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December 20th, 2012 / Armchair Punter - Category:
GRIMSBY TOWN v WREXHAM
Football – England – Blue Square Premier
Friday 21st December 2012 – Kickoff: 1945hrs
Friday night brings us a mouth-watering prospect at the top of the Blue Square Premier as second placed Grimsby Town take on third placed Wrexham at Blundell Park with just one point and one position separating them in the non-league elite.
Grimsby Town have put in some solid results with the odd defeat here and there but it’s just two defeats in their last nine which has maintained their challenge for promotion honours but it won’t be easy with the top five positions being filled by teams such as Newport County, Grimsby Town themselves, Wrexham, Forest Green Rovers and per-season promotion favourites Luton Town.
Nevertheless, it’s the team that can hold their nerve and the most consistent that takes the BSP title and moves up into the football league with the big-boys in what is arguably the hardest division to gain promotion from.
Grimsby’s home record stands at 7-1-3 23/8 and they possess the meanest defensive record at home in the division – The Mariners have also kept five clean sheets so far on home turf and will be hard to break down again tonight I dare say. In addition, Grimsby also have attacking options in the shape of Hannah (9 goals), Disley (4 goals), Pond (4 goals, 3 assists) and Colbeck (5 assists) and they could take advantage of Wrexhams recent indifferent performances in the BSP.
Onto the visitors then and Wrexham have been held up a couple of times recently in their push to challenge Welsh rivals Newport County for top position as they’ve lost to Hereford United and Kidderminster in recent weeks along with being held at home in a 1-1 draw with Gateshead.
The Dragons have inflicted crushing defeats on lower half clubs Braintree Town 5-1 and Nuneaton Town 6-1 but these results are expected of them if they consider themselves true promotion material. Wrexham’s away record stands at 5-3-2 18/10 and they lost their first away match in nine outings when they lost at Kidderminster a couple of weeks ago.
However, when you look at their defeats on the road (mixed in with all the wins and draws) you’ll notice that they tend to struggle against the top half teams on their travels which is a statistic worth noting here and gives Grimsby a better than average chance of taking the points here tonight.
Grimsby have been solid at home with a strong defensive unit behind them while Wrexham have flattered to deceive a little in recent weeks so I’ll back The Mariners (again with the round ball) as its a top of the table clash but don’t be surprised if Grimsby edge this one perhaps 1-0.
Pick: Grimsby Town AH0 @ 1.74 Pinnacle
September 3rd, 2012 / Armchair Punter - Category:
Football – England – Blue Square Premier
Tuesday 4th September 2012 – Kickoff: 1945hrs
Home side Wrexham could move into second place if they take all three points against newly promoted Hyde United at the Racecourse ground on Tuesday night.
The Dragons started the new Blue Square Premier campaign with a 3-1 home win over another promoted side Woking, but then suffered a mini dip in form which saw them lose 0-2 at relegated League Two side Macclesfield Town before playing out draws against Ebbsfleet United and Grimsby Town, 1-1 and 0-0 respectively.
However, things look to be getting back on track with back-to-back wins at Tamworth 1-0 which was a good result, and then toppling their local rivals Newport County 2-0 in the Welsh derby at the weekend. Wrexham remain unbeaten at home too.
Wrexham should at least make the play-offs again this season and will no doubt be determined to go one step better this time around having finished in second place some 9 points clear of Mansfield Town and a ridiculous 15 points ahead of eventually promoted York City. By the way, did anyone else think that Gary Mills’ celebrations at the end of the play-off final were a little over the top and unnecessarily prolonged? It wasn’t as if he’d guided his side to World Cup final glory after all.
New signing striker Brett Ormerod will be expected to take up where Jake Speight left off as Speight has now left the club to Mansfield Town.
Promoted side Hyde United have found life hard going in the step up from Blue Square North and they’ve taken just 2 points from the possible first 18 on offer which were draws against Braintree Town and Barrow, 2-2 and 0-0 respectively.
Since then, Scott McNiven’s side have endured four straight defeats at the hands of Luton Town 1-2, Mansfield Town 0-1, Southport 0-2 and Forest Green Rovers 1-3 at the weekend. Their defensive frailties may well come to the surface again at strong Wrexham, and they’ve conceded 9 goals so far on their travels.
Former Southend United striker Scott Spencer who was prolific in Hyde’s promotion campaign from BSN (scoring 31 goals in total) has grabbed a couple so far, and journeyman forward Phil Jevons will also need to be watched closely.
This is a game that Wrexham should win comfortably, but the main question is by how many? I’ll play it safe as it’s a midweek fixture and back Wrexham to cover the -1 line here in what could be a 2-0 or 3-0 encounter.
Pick: Wrexham AH-1 @ 1.65 bet365
May 2nd, 2012 / Armchair Punter - Category:
Blue Square Premier Play-Off Semi Final 1st Leg
Thursday 3rd May 2012 – Kickoff: 1930hrs
They finished seventeen points adrift of their opponents tonight in the Blue Square Premier, but Luton Town have a chance to destroy Wrexham’s hopes of returning to the Football League when the two sides clash at Kenilworth Road on Thursday night.
Luton re-found their form in the run-in to this campaign posting four wins and two draws in their last six matches to secure that final play-off place and now, perhaps unfairly, they are on level ground with the Dragons who finished the regular season in second place some nine points clear of third placed Mansfield Town.
This won’t worry Luton one little bit though and they have first crack at Wrexham on home turf. Luton’s home record finished up at 15-4-4 48/15 and they have the best defensive record at home in the BSP, with only Grimsby Town (51), Fleetwood Town and Mansfield (both with 50 goals) scoring more than them at home.
The Hatters also put in some great performances in the latter stages of the season with wins over Ebbsfleet, Kidderminster and most notably, Fleetwood Town away from home 2-0. Talking of Fleetwood, Stuart is Luton’s leading scorer with 11 goals, along with Crow and Morgan-Smith (both with 9 goals) and midfielder Robbie Willmott (8 goals, 5 assists) while defender Jake Howells (5 goals, 9 assists) has chipped in with some important goals and assists.
Wrexham may be excused for feeling a little hard done by as they finished runners-up to Fleetwood Town in the BSP heads and shoulders above their play-off rivals, yet they find themselves in the same boat as everyone else. Oh well, that’s the way the play-offs were designed and I guess you can’t deny the excitement and the welcome extra revenue it generates each season.
But Wrexham need to put their disappointments behind them and make sure they at least reach the final – but first they must overcome a strong Luton outfit. The Dragons, by their standards, put in some ordinary results in the run-in with no wins in five matches (including draws against Cambridge, Fleetwood and Grimsby), ordinarily considered to be good results, but in the context of the situation, was a contributing factor to them missing out on automatic promotion – oh and the losses against Alfreton and Mansfield didn’t help either.
Wrexham’s away record finished at 14-5-4 37/16, and they comfortably had the tightest defensive record on the road by some margin. I have a feeling that they may well need this on Thursday night as Luton prepare to throw the kitchen sink in order to edge an advantage.
Speight, Morrell and Pogba (19, 10 and 10 goals respectively) are the main dangermen, and this trio have also contributed 20 assists between them, so there are no shortages of attacking spark.
Luton go into this match with more confidence I feel, particularly on the back of the Fleetwood result, and I fancy them to edge a slender lead to take with them to the Racecourse ground next week. I’ll back Luton Town with a 1-0 win here.
Main Pick: Luton Town straight win @ 2.40 Ladbrokes
Value Pick: Luton Town AH-1 @ 3.55 bet365
January 13th, 2012 / Armchair Punter - Category:
Blue Square Premier
Saturday 14th January 2012 – Kickoff: 1500hrs
Mid-table Tamworth take on second placed Wrexham at The Lamb Ground on Saturday afternoon as they seek their first win in five matches.
Tamworth have not enjoyed a good end to 2011 suffering three straight losses at the hands of Forest Green, Luton Town and perhaps most damagingly, Alfreton Town. This mini period saw them concede 11 goals whilst scoring just 4 themselves.
The Lambs’ home record stands at a credible 6-4-2 19/13, with recent wins over Hayes & Yeading and Braintree Town, but they could only manage a 2-2 draw with cash-strapped Kettering Town. I think it’s also worth noting that Tamworth lost 1-3 at home to Luton Town in mid-December and have historically struggled against top six teams (home and away).
Forward iyseden Christie (9 goals) heads their scoring charts and is backed up by Kieron St Aimie (7 goals) while midfielder Danny Thomas (2 goals, 3 assists) has been the main provider for the front two.
Wrexham travel to the midlands on the back of five successive league wins and will be aiming to make it six on the trot as they now sit in second place behind Fleetwood Town who have swept aside all who have dared challenge them recently.
The Dragons have been clinical lately themselves with wins over Darlington, Southport, Gateshead and Telford home and away over the Christmas period.
Their away record stands at an impressive 8-3-1 21/7, and are unbeaten in their last eight league matches on the road. The welsh outfit also beat Tamworth earlier in the season at the Racecourse ground 3-0. In addition they also possess the best defence away from home, conceding just 7 goals and keeping three clean sheets in the process.
Leading scorer is Jake Speight (11 goals, 5 assists) along with Mathias Pogba (7 goals, 3 assists), Andrew Morrell (5 goals, 3 assists) and midfielder Adrian Cieslewicz (4 goals, 3 assists) while Curtis Obeng has chipped in with 4 assists.
Time to go all out again in this one and I’ll back Wrexham to do the business at Tamworth today in their bid to reclaim top spot – Wrexham to win 2-1.
Main Pick: Wrexham straight win @ 1.96 Pinnacle
Value Pick: Wrexham AH-1 @ 2.86 Pinnacle
October 3rd, 2011 / Armchair Punter - Category:
GATESHEAD v WREXHAM (Blue Square Premier)
Tuesday 4th October 2011 – Kickoff: 1945hrs
It’s a top-of-the-table clash on Tuesday night at the Gateshead International Stadium when Conference leaders Gateshead entertain third-placed Wrexham with the winners guaranteed top spot.
The Tyne And Wear outfit have really come out of the blocks this season and along with Fleetwood Town, remain unbeaten at home so far. The Heed Army possess an impressive home record of 4-3-0 12/5, and have registered wins over Mansfield Town, Grimsby Town, Alfreton and York City. However, Gateshead’s recent 1-1 draw with Tamworth on Saturday produced mixed fortunes despite them extending their unbeaten run.
Centre-back Ben Clark was substituted with a torn hamstring and will definitely miss the Tuesday night show-down with Wrexham. At this level , with reduced finances and squad depth this is a crucial point. Ewan Moyes is therefore set to make his debut at the back, while fellow central defender James Curtis is a doubt with a cut eye.
At the other end though, the undoubted dangerman is striker Jon Shaw (12 goals), Yemi Obudabe (2 goals, 2 assists), along with creativity being supplied by Chris Gate (2 goals, 3 assists) and Michael Cummins (3 assists), Gateshead have scored in every home match to date.
Travelling Wrexham prove there is life after Dean Saunders as they sit in third place following his departure to Championship side Doncaster Rovers, a move he simply could not turn down.
Following his exit, the Dragons have won two and lost one under the guidance of new manager Andy Morrell, while on the road their form reads 4-1-1 12/6, with wins at Bath City, Lincoln City, Alfreton and Grimsby Town.
Wrexham have failed to score on their travels just once so far which was a 0-0 draw at Southport, but there are plenty of attacking options open to Morrell; leading scorer is forward Jake Speight (6 goals, 4 assists) but they will be without his services as he is suspended following a yellow card against Ebbsfleet United, along with experienced midfielder Jamie Tolley (3 goals) for the same reason.
Defender Chris Westwood is a serious doubt also coming off with a hamstring injury, while Lee Fowler (2 goals, 1 assist) is a doubt and may not make it for Tuesday. However, they still have Andrew Morrell (4 goals) himself, along with Curtis Obeng (4 assists).
This is a tough one to call but I think Gateshead just about hold the advantage in this fixture with Wrexham’s leading scorer Speight ruled out, along with it being on home soil as well. Gateshead to win 1-0, but will take them with the round ball for safety.
Main Pick: Gateshead AH0 @ 1.62 William Hill
Value Pick: Gateshead straight win @ 2.38 William Hill
Goalscorer: Jon Shaw to score anytime @ 2.50 bet365
May 9th, 2011 / Armchair Punter - Category:
LUTON TOWN v WREXHAM
Blue Square Premier – Play-Off Semi Final 2nd Leg
Tuesday 10th May 2011 – Kickoff 7.45pm
Luton Town entertain play-off rivals Wrexham in the second leg of their semi-final at their Kenilworth Road ground, and will be careful not to let an impressive 3 goal lead slip against the Welsh outfit.
The Hatters are seemingly on course to make the play-off final with their likely opponents being AFC Wimbledon who hold a 2-0 lead over their semi-final opponents Fleetwood Town. But both Luton and AFC Wimbledon will need to make sure of their final places with solid home performances.
Looking at Luton Town first; their home record during the regulation season was a most impressive 14-7-2 57/17, with only promoted Crawley Town losing the same amount of home matches. Striker Matthew Barnes-Homer (16 goals, 5 assists) leads the way although was on the bench in the first leg so may be rested for the final. Claude Gnapka (14 goals, 8 assists) has also found the net on a regular basis, along with Alex Lawless (4 goals, 6 assists), Robbie Willmott (6 goals, 4 assists) and Lloyd Owusu (6 goals).
With that kind of firepower at their disposal, the Hatters will be very hard to stop as they bid to make a return to the football league. Luton are also on a seven match unbeaten run at home.
Wrexham go into this match facing an uphill task as they travel to Bedfordshire trailing their opponents 0-3. The Dragons now have nothing to lose as they’ll look to attack Luton from the off and try and score an early goal to upset the nerves of the hosts.
The Dragons have had a much improved season compared to last term and manager Dean Saunders has done a fantastic job of lifting his Welsh outfit into the play-offs this time around. Also, credit to the board as many others would have lost patience with Saunders following a disappointing return last season.
Wrexham’s away record in the league season stood at 9-8-6 30/25, and won only once in their last six on the road. To make matters potentially worse for them is their recent track record at Kenilworth Road; the Dragons haven’t won there in their last four visits which consist of three straight losses and one draw.
Dragons striker Andrew Mangan (15 goals, 6 assists) is their leading scorer and will need to be watched closely I fancy. Midfielder Gareth Taylor (6 goals, 4 assists) and Jay Harris (4 goals, 5 assists) are also dangerous going forward.
The Verdict: Luton Town will not want to take their foot off the pedal here despite the temptation to play for a draw, and Wrexham will push forward in numbers searching for early goals; this in turn should create more space for Luton to counter-attack. Anyhow, the better team should still win tonight – Luton Town to win 2-1.
November 10th, 2010 / Armchair Punter - Category:
Blue Square Conference
Wrexham (10th) v Luton Town (3rd)
Thursday 11th November 2010 – 7.45pm
It’s another foray into the Conference on Thursday night as hosts Wrexham entertain high-flying Luton Town at their Racecourse Ground in the solitary Conference fixture midweek.
The Dragons have only lost once at home so far in this campaign, which is a vast improvement on last season’s form as they lost six on home turf. Their home record stands at 3-4-1 12/7, with veteran striker Andrew Morrell (4 goals, 2 assists) heading the goalscoring charts along with fellow ageing forward Gareth Taylor (4 goals, 2 assists) also – plenty of experience up front.
Wrexham’s only loss came against league leaders AFC Wimbledon recently.
Midfielder Dean Keates (3 goals, 3 assists) is also dangerous going forward, and the third forward likely to play is Andrew Mangan (1 goal, 3 assists) as Wrexham take an attacking approach.
Defenders Marvin Andrews and Frank Sinclair are both available again, as too is young midfielder Adrian Cieslewicz, although manager Dean Saunders will probably stick with the side that drew at Histon 1-1 on Saturday.
Tonight’s opponents, Luton Town, are positioned nicely in third spot – and so they should be, with the minimum expectation of promotion back to League Two.
The Hatters have won their last two back to back away fixtures – 1-0 over Barrow and 4-2 at Eastbourne Borough.
Their away record stands at 4-1-3 14/11, and they possess plenty of firepower going forward. Leading scorer is Matthew Barnes-Homer (9 goals, 1 assist) and he’s backed up by forward Danny Crow (6 goals, 3 assists), midfielder Andrew Drury (4 goals, 7 assists) and defender George Pilkington ( 4 goals, 1 assist).
The Verdict: Looking at the last ten meetings head-to-head, there’s never been a draw in this fixture, but Wrexham have tightened up at the back this term, and this might just frustrate Luton Town and end in a stalemate.