MANAGER PREVIEW | Sam Ricketts Prepared For Hartlepool Test In 'Relentless' Vanarama National League

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 29 Oct 2018

Sam Ricketts says Wrexham’s current tough run of fixtures is a testament to the strength of the National League.

The Dragons face Hartlepool at the Racecourse on Tuesday night, having drawn with recently-relegated Chesterfield on Saturday, before welcoming ninth-placed Gateshead to North Wales next weekend.

But for Chesterfield’s late equaliser at the Proact Stadium on Saturday, Wrexham would be top of the league going into these fixtures, but Ricketts remains focussed solely on the Dragons’ performance rather than any promotion rivals.

“They are all tough games. There are no easy games. We’re also playing teams who are really in form in Chesterfield, Hartlepool and Gateshead. We’ll be ready to go again Tuesday night,” Ricketts said.

“It’s a real strong league. There are some big sides in the league all vying and pushing to get back into the Football League. It’s a really tight league. We were top until that injury-time equaliser went in against us at Chesterfield and now we’re third.

“It’s so very, very tight between the top teams in the league and that’s why it’s so relentless. You have to keep going, keep winning and see where it takes you.”

Ricketts confirmed Luke Summerfield is back running again after his recent injury setback, while Mark Carrington will be assessed after picking up a knock on his ankle.

Manny Smith remains the Dragons’ only long-term absentee ahead of the game against Hartlepool under the Racecourse floodlights, however, and Ricketts paid tribute to the work of his medical staff so far this season.

“We’ve done well this year,” he admitted. “Of course, there’s an element of luck in there – Manny’s was a freak injury, we could do nothing about. Soft-tissue wise we’ve been pretty good – we’ve had a few, but not too many for the amount of games we’ve played.

“Partly that comes down to the hard work of the medical and sports science teams and also being able to rotate players a little bit to try and reduce their playing load.”

The match against Hartlepool takes place at My Racecourse on Tuesday October 30, and kicks off at 7.45pm. Check out our full match preview here.

arrow-45degchevron-down chevron-left chevron-right chevron-up cross facebook instagramletter linked-in logo-social-youtubemap-marker minusplay-solidplay plus quote-mark skype tripadvisor twitter whatsapp youtube