It has been some 12-months for everyone involved at Wrexham.
February marked the first anniversary of Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds’ takeover of the Red Dragons – just moments after claiming a crucial 2-1 victory away to Altrincham.
Since then, there have been changes to the stadium, record signings, high-profile appearances, but all along a staunch determination to get back into the Football League.
The Hollywood pair – who are making a documentary series called ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ with American channel FX – have insisted throughout that this is a long-term project, beginning with a return to the EFL for the first time since 2009.
And that dream took a step closer to reality with an impressive performance to end promotion rivals Halifax Town’s winning streak on Tuesday night and propel the club up to fourth in the National League – just a point off the automatic promotion places.
“It was a monumental result,” Nathan Salt from Rob Ryan Red tells FansBet
“Halifax are a very good team at this level, but we made them look incredibly ordinary.
“We rode our luck when we played them at The Shay, but there was nothing lucky about this performance; it could have been more, it could have been four, five or six.”
After something of a slow start to the campaign, Wrexham now appear to be clicking into gear as their victory over high-flying Halifax proved.
Phil Parkinson’s side are now unbeaten in 9 games, their longest unbeaten run since back in November 2018.
It was also a fifth consecutive home win for a club that have now gone 10 games without suffering a defeat at the Racecourse Ground.
❤️ “The mood is incredibly optimistic.”
🏴 “Nobody wants to play Wrexham or come to the Racecourse.”
— FansBet (@FansBet) March 25, 2022
“There have been huge results,” explains Nathan.
“Like the last-minute win at Halifax, beating Boreham Wood 4-2, beating Chesterfield away, but this one felt massive – things are changing now at Wrexham.
“We’ve taken 48 points from the last 60, that’s almost two seasons in one.
“Back in November, things hadn’t quite clicked, but there have been some big signings since then like the arrival of Ollie Palmer for £300,000 in January.
“That’s helped us in attack which has encouraged the midfield to push up.
“We’ve seen massive improvements in captain Luke Young, plus huge improvements in James Jones, who struggled early in the season.
“You factor those in, plus the arrival of Callum McFadzean at left wing-back, Max Cleworth from the academy alongside Ben Tozer and Aaaron Hayden at the back and things are looking very good.
“Up until the end of the year, we were still finding our groove and couldn’t break teams down as such.
“But now everything seems to have gelled and we’re peaking at the right time which is something we often don’t do.”
After 87 consecutive years, Wrexham’s long-established place in the Football League ended with relegation at the end of the 2008/09 season.
They made the Conference play-offs three seasons in a row between 2011 and 2013, losing twice to Luton Town before making the final in 2013 where they were beaten 2-0 by Newport County.
But recent success on the field, along with the significant investment off the pitch, has led many fans to start believing that the long wait for a league football return could soon be over, including Nathan.
“We’re 10-years on now from that 98 point season when we went out in the first hurdle in the play-offs and we struggled to recover and that is unlikely to ever be matched,” he reveals.
“That scarred us for a number of years. In 2013 we ended up losing at Wembley to Newport County and we haven’t really come close since then.
“Now it feels like we’ve got the best squad we’ve had in the National League quality-wise and we’ve just acquired the services of Lee Camp.
“Wrexham have got a lot of things going for them right now, momentum being the key one and the mood is incredibly optimistic.
“I, for one, think it’s very much on, nobody wants to play Wrexham and nobody wants to come to the Racecourse; we’re making teams look incredibly ordinary.
“There are lots of twists and turns to come and we’ve been in the National League for fourteen years and we know exactly how it works.
“But I think many Wrexham fans believe now that the end is near for our National League adventure. It’s been a long road and things are starting to look up – we just need to keep winning.”
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