Wrexham : Imps Can Slay The Firebreathing Foe

Wrexham FC have strengthened with Bishop from Bury FC, Anyinsah (Bristol Rovers – international clearance just through), Bailey-Jones  (Manchester City)  and  Theo N’Tame on a six month deal until January. So with just the three in and two out Andy Morrell is clearly happy with a side that plays some super football. Tomorrow will be a game for the purists between two sides, just the two points between them (in the Imps favour), committed to playing passing football.

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs


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Manager Andy Morrell
Formation 4-3-3 att
STMI Forecast Play-offs
Position 2012/13 5th in BSP
Average Gate 3526
Away following 363

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With Keates out for with a broken toe and Harris missing after seeing red against Hyde, the Wrexham midfield is a little lighter than Morrell would like.  Evans comes in for Harris whilst Clarke and Thornton will be a test for Nolan and Foster or Fofana.  Right-back Wright is back from suspension after seeing red on opening day with in-form Newton sure to test his disciplinary record further. Left-back Hunt very much a life and soul of the Dragons side, could be a busy lad too, Ade Yussuff is 50/50 to replace Power (who saw red yesterday) but then Fairhurst and Rowe could be fit enough to both start, suggesting Sheridan could also miss out.

N’Tame and Clowes are a decent centre back pairing but they do concede goals with Thomlinson’s pace (if fit)  and the runs of Rowe and Fairhurst a problem. Ciezlewics and Ormerod are tricky when the go down the flanks or cut inside and Bishop has been scoring at a higher level with style guile and a smile for years. Another big test for Brown and Boyce with Newton certainly having his hands full with Ciezlewics. But then the youngster has been outstanding so far this season showing why he is a crowd pleaser at every club he has been at in his so far short but assist and goal laden career.

Miller may keep his spot, if there has been no reaction, but Gray has been superb this season as ever.  We must remember he does not really have the pace that Miller does, indeed his natural position would be one of those two defensive midfield slots that are so central to the spine of an Imps side that has done well against the quality sides with budgets that dwarf ours.  Wrexham’s is over three times greater than the one Simmo has thrived on.

We do not want to read too much into the unlucky 13th and 90th minute penalties that earned Hyde a surprise 2-2 draw. The Dragons got two in three minutes thanks to a Thornton drive on 24 and N’Tame’s cool strike on 27 then controlled the game until Harris lashed out , to see red, five minutes before the interval.  Sack the juggler N’Tame was adjudged to have handled to allow Spencer to add to Collins earlier penalty.

The Dragons will roar and score, but if Fairhurst, Thomlinson and Rowe are fit we could edge a five goal thriller tomorrow.

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Likely Team & scheme

Morrell likes a swashbuckling 4-3-3

1 Mayebi

2 Wright 26 N’Tame 17 Clowes 16 Hunt

6 Clarke               21 Evans

4 Thornton

7 Ciezlewics                              10 Ormerod

9 Bishop

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Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Clarke 1 Thornton 1
Ormerod 1 Bishop 1
Ciezlewics 1 Reid 1
Reid 1    
Ogleby 1    
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Harris 3 Wright 0
Mayebi 1    
Wright 1    
Thornton 1    
Clarke 1    
Bishop 1    
Reid 1    

The Summer plans

Danny Wright’s departure saddened Morrell, his fabulous goal in the semi at Gainsborough was a joy to behold as awestruck neutrals followed the trajectory as it curled into the top corner. But he finally got Bishop   Defender Martin Riley has also gone to the promoted Stags, yet will it really affect the style and smile of the best footballing side in the Conference? In full flow, with Keates conducting and the irrepressible Hunt and Harris having a go, they do put on a show. Then again they concede.

Morrell played a waiting game for a centre-back with target N’Tame finally signing to complete the jigsaw. The side certainly has strength in depth with the  fringe players and youths seeing valuable loan time at Welsh Premier League neighbours.  The flamboyant 4-3-3 does leave them open against certain formations and the more physical sides, but Morrell has stuck to his guns and a football philosophy that is poetry in motion for this level.  With Keates at the heart what else would one expect.?

Wrexham’s defeat to Newport in an all-Welsh Play-off final after defeating form team Kidderminster was tough to take.  The Dragons won the FA Trophy, the whole set-up is Football-League standard, including a generous budget that surely cannot go on forever? If any side deserve to go up on football alone, it is the Dragons, who have stayed true in every game I have seen them play. They do not so much breathe fire, more poetic plumes, yet at vital times they crashed and burned at the boots of the BSP bruisers. Hopefully Skrill, with a little less ‘R’ might just be the new dawn they need to finally get over the play-off line.

IN Player From Pos Fee
20th June T Bailey-Jones Irlam FC Winger Free
11th July Andy Bishop Bury For Free
1st Aug Theo N’Tame free agent Def   
23rd Aug Anyinsah Bristol Rovers  For
OUT Player To Pos Fee
1st July Danny Wright Forest Green  For Free
4th June Martin Riley Mansfield Def Free
Released Chris Westwood Alfreton Def  
Released Declan Walker      
Released Jamie Morton

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Dragon’s Squad 2013/14

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1 Joslain Mayebi, 13 Andy Coughlin,

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2 Stephen Wright, 3 Neil Ashton, 5 Mark Creighton, 16 Johnny Hunt, 20 Leon Clowes, 24 Kyle Parle, 26 Theo N’Tame 30 Steve Tomassen, 34 Anthony Stephens,

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4 Kevin Thornton, 7 Adrian Cieslewicz, 8 Jay Harris, 12 Dean Keates, 14 Joe Clarke, 22 Bradley Reid, 23 Jonathan Royle, 25 Theo Bailey-Jones, 28 Rob Evans,

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9 Andy Bishop, 10 Brett Ormerod, 11 Andy Morrell, 15 Robert Ogleby, 18 Jay Colbeck, 19 Nick Rushton, 26 Joe Anyinsah


Posted on August 25, 2013, in Match Previews, The Form of The Foe, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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