We only played each other three weeks ago, but it might as well have been a decade ago interms of giving Wrexham and Torquay pointers about how today’s game will go. Both sides have been on a considerable journey since then.
We’ve seen how Wrexham’s tough FA Trophy draw has forged a gritty spirit, topped off with the superb win over Barnet last weekend. Throughout that process we’ve morphed into a side with a different shape which has attacked with a great deal more conviction than in the preceding weeks.The game against Torquay saw us play a stodgy midfield diamond which certainly made us solid, but never looked like offering us the creativity to push on and score.
Now, with Kieron Morris fully assimilated into the side, we have looked more threatening. Bearing this in mind, and the fact that the closing stages of that game against The Gulls, after we switched to a more attacking formation, saw us open them up at will, ought to be grounds for optimism.
The trouble is, Torquay will be looking at things the same way.
The first thing to remember is that they arrived at The Racecourse nursing a number of injuries. Yes, they were fortunate to emerge with a point, benefiting from our cautious opening 75 minutes, but they clearly emerged with limited expectations. Now, with virtually a full squad to choose from bolstered by some new additions to the squad, they have a side which will arrive with much higher expectations.
Their recent form bears this out. Three weeks ago they arrived at The Racecourse having won just three of their previous ten games, all against lower division opposition in the Trophy. Since then they’ve played twice and won both times, including an impressive win away to play-off chasing Eastleigh achieved while we were beating the league leaders.
Who would have anticipated after that drab 0-0 draw that we’d be facing each other again so soon as two of the form sides in the division? Three weeks clearly is a long time in football.