Wrexham 2 Mansfield Town 1

It’s been a great season, but I don’t think there’s been a performance to beat that one. Facing the side in the best form in the history of the Conference-if they’d won Mansfield would have set a competition record of 13 consecutive wins-and outplaying them was an achievement of note. Showing the character to come back from the opening ten minutes of the second half, … Continue reading Wrexham 2 Mansfield Town 1

Thornton, Little, Fowler and the Talent Lottery

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) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. The fine art of sifting through the players arriving on a non-league manager’s desk during the transfer window is one of the less glamorous but more crucial … Continue reading Thornton, Little, Fowler and the Talent Lottery

Muddy Hell Awaits at Newport

Sometimes it’s a good thing that your opponents let in five goals at home three days ago: it shows that they’re useless and ripe for the picking. That’s definitely not the case tonight though. Andy Morrell’s right to anticipate Newport being like “a wounded animal” tonight. They got thumped 5-0 by Forest Green at Rodney Parade on New Year’s Day, and will have been hurting … Continue reading Muddy Hell Awaits at Newport

You Win Nothing With Kids

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) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. With Dean Keates playing his 600th career match tonight, it seems appropriate to reflect on how Andy Morrell has looked to develop a balance between youth and … Continue reading You Win Nothing With Kids

Joe Clarke Gets His Reward

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) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. I was glad to see Joe Clarke given a contract until the end of the season as he’s proven himself to be a very useful member of … Continue reading Joe Clarke Gets His Reward