BRIAN Little says his starting line-up for Saturday’s pre-season final game at Stafford Rangers (3pm) will provide the clearest indication yet which players will be handed the responsibility of launching Wrexham’s assault on the Blue Square Premier.
Little’s men head to the Blue Square North outfit for their final warm-up match on the back of Saturday’s double header with Colwyn Bay and The New Saints.
A super free kick from Carl Tremarco and a smart finish by the fully fit Shaun Whalley brought a 2-0 win at Bay after a different Dragons XI lost 2-1 to the Saints in a behind-closed-doors clash at Colliers Park despite taking a first-minute lead through Marc Williams.
Wrexham boss Little was at both games and admits that, as well as giving the majority of his squad 90 minutes, they moved him closer in his own mind as to what his team will be when Stevenage roll into town a week on Saturday.
Little, who was without Simon Brown, Nat Brown, Gareth Evans and Conall Murtagh at the weekend and will not be able to call on the suspended Kyle Critchell for the first few matches of the season, said: “I think the games confirmed a few things to me. There were some pleasing aspects and some disappointing ones, but all in all I think we got exactly what we wanted to get out of them.
“There are one or two things we haven’t had the opportunity to do yet because players have been out injured, but by Saturday we would like to think we were getting closer to the starting line-up we want to go with or even the full starting line-up.
“There are still a few things that could dictate what team we select on Saturday, such as if certain players are fit, but certainly we would want to give them a good run-out in preparation for the Stevenage game.”
Little is particularly to keen to see the pacy Simon Brown back in action as he believes he would add another dimension to his attacking options.
Players further up the field remain on Little’s radar, but he accepts he may have to ship out one of the four transfer-listed players – Anthony Williams, Silvio Spann, Sam Aiston and Michael Proctor – if he is to add to his seven summer signings.
Little, speaking to the Chronicle from Ireland where he was acting as a Setanta summariser for Sunderland’s friendly with Roy Keane’s former club Cobh Ramblers, said: “We’re at the point now where we need to change a couple of things before we bring any more new people in. We’ve got 24 to 25 professionals and, despite some of them doing well in pre-season, they are still on the transfer list and are available to other clubs. So that’s something we’ll look at this week again.”
Wrexham’s Bank Holiday Monday, August 25 trip to Altrincham, who have been running the rule over former Racecourse favourite Danny Williams, has been moved back from a 3pm to a noon kick-off.