A goalless draw at Grosvenor Vale ended Wrexham’s short sprint at the front of the pack.
A nine-game scoring run came to its conclusion against the Stones, as opportunities at goal were few and far between. At the other end, however, the result also marked Wrexham’s third clean sheet on the road.
Missing Aaron Hayden from the matchday squad would always be a loss, with his excellent defensive and offensive form this season. However, the introduction of Tom O’Connor back into the holding three and Liam McAlinden into the wing-back position saw Wrexham completely unthreatened when facing the Wealdstone attack.
The first half was a tough view for the spectator, with both sides lacking a creativity and magic to their play. Phil Parkinson admitted in his post-match interview that Wealdstone were first to every ball, accompanied with the help of a full house at the ground.
The only chance would come towards the end of the period, when James Jones found space around the Wealdstone box and lofted a ball to the back-post. Ollie Palmer met the ball with real force, but Sam Howes in goal had made himself big at point-blank range and somehow managed to keep the ball out. This was a case of good goalkeeping, rather than a striker missing, but moments like this would prove to be gold dust.
Parkinson’s half-time team talk had sparked a tempo in Wrexham’s play for the second half, with possession and quicker movement of the ball becoming more consistent.
The foundation of possession and territory would ultimately lead to more chances, although these were still at a premium thanks to a disciplined home side.
Mirroring the first half, the second and final big chance came at the end of the game, where Howes scrambled to his left to snuff out Elliot Lee’s shot from within the Stones’ box.
Even with the unrelenting pressure, the home side held on to a deserved draw and both sides would share a point.
Due to a 2-0 victory over Eastleigh, Notts County reclaimed top spot in the National League, but this shouldn’t be an immediate worry for the Red Dragons.
As Parkinson said, winning all three games in the space of six days is no easy feat and this perhaps showed in Wrexham’s lack of a cutting edge at Grosvenor Vale.
Tight scenarios have shown that it is difficult for the leader to carry the burden at the front of the pack. In cycling, it’s easier to pedal behind someone cutting the wind in front. Although there are no domestiques in football with no aims of victory, Wrexham should feel confident in their position. The form seen last time we were in second place speaks volumes.