WITH the festive season now in sight, we're entering the part of the football season that can only be described as a slog, particularly for those teams stuck in mid-table or lower and those charged with the task of with writing something interesting about them for a weekly newspaper column.
If this week's effort seems a little unfocused, forgive me, but it's hard to know what to talk about when the team's played so infrequently. Fergie's still serving a three-match ban that started in September - or at least that's how it feels.
I suppose the long break has given the players plenty of time to get their Christmas shopping done (providing they can afford presents this year of course), so they should be able to concentrate only on the task of earning as many points as possible between now and December 25.
We're at that stage where early-season optimism has been replaced by something based a little more on the evidence of what we've seen so far.
On that basis, mos t Wrexham fans are probably anticipating a finish somewhere close to where we are now. The side has proved itself capable of coping with most teams in the division, but without a striker capable of regular goals and with a squad that offers the manager too few options, we're probably not going to finish any higher than we are at the moment.
As I think I've mentioned before, I regard mid-table in the Second Division as the realistic ceiling to our ambitions.
This year though, I am a little frustrated that we might not be in a position to aim a little higher. The division is very evenly matched, with few if any outstanding sides in it and it doesn't look like it would take very much to mount a serious push for promotion.
A new striker in, a couple of loan signings perhaps and the ability to go on the sort of run that lifted us into the top three last season might be achievable - perhaps Roman Abramovich has got a million in loose change down the sides of the cushions on his settee he might let us have? n I dedicate my column this week to my friend and fellow Wrexham fanatic, the late Andrew Shone.