If there’s a lesson to learn from watching the European Championships, it’s that you shouldn’t jump to conclusions. There are three ex-Wrexham players appearing in the tournament, and they all started their nation’s first match, yet none of them got a sustained chance to show their class for us. Danny Ward was a bold selection as Wales’ goalkeeper by Rob Page, if only because Wayne … Continue reading Wrexham’s Euro Stars
Two matches is a very small sample size so perhaps I should guard against getting carried away. However, our last two matches suggest that Jon Nolan has the capability to become that most rare of things – a successful loan signing. In fact, the current crop of loanees are shaping up quite well. James Caton looked sharp when he came on against Shrewsbury, and the … Continue reading Is Jon Nolan About to Break the Loan Jinx?
It’s a big day for Gary Mills tomorrow as he faces his old side. Mills spent two seasons at Gateshead, taking charge of 103 games, and he had a variable record in this fixture. Two seasons ago his encounters with Wrexham turned out to be a wash out. When we met at the Gateshead International Stadium in September 2013 the visitors took a decisive grip … Continue reading PREVIEW: Wrexham AFC v Gateshead FC
So, what do we have to do to convince Carl Darlington to take the job? Because frankly, I left Blundell Park wanting to see a lot more of the same! There was an uncomfortable feeling all season that Wrexham’s squad could be doing a lot better if better decisions had been made from the bench, not to mention a notion that there was no coincidence … Continue reading Where did it all go wrong?
Positives: The switch to 4-4-2 at half time which opened up the match and made victory possible. Superb character was shown to fight back from an unthreatening first half performance. Dan Bachmann’s string of excellent saves. Five out of five in the shoot-out. Possibly Manny Smith’s best performance of the season – and that’s saying something! Another superb Connor Jennings goal. Steve Tomassen’s solidity at … Continue reading BALANCE SHEET: Gateshead FC v Wrexham FC
POSITIVES An emphatically dominant performance, especially in the second half. Two goals and three assists for Wes York. Louis Moult helped himself to three goals over the course of one and a half matches in the tie. Mark Carrington was highly impressive when switched into midfield. Steve Tomassen’s effervescent cameo. Andy Bishop’s superb assist for Louis Moult’s second goal. The Moult-Bishop partnership showed promising signs. … Continue reading BALANCE SHEET: Wrexham FC v Stockport County
What fortunate timing! Good job we had to ask Stoke to let us keep Dan Bachmann before we play them in the cup. If we’d asked them after our glorious 4-0 victory they might not have been in such a charitable mood! Stoke are the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas! Bachmann’s presence is clearly crucial if we’re to achieve anything this season, and … Continue reading Stoke City: the club that keep on giving
It was certainly a fantastic victory over Eastleigh at the Racecourse Ground last Saturday, so someone out of the 11 squad should be named man of the match! It was great to be amongst Mark Griffiths and Alex Taylor in the commentary box throughout the 90 minutes witnessing the Dragons forget their Derby defeat to thrash Eastleigh by three goals. I was the summariser behind … Continue reading Jamie’s Man of the Match against Eastleigh
Positives Elliott Durrell scored! Andy Bishop scored! Dean Keates returned, lasted ninety minutes, and gave the midfield some authority. We made a side which have invested heavily and are aiming for promotion look rather pedestrian. Dan Bachmann’s domination of the penalty area. Mark Carrington’s polished return to the team. We actually took our chances when we were on top, unlike last Monday! Negatives Although not … Continue reading Balance Sheet: Wrexham v Eastleigh
The problem with season-defining matches is you can only spot them with hindsight. The 6-1 beating at Crewe in 1992, the 1-0 loss at Exeter in 2003 and the decision by Dean Saunders to play Jamie Tolley behind the strikers at Kettering in and throw caution to the wind all stand out as moments which, either by developing a new way of playing or offering … Continue reading Forest Green Rovers 0 Wrexham 1
Positives: We now have a right-footed and a left-footed option at free kicks: Dean Keates and Louis Moult. The terrific work rate when we didn’t have the ball. The noisy away support, who were amply rewarded not only by the result but also by Lee Hughes! The more compact look the side had without the ball as a result of the shift to 4-4-2. … Continue reading Balance Sheet: FGR v Wrexham
A game in which too many small factors turned against Wrexham; you can cope with that sometimes, but Woking were too well drilled not to capitalise on their marginal gains. The flow of events against Wrexham went from a borderline disallowed equaliser (above), which was beyond their control, to a badly-mistimed Andy Bishop header in injury time which certainly wasn’t. Then there was a big … Continue reading Wrexham 1 Woking 2