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Blues and Dragons: Creighton praises Westwood

Plaudits for Westwood

WREXHAM: Mark Creighton, a key figure in Wrexham’s promotion push this season before missing the last two matches with injury, has praised replacement Chris Westwood.

After suffering the hamstring strain in the win at Kidderminster, defender Creighton has missed the Dragons’ defeat at Stockport and their victory at Kettering on Sunday, where Jamie Tolley got the only goal to seal a 1-0 victory.

“It’s (the injury) okay, I managed to get a training session in, it’s another stage on the road to recovery,” said Creighton.

“I think Chris Westwood has been our best player over the last two games since he has come in, I thought he was excellent on Saturday in the win at Kettering, and I felt he was definitely our best player.

“It’s just a case of all the lads pulling together and doing the best they can when they’re in the shirt and if you’ve got it then you try to keep it.”

Wrexham boss Andy Morrell has signed former Liverpool defender Steven Wright, and may have a few welcome selection headaches during the final run-in of the season.

Wrexham entertained Luton last night after the Chronicle went to press and face Barrow at the Racecourse on Saturday (3pm) and Ebbsfleet away on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Ashley is on the mend

CHESTER: former Airbus midfielder Ashley Westwood is almost ready to return to action after injuring his shoulder back in August.

The player is back in full training to offer a boost to Blues boss Neil Young as the season approaches its climax.

There is no match this weekend for Chester but they did play last night, after the Chronicle went to press.

A victory in that game against Burscough would mean the Blues went 11 points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

On Saturday the Blues beat Frickley Athletic 3-1 away from home.

Christian Smith, Iain Howard and George Horan got the goals and afterward Young said: “I thought in the first half in particular, defensively we were very strong and organised in very difficult conditions – the only thing we didn’t have was snow!

“But it was always the plan to sit in and defend in the first half. Second half we just had to stay together, keep going and take our chances when they came. All in all, apart from a sloppy defensive error for their goal, we did very well.”