Jan 4 2011 by Mark Currie, Daily Post
WREXHAM manager Dean Saunders last night called on supporters to turn out in force for this Saturday’s Racecourse clash with Blue Square Bet Premier promotion rivals, Grimsby Town.
The Mariners, one of only four teams to have beaten the Dragons this season, have scored 13 goals in back-to-back New Year wins against Mansfield Town and Histon and are currently two points behind Saunders’ men at the halfway point.
But the Racecourse boss is promising to meet fire with fire.
“It should be a good game and hopefully we get a massive crowd here next week because, as we normally do, we’ll be going for the throat,” he said.
“I’d like get 5,000 in the ground if I could and one day see 7,000 or 8,000 back again, but I also know that years ago there were only 1,100 or 1,200 here.”
Speaking after 2,600 fans watched Wrexham beat Bath City 2-0, having drawn 0-0 at Altrincham last weekend, Saunders added: “We’re getting decent crowds for this division but it is freezing cold and people get out of the habit of coming because so many games have been called off.
“We have got great supporters and to take the crowd we took to Altrincham was magnificent. The only problem was that Altrincham raised their game because they don’t play in front of crowds of 1,000 very often.”
Yesterday’s Racecourse victory, thanks to a Gareth Taylor penalty and a first goal for the club from Mathias Pogba, extended the Dragons unbeaten run to nine matches and the Racecourse boss was delighted with the performance.
“I thought we were excellent first half and we totally dominated the game,” he added. “We must have had 80% of possession in the first half and we had some opportunities that didn’t go in. I thought Adrian Cieslewicz should have scored, (Dean) Keates had a chance just before that and Jay Harris had two shots from the centre of the goal that went wide.
“Eventually we got the goal we deserved. Mark Creighton hit a great ball over the top and Curtis Obeng got across his man for the penalty. Gareth Taylor took the penalty well and, to be honest, he won every header all afternoon so I was really pleased.
“We got a bit tired as the game was stretched and we couldn’t catch the play up. That’s natural because some of them have not played for six weeks before Altrincham. To have two games in three days is like coming back from injury, you get through the first on adrenaline and it’s the next one that does you.”
Saunders also revealed that several team members had recently been struggling with a viral infection.
“Curtis has been ill for probably seven days and I was lucky he played today, but he went completely in the second half,” he added.
“There was a few of them with a virus – Chris Maxwell and Gareth Taylor – while Jay Harris has just recovered and only trained on Friday.”