TEENAGE captain Neil Taylor is urging his Wrexham team-mates to keep the momentum generated by the arrival of Dean Saunders going.
The Dragons beat York City 10 days ago to record back-to-back victories for the first time in 20 months and ensure Saunders’ perfect start to his Racecourse reign continued.
The 3-1 win also hauled them back into the Blue Square Premier title reckoning, although they are now nine points behind leaders Crawley Town in 10th having been without a game at the weekend because of international call-ups.
Taylor, in his first match as skipper, was delighted to have laid the well-worn statistic to rest against York after admitting it had played on the players’ minds.
But the 19-year-old, on the eve of Saturday’s trip to reeling Mansfield Town (3pm), says they must use the successes as a foundation to build a run that will truly get them back in the race for the championship.
Taylor said: “It was great to get two wins on the row but it’s not that big a thing in the grand scheme of things.
“We’d talked about it and we did want it off our back, but, now that we have, we’ve got to go on and win some more.
“We’re not that far off Crawley, which is surprising given how badly we played for a while.
“But that just goes to show how tight it is in this league, so we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves and try and get up there and stay there.”
Taylor was handed the captaincy against York after Saunders labelled him a “winner”.
The Wales Under 21s international, a one-time Wales U19s skipper, repaid his boss by scoring the crucial second with his first goal for the club.
It was the proudest moment of Taylor’s career but he is unsure whether he will lead Wrexham out at Field Mill.
Taylor said: “I’m still buzzing and it was an honour to be asked. There were a lot of us youngsters playing so there was always a chance it could be one of us. I’m just happy it was me but I don’t know yet if I’ll be captain on Saturday.”
Saunders has returned to work having been away with Wales, for whom he is continuing his role as assistant to boss John Toshack.
Saunders will definitely be without the injured Kyle Critchell, Simon Spender and Gareth Evans on Saturday.
Off-form 11th-placed Mansfield, who came down with their visitors from League Two last season, are still in shock after learning they are to be deducted four points for fielding at least one ineligible player.
Wrexham have been drawn at home in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round. They will take on the Blue Square North’s Harrogate Town or the UniBond Premier Division’s Eastwood Town, whose replay took place on Tuesday after the Chronicle went to press.