WREXHAM have had to call off two games at the end of the month because of international call-ups. The games affected are the visit to Reading this Tuesday, August 28, and the home match against Bury next Saturday, August 31.
With the Dragons squad much reduced this season, boss Brian Flynn couldn't cope with the loss of David Walsh and Steven Thomas to the Welsh under-21 set-up, while Shaun Holmes was called-up for the Northern Ireland team.
But Hector Sam, Carlos Edwards and Dennis Lawrence have all been omitted from the Trinidad & Tobago squad for their World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica.
The Mail's sister paper, Wales on Sunday , reports that Welsh soccer chiefs have snubbed Wales' Nationwide League 'big three' by dashing hush-hush moves to revive their great European dream.
The FA of Wales discussed rushing Cardiff City, Swansea City and Wrexham back into the Welsh Cup this season -thus giving them a European avenue - at a special meeting on Thursday.
It would have brought Welsh football back together for the first time since 1995, because Newport County, Merthyr and Colwyn Bay were included in the plan. But the motion was eventually thrown out by a 16-6 vote.
News of the decision led to a reaction of dismay from the league clubs with Wrexham's managing director David Rhodes saying: "This is very disappointing. If Welsh results in Europe don't improve, we will soon be thought of like the Faroe Islands."
Cardiff chief Sam Hamman said: "UEFA recognise there is an injustice here. It is up to the parties involved to continue talking to find ways of putting that right."
But FAW chief David Collins insisted the governing body had no choice. "We discussed the matter in great detail," he confirmed. "But UEFA have drawn up a strict new licensing procedure for entry into Europe. We looked particularly closely at the clause which states clubs must be playing football in its entirety within one boundary."
There have been more comings and goings at the Racecourse this week.
Academy director Tony Humes has ended speculation about his future by leaving the post and returning to Suffolk. Assistant directors Lee Congerton and Jamie Digwood will take over the running of the Academy.
But managing director David Rhodes has decided to carry on in the role, after his resignation was accepted by the board last season.
Wrexham's reserve team, newly promoted to the Avon insurance Premier Division, enjoyed another goal fest with Oldham Athletic on Monday night, drawing 3-3, with Lee Trundle helping himself to a hat-trick.
And the striker, due back in action against Notts County away on Saturday, September 8, also found time to miss a penalty and an open goal.