WREXHAM favourite Danny Williams says the club’s battle for Football League survival can be won at the Racecourse – starting with tonight’s match against fellow-strugglers, Bury.
The 27-year old utility player, who has alternated between midfield and defence throughout the season, believes the remaining five home fixtures will go a long way to determining the club’s fate.
And as the Dragons go in search of another three points to add to those won at Barnet last Saturday, he urged supporters to turn up in force.
“Our home form was pretty good in the early part of the season and we need to get back to that situation as soon as possible,” he said yesterday.
“By my reckoning we need at least four more wins to open up a gap from the bottom two and that makes our home games very important.
“The club should be applauded for its efforts to boost the numbers at the game and if there are a lot of children at the game the noise will be that much louder as well. We need everyone to get behind us, particularly at the Racecourse which traditionally has been a difficult place to vist for opposition teams.”
Victory this evening would see Wrexham steal a march on the other clubs in trouble and take them level on points with the Shakers, who have gone 13 games without a win.
“They are in a bit of a slump at the moment,” added Williams. “That makes it vital for us to get off to a flying start against them and if we can get on top of them we’ll have a great chance to beat them and suck them into the relegation battle as well.”
Williams faces a fitness test before tonight’s match after picking up a back strain during the visit to Underhill, where he was replaced midway through the first half by Gareth Evans.
“That was a big win for us and young Gaz came in and did very well,” he said. “I always knew we were in with a chance in the second half because we had the slope in our favour. Any long ball was always going to put their defenders on the back foot and fortunately Lee McEvilly scored two great goals.
“Having waited so long for an away win, the result has given everyone a great deal of confidence and we are raring to go again tomorrow evening and make it two wins out of two for the first time in who knows how long.”
Manager Brian Carey is keeping his selection plans to himself and has told all available players to report to the ground this evening.
In addition to doubts about Williams, goalkeeper Mike Ingham and defender Shaun Pejic have been nursing slight groin strains during the week.
The Dragons boss said one or two fringe members of the squad had impressed during Wednesday’s reserve team clash with Bury, a game Joey Jones’ charges won 2-1.
“We still have a few bumps and bruises from last weekend and a few of the other lads pressed their claims for consideration in the week, which is an indication of how well everyone has knuckled down to our predicament,” he added.
“Bury have probably been suffering similar sorts of problems to us in recent weeks but I’m not too concerned about them because we have to concentrate on ourselves and our performance. We did well at Barent , which was a continuation of our second half showing against Shrewsbury, and that’s what we need again tomorrow eveing.
“In the last six weeks our home results have been poor and we need to reverse that trend. There will be a decent crowd and a decent atmosphere so I’m hoping for a big night of football and the right result to go with it.”