>So tell me, is it a coincidence that the first time we manage to beat Histon is also the first time we didn’t play a horses-for-courses team against them? In three previous games Saunders has played a back four consisting totally of centre backs, and the fact we haven’t scored in any of those games is surely not unrelated. I’ve always taken it as a … Continue reading >Histon Conundrum Cracked
>Four years ago we enjoyed a great laugh at Dave Bayliss’ expense. He managed the humiliating feat of getting sent off against us while he was on loan from us! Rejected, then he bombs out in public! Well, who’s laughing now? Barrow’s victory over Wrexham tonight doesn’t guarantee safety for Bayliss’ side, of course, but it’s a huge result for them. And, sadly, for us. … Continue reading >Reality Bites Hard in the Lakes
>In the 1980s the news was full of experts billed as “Kreminologists”. Their job was to gauge the temperature at the heart of the Soviet government, looking to read the signs of which leaders were in fashion and in which direction the byzantine party machine would lurch. Heaven knows how in the loop they really were, and you could ask the same of anyone trying … Continue reading >A Whole New Ball Game For Saunders
> I’m feeling a bit encouraged. It seems to me that Dean Saunders has hit upon a new line of attack, and it might just work! It might be a bit late for this season, but there are the green shoots of some sort of recovery showing. It starts with his two transfer window signings. Luke Holden and Andy Mangan are the sort of players … Continue reading >Saunders’ Scouse Scufflers
> I’m really looking forward to this afternoon’s game, despite the fact that we’re the two dullest teams in The Conference-fewer goals are scored in ours and Altrincham’s games than anyone else’s-and the only goal in our two games last month came completely out of the blue. Both those matches saw an interesting tactical battle of wits break out between the managers, and encouragingly Dean … Continue reading >Tactical Strikes
> So where do you stand on Jamie McCluskey? And more importantly, how does Dean Saunders see him? He’s hardly had a proper run to show what he can do; admittedly the injuries he keeps picking up don’t help, nor his finishing; let’s just say he hasn’t found his feet in front of goal yet! Both those factors could count against him when he looks … Continue reading >McCluskey’s Catch-22
> At last! And you thought the Christiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid saga was tiresome! Now we have to see if we was worth the wait. To be fair, you can’t fault Saunders for his pursuit of him. When did we last land the top scorer in our division? He looks like the type of player we’re screaming out for too, so let’s hope he … Continue reading >Mangan Signs For Wrexham at last!
>We’re getting a lot of optimistic noises from The Racecourse, with Dean Saunders talking about getting nine points in a week, and Gareth Taylor talking about promotion pushes. I wouldn’t want to hear anything else coming out of the club; you don’t want your club to give up the season before January. However, I suspect January might just be the cruellest month when it comes … Continue reading >Fear of January
> Never mind where’s Wally, where’s Angelos?When we signed Angelos Tsiaklis I was rather pleased. Here was a player who’d done well on loan last season and was clearly technically sound. With him on the pitch results were good last season, so he appeared to be a good acquisition. I was pleased with his debut at Cambridge too. Having not been attached to a club … Continue reading >An Embarrassment of Riches
> Tonight’s crowd was the first time we’ve attracted less than two thousand fans to a league match in nine years! Admittedly there were extenuating circumstances: a freezing night, the third of three home games in a week and Man United reserves live on Sky in the League Cup. Still, the main factor is that we’re in poor form in the lowest league we’ve played … Continue reading >Three’s a Crowd
> Tonight’s game could answer a few questions. Like whether the accepted line on Wrexham, that we excel against the better sides and are clueless when a team sets out to deny us, is true. Forest Green have not traditionally been a side which parks the bus, but their dire league position and the loss of Jimmy Harvey might lead to a period of necessary … Continue reading >Will We See The Woods For The Trees?
> Christian Smith’s suspension leaves Dean Saunders with no option but to wrestle with an issue which is coming to define our season: the balance between defence and attack. He knows that in Smith and Andy Fleming, a pairing who have been fixtures in the centre of midfield for a while now, he has a duo who offer admirable protection to our defence but are … Continue reading >A Matter of Balance
> The cup tie tomorrow will, no doubt, see Dean Saunders fall back on his most experienced and reliable performers, and there can be no doubt that Gareth Taylor falls into that category. Yet the Kidderminster game posed an interesting question. Look back at last Sunday: Robbie Keane is a fine player and has been a regular for Spurs, but things haven’t properly gelled up … Continue reading Will Gareth Taylor Suffer From Robbie Keane Syndrome?