WHEN Andy Morrell netted the last-gasp equaliser against plucky York on Saturday, he took his goals tally for the season to 30. This is a remarkable record and it is worth analysing it in more detail.
Henrik Larsson has scored 36 this year and Ruud van Nistelrooy 33. Apart from that, no striker in the UK has managed to emulate the Dragons' no.11.
In total, Morrell has scored 30 goals in 41 matches or 3,562 minutes on the pitch. That means he hits the back of the net every 119 minutes or, put another way, he has a goals-per-game ratio of 0.73. Extraordinary statistics in anyone's book.
All but four of his strikes have come in the third division. He has not relied on masses of goals in the Welsh Premier Cup, the LDV or the early rounds of the Worthington Cup to hoist him up the goalscoring charts. The vast majority of his goals have come in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of league football.
In terms of his month-by-month record, Morrell scored three in August, ten in September, none in October, three in November, two in December, four in January, three in February and five in March. Autumn incorporated a bumper month and a blank one, but apart from that he has been amazingly consistent.
Overall, Morrell (30) has netted as many times as Trundle (8), Carlos Edwards (7), Sam (5), Jones (4), Paul Edwards (3) and Thomas (3) put together. A huge tribute to him, but it doesn't say a lot about the rest of the players in front of goal.
The man from Doncaster has also scored two hat-tricks - against Exeter City and Afan Lido - and dispatched four penalties: three at the Racecourse and one on the road.
While we are on the subject, it is worth noting where Morrell has scored his goals. By my reckoning, he has scored 17 out of his 30 at home; the other 13 away. This is a commendable record and shows that he does not go into his shell when Wrexham are on their travels.
When the new Racecourse icon scores, the Reds don't automatically win, but they don't often lose. He netted in the August defeats against Rochdale and Torquay; but thereafter his team have never lost when he has popped up on the scoresheet.
Morrell's season has been so good that supporters have become vocal. One wrote: "I wonder if it would be a good idea for him to receive some sort of official recognition for his goalscoring feats from fans.
"I am confident he will be rewarded with the player of the season trophy at the end of this season - it would be a good way for us to show our appreciation of his efforts this year."