Top guns

You already know the stats.

It still looks good written down though. Let me enlighten you.

Four games. Three wins and a draw. Six goals scored. None conceded.

Management is not supposed to be this straight forward for an untested boss.

They say good players don’t always make good managers but it would appear Sam, or Samuel as he likes to be addressed in the match programme, appears to be treading a similar path to that of his pre-coaching career.

Ricketts essentially started from the bottom with Telford United and through sheer hard work and dedication reached the top of the game with Hull City and Bolton Wanderers.

Unlike two of his old Premier League foes, Lampard and Gerrard, Ricketts opted to dip his toe into the cut-throat world of senior football management at Step Five.

Sure, he could have carried on nurturing the young Wolves at Molineux — a challenge in itself with the amount of cash Nuno Whatshisname has splashed on ensuring the Old Gold don’t become top flight cannon fodder and drop like a Sunderland.

Instead, he finds himself leading the National League’s longest serving club to the summit of the embryonic National League table after 360 and a bit minutes of football.

And it’s been good football too.

Mike Fondop struck(!) the only goal of the season opener at Dover Athletic before almost 6,000 fans packed the Cae Ras to witness a match that was anything but a goalless bore draw against AFC Fylde.

Then Wrexham put on a midday show for the BT Sport cameras with a 3-0 thumping over Boreham Wood. Flattering scoreline? Maybe, but then Rob Lainton has been brought in from a higher level to show he is of a higher level.

The goalkeeper has been magnificent so far, giving Christian Dibble more food for thought on the sidelines once again. For those of you getting a kitten anytime soon call it Lainton.

Maidenhead United were toyed with as first half goals from Fondopstruck (he shall be addressed as such purely for AC/DC purposes) and Jordan Maguire-Drew (below), three in four and two in two respectively, handed us an easy three points.

Top of the table on goal difference. Yes, that’s right — goal difference.

We struggled to spank a cow’s arse with a banjo last season and it ultimately proved costly as Dean Keates deserted the ship before it started sinking.

To give you an immediate sense of progress under Ricketts it took us the last nine games of last season to net six times, winning just once in the process.

He has inherited the best effective defence this side of Miyagi-Do Karate and appears to have sorted out the forward line.

We have lacked a bruising target man since Louis Moult departed to Braveheart country.

Nobody really expected Fondopstruck to be that man but he has been a revelation.

Floss celebration, props to a higher power, warmth and humility — Big Mike is already on the fast-track course of Wrexham AFC Cult Status and How to Attain It.

Whilst we should not be getting carried away obscenely early on in the season it is difficult not to be excited.

Attack is the best form of defence as far as the gaffer is concerned and after a few seasons of huffing and puffing our way on the road to nowhere it is refreshing to see our team repeatedly going for the jugular.

They say it’s the hope that kills you.

In Wrexham’s case maybe it should be ‘it’s the hope that thrills you’, such is the sense of excitement stirring.

Eastleigh are next in our crosshairs.

They followed up successive defeats (to Solihull Moors and Sutton United) with back-to-back one-goal margin wins over Barnet and Bromley.

Our four only previous meetings away at the Spitfires have all ended in draws — a 2-2 in 2015 and three one-alls. A win is due then…


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