Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) www.leaderlive.co.uk.
Having suffered five consecutive defeats for the first time in eight years, we desperately need to turn things around tomorrow. Indeed, we haven’t won a league game in six weeks, since we triumphed at Torquay. Admittedly the length of that poor run is exaggerated by the fact that we’ve played two rounds of the FA Trophy and had two league postponements in that time, but it’s still a worrying statistic.
As we look to end that sequence we come up against Lincoln, who worryingly aren’t opponents we’ve enjoyed a great deal of joy against recently.
We haven’t beaten them in our last five clashes, drawing the last three 1-1 after they did the double over us two seasons ago.
A fast start would be nice tomorrow, as we’ve only managed a goal in the opening half man in three of our last twelve matches.
An early strike would also be out of keeping with our recent home matches against Lincoln. In each of their last three visits to The Racecourse The Imps have scored the first goal. Kyle Storer’s powerful strike earned us a draw last season but the campaign before that we never came back from a sloppy goal conceded from a long range free kick after Joslain Mayebi failed to line his line up properly and lost 1-0.
The year before that, in October 2012, we did even worse, suffering our worst ever home loss to Lincoln. One down at the break, a horrible start to the second half saw us collapse to a 3-0 deficit with twenty minutes left. Jay Colbeck pulled a goal back but we were soon 4-1 down and Joe Clarke’s last minute strike was a mere consolation.
For our last home win against Lincoln you have to go back to November 2011. Mathias Pogba got us off to the perfect start when he put us ahead in the 11th minute, and he secured a 2-0 win when he scored a penalty early in the second half.
Our biggest home victory over The Imps came back in August 1949 when 13,162 fans, the most to be attracted to The Racecourse to watch Lincoln, were rewarded by the only hat trick scored by a Wrexham player in ninety five games against City. Jack Boothway was the man who went home with the match ball and Dennis Grainger get the other in a 4-0 win.
Boothway developed a real liking for Lincoln and his hat trick was the culmination of a fine run of form against them at The Racecourse. He scored in four consecutive home games against them, striking twice in a further two of them as he struck eight times. With another goal to his credit at Sincil Bank, his total of nine puts him comfortably on top of the list of Wrexham scorers against The Imps, five ahead of Tommy Bamford and six in front of Norman Sharp and Graham Cooper
Wes York makes his one hundred and seventy fifth career appearance tomorrow, and with nine goals to his credit he’s already enjoying the most prolific season of his career.