WREXHAM boss Dean Saunders has reiterated his desire to finish top of the Blue Square Premier table and guide the Dragons back into the Football League at the first time of asking.
Saunders yesterday returned from international duty with Wales and immediately turned his attention to Wrexham’s clash at Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow by holding a training session at Colliers Park to run the rule over his charges.
Only Shaun Pejic is a doubt for the trip to Aggborough tomorrow, with brothers Mike and Marc Williams both likely to shake of knocks in time.
When asked whether catching Kidderminster – who occupy the final play-off spot three points ahead of the Dragons – was a target for Saunders, he replied: “No, we’re not looking at it that way, we are looking at Torquay, who are top of the table.
“I don’t care how long it takes us to get there, but that’s where we have set our sights on and that’s what we are working hard to get to.”
Meanwhile, Wrexham coach Terry Darracott has given a vote of confidence to Dragons’ duo Neil Taylor and Levi Mackin, who were both dropped for last Saturday’s 3-1 win at Weymouth.
Wales under-21 international Taylor, given the captain’s armband when manager Saunders took over from Brian Little, made way at the back for a fit-again Carl Tremarco at the Wessex Stadium and Mackin was supplanted in midfield by new loan signing Nathan Fairhurst, from Preston North End.
Both were involved in the club’s previous four straight league wins but Darracott insisted the decision to leave them out was no reflection on their efforts.
“We changed a winning team at Weymouth and it proved to be the right decision,” said the former Everton and Wrexham full back.
“And we might change things around again at Kidderminster Harriers this weekend. It’s something I will discuss with Dean when he gets back from his Wales trip tomorrow, so no-one should read anything into the fact that neither Neil nor Levi was involved last Saturday.
“They are both young lads who have been asked to take a lot of responsibility on their shoulders so it won’t do them any harm at all to have a break every now and then.
Sometimes it’s worth watching to see how young players respond to the disappointment of losing their place and it’s fair to say that Levi has been fantastic in training this week. That’s the sort of attitude that we want to see from the players who are not getting a look-in at the present time because the opportunity to get back into the side is always just around the next corner.”