What do you envisage, when you imagine a Non-League blockbuster, hosted at a prestigious stadium, between two determined and title challenging teams? Chesterfield vs Salford aside, you can’t go wrong with Wrexham vs Boreham Wood. Sam Ricketts raised many eyebrows after conquering the race for Wrexham boss. However, the former Welsh international has become the saviour of local optimists, by hoarding a respectable seven points from his opening three games. In perspective, Wrexham mustered only five points against Dover, Fylde and Boreham all of last season! At an event boasting more cameras than away fans, it was crucial to enforce a statement. Unlike Boreham boss Luke Garrard’s trim, the statement was scruffy, but got those precious three points. Please join me as we backtrack to look at those who shined on such a wonderul day at the Racecourse.
Wrexham (1st Half 4-3-2-1) (2nd Half 4-3-3)
Robert Lainton (7) - A performance proving that Rob is so good, he could have saved Oasis from breaking up. He wasn’t called into action very often despite merciless first half pressure from the visitors. Made a fantastic save from point blank range to deny Boreham from about ten yards out. Other than that, his presence wasn’t really noticed. Effective when called upon. Solid. As. A. Rock.
James Jennings (9)MOTM - There is nobody better to have exploiting the flanks of a team setting up with three at the back. He was an absoloute joy to watch bombing down that left flank! Providing cross of the season for the first goal as well as creating opportunitiesfor roaming players in the middle of the park to play the ball. Exposed a few times but as a wing back, we can forgive him, eh?
Manny Smith (8) - Once again, the beastly embodiment of Bobby Moore stood up and performed where it counted. I was honestly in awe watching him win duel after duel, a proper defender and it showed today. He was immense today and didn’t step a single foot or tackle wrong. One half of the best BpCb partnership in the league. Period.
Shaun Pearson (7) - Wasn’t needed that often today unlike his man mountain of a partner, yet he still showed why he, for me is the best centre half in the division. The man should be illegal to use in this division as I’ve never seen him lose an aerial duel against even the mightiest of lumps up top. Warrior.
Kevin Roberts (4) - I will make a side note that he was apparently ill when playing, which makes me appreciate his willingness to represent his club through thick and thin. Although, I can’t excuse the disappointment witnessed in his display. He looked slow, caught in possession far too often and don’t even start me on his distribution. He was the weak area in the game until Cardington came on. Did complete some nice touches and spread play somewhat ok, improvement needed otherwise Carrington will be licking his lips at the chance of a first team spot.
Luke Young (5) - Luke was forced off with a dead leg after 35 minutes, yet he did seem to struggle in the early duration of his play. I love his forward thinking, even from deep. Although Boreham’s high pressure resulted in him passing the ball backwards which at one time resulted in a corner from a very wayward pass. His movement was good although he should’ve tried to exploit the spaces behind the winger more often.
Luke Summerfield (7) - Luke is undoubtedly a very tricky player and it showed with several fantastic instances of tight ball control. Admittedly he did have to come deeper to retrieve the ball but in doing so, set up the third goal nicely as he set Rekeil Pyke in behind the gigantic Boreham defence. Overall it wasn’t too much of a special performance, although as a collective, he really makes our midfield tick next to Young.
Akil Wright (7) - Akil is like a box of chocolates, you always know what you’re going to get. As a matter of fact, I may as well copy and paste his report for all Wrexham matches because he is quite simply a machine in the middle of the park. No loose balls are safe when Akil is around, winning plenty of them and feeding his Moreno creative partners as often as he could. He didn’t have it all his own way against Boreham’s towering midfield unit, but he certainly had a huge part to play by helping Wrexham to a great home win.
Stuart Beavon (6) - Beavon by name, intellegence by nature. He wasn’t involved too much in the game and was substituted off after 56 minutes but the shift he put in was fairly average in all honesty. His game is luring defenders to create space for forwards and at times he provided that. His mental game is brilliant, his physical game left much to be desired as Boreham dug into him and kept him fairly quiet. Won the occasional header and pulled off a decent pass once in a while though.
Mike Fondop-Talom (7) - “The BBEEEAASSTTTTT” as we like to call him, was very hit and miss today. I was tempted to give him a generous 6 but his goal was very well taken so that raises it. He didn’t win too many duels and gave the ball away when he had options. Then again, when he is on the ball, his link up play can be great. Needs to work on that first touch but until then, he is the non-league Lukaku.
Jordan Maguire-Drew (8) - By far the best creator to come from Brighton since Magnus Volk. Jordan is such a tricky, ‘bums on seats” type of player. He always looks to drive forward, sending panic down the neck of defenders all over the shop. His dribbling was excellent, his passing was hit and miss and I felt he could’ve passed it sooner leading him to be dispossessed occasionally. Other than that, he is a quality player.
Christian Dibble (N/A)
Douglas Tharme (N/A)
Mark Carrington (7) - Mr Reliable putting in another solid shift? Why am I not surprised? Mark won everything that came his way and whilst he possesses no finesse, he is there to hoof and get the job done. Solid.
Paul Rutherford (8) - A player that receives countless stick for his limited technical attributes. If there is one thing you must know about Paul though, it’s that he always gives 110% all game every game. Today was no different, he battled hard, defended well from the front and was crucial in covering Jennings who overlapped time and time again.
Rekeil Pyke (8) - Scored his first senior goal and I couldn’t be happier for the guy. His link up play is not always there but today it was, was alert for his goal in the box and made a fantastic run to set up the second, definitely a contender to start the next game. The next Macauley Bonne?