WREXHAM brothers Mike and Marc Williams have both withdrawn from the Wales semi-professional under-23 squad for tonight’s match against Finland at Llanelli’s Stebonheath Park.
Defender Mike picked up a hamstring strain and striker Marc hurt his back during Saturday’s 3-1 Blue Square Premier win at Weymouth, which means that only Neil Taylor joined up with the squad.
Racecourse assistant boss Terry Darracott, in charge this week while manager Dean Saunders is away on international duty with Wales, also revealed that Silvio Spann, a second-half substitute at the Wessex Stadium, will need a scan after falling heavily on his shoulder.
In Saunders’ absence, Wrexham are unlikely to be signing anyone ahead of their next match at Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, but Darracott said a full week’s training would benefit last weekend’s debutants, Nathan Woolfe and Nathan Fairhurst.
The loan signings, from Bolton and Preston North End respectively, played their part in a fifth straight league win for the Dragons, with Woolfe scoring the first goal of the game from a free kick.
“It was difficult for both lads at Weymouth because they only came into the club on Thursday,” said Darracott. “They now have a full week to get to know everyone better and to learn more about the way we play, so it will be valuable for them.
“We were very pleased with their performances on Saturday and it can only get better.”
Delighted though he has been by Wrexham’s 100% league record since he joined Saunders at the Racecourse, the former Everton defender added: “We cannot allow ourselves to be carried away.
“It’s important to maintain the work ethic that has brought us these results. So this week we will continue doing what we have been on the training ground, maintaining a high tempo and making sure that we don’t let our standards slip.
“The players’ attitude has been brilliant and the work rate good, both on a day to day basis and in the games we have played and as a result confidence is very high. But we cannot afford to look beyond the next game, which is on Saturday.”
Teenage midfielder Fairhurst, who has yet to figure in Preston’s first team, admitted he had been surprised by the pace of the match.
“It was a great experience to play senior football for the first time but the tempo was quicker than I had anticipated,” he said.
“It was also a lot more physical than I have been used to in reserve team football, but that’s the challenge I knew I would have by coming to Wrexham.
“The manager seemed quite pleased with my performance, though, and I’m sure I will feel a lot more comfortable this Saturday after getting to know the lads better.”
Already looking forward to the trip to Aggborough, he added: “Hopefully I will be able to get on the ball more and maybe get forward to try and score a goal or two.
“It was made difficult on Saturday because the opposition were pressing us and Ashley (Westwood) was behind us and shouting to make sure we didn’t stray too far. All the players were helpful in that respect, so it was a great start for me personally and hopefully we will extend our winning run at Kidderminster.”
l WREXHAM will be featured in two televised league matches in January with Setanta scheduling the away game at Torquay United and the home fixture against Cambridge United.