Andy Morrell retains Wrexham title hope despite losing ground

Andy Morrell
Andy Morrell

Andy Morrell has refused to give up on Wrexham's Blue Square Bet Premier title hopes despite losing ground on their rivals with a run of poor form.

Wrexham were held to a 0-0 home draw by Macclesfield on Monday, two days after losing 2-0 at Hyde.

The Dragons are fourth in the table, 11 points off top spot, and play second-placed Mansfield on Thursday.

"It's going to be really tough but we start again on Thursday and you never know," said Morrell.

"We have to look after ourselves and try and beat Mansfield, who are flying. A team that wins 12 on the spin is doing something right.

"We have to make sure we compete with them and if we do nick it, it is cat amongst the pigeons."

Mansfield Town's 12 consecutive wins matches the Conference record held by Hereford United in 2004 and Burton Albion in 2008-09.

Despite the remarkable run of form, the Stags are one point behind leaders Kidderminster, who have won eight of their last 10 matches.

In contrast, Wrexham have won once in their last five games, and have failed to score since winning the FA Trophy.

Only the Conference champions are granted automatic promotion to the Football League, with the one other place decided by play-offs.

Wrexham have lost at the first hurdle in the play-offs for the previous two seasons.