Yesterday 44 players and over 25 family members in total travelled with pats coaches and in cars to the annual competition hosted by Doncaster titans which we won in 2016.
Today with a mental health competition, high disability and disability competitions our six teams were excited in the glorious yorkshire sunshine.
Mental health competition
representing in the mental health section of the tournament opened up with a composed 1-0 win over Oakwell. Having faced Oakwell in previous tournaments, we knew full well it would be a tough opening as they had previously defeated us in the last 12 months. A great block by Ben ravenscroft saw the ball break free setting Dom Hughes free as he raced on and calmly slotted last the helpless Oakwell keeper. Next up wrexham faced Wheatly wanderers who were a unknown entity to us. Wrexham came out comfortable on top in a 3-0 win, Philip birch (2) And Dom Hughes getting on the scoresheet. Next up wrexham faced Lawncourt where the opposition keeper was found in inspired form. After being kept at bay for long periods wrexham took the lead through a dj lovely penalty before completing a 2-0 win through another Dom Hughes goal. Wrexham rounded off the group with a 6-0 defeat of brunsmere awareness. A hat trick from Dom Hughes, a brace from DJ and Philip birch rounding off the group with maximum points and no goal conceded.
Although the team was full of quality performances on the day the work ethic and goals scored saw Dom Hughes take home the man of the match trophy.
Manager Andy Calton
Wrexham B -
Wrexham B, in the mental health section of the competition, managed by Wayne had a strong and experienced squad of Wayne, Mark H, Wager, Harper, added to the youth of Armstrong, A. Hall and Sam Neale offered a strong chance of success on the field. In our opening game versus Shelley who playerd in black and red atripes we played with our backs against the wall and a defensive line up of wayne in goal, wager and mark in the defense and sam holding midfield with luke up top managed to hold firm for a well deserved 0 - 0 draw. In our second game of the day we player a tough welshpool side, tactical changes resulted in a more attacking and youthful flair, this matched the very young welshpool line up. in the final few minutes Wrexham were under sever pressure and after a one on save from Greenshields a penalty was awarded. A lucky break for the backline of the reds as the striker skyed the penalty high and wide, another 0 - 0 draw was the result/ As we entered the 3rd game we began with an air of confidence knowing we were yet to concede, Doncaster Titans started strongly and decisive blocks from both Neale and Hall were decisive in keeping it goalless, a double substitution led to a injection of energy into the game, as goals from Alex and Harper won this tight affair. In our fourth game we played against highly fancied Chesterfield, recent finalists in Derby, Wrexham started strongly with Luke and Wager dictating play through the midfield and Harper providing the body of hold up play needed, in a game that didnt see us under pressure defensively the dragons were wasteful in front of goal, until with minutes left Alex scored a great free kick which proved enough to win the game. In our final game we ran out 5 - 0 winners with Mark, Wager, Alex, Luke and Neale all getting on the score sheet and our goal remained untouched, this was enough for the team to secure the trophy and go undefeated all day with no goals conceded. Player of the team was Wager who ran the midfield with ease.
Disability level - Low Level
started off their group games with a 2-1 defeat against Danbury after finding themselves 2-0 down from 2 penalties with a reply from Tyler Bevan. The 2nd game of the group saw a good team performance with a 4-0 win with both Liam & James getting a brace each this game also saw a great performance in goal from Adrian who saw a late penalty hit side by the opposition. Then an improved Wrexham A side found themselves playing against one of the hosts' sides in Doncaster where a direct free kick from Michael A & a break away goal from Liam gave the Wrexham side a 2-0 win. The side then went into game against a Bradford side who proved too strong in a great end to end by holding the Wrexham side to a 4-2 defeat with the goals coming from Tyler and another great finish from Liam. Wrexham A returned to action after a lengthy break to play their final group game where they secured a 5-0 win with a hat-trick from Tyler along with goals from Liam and James.
in the disability section of the tournament was led by Philip Roberts was making his managerial debut adter his recent promotion to Club Captain. A squad that boasted youth and energy in the form JJ, Phil R, Jimmy, Jason, Tiago, Darren and Michael came out of the blocks well and played well under new leadership. In their five group games they picked up three very convincing victries with goals coming from Phil R, Tiago and Darren in numbers. Tiiago was a midfield master class using his skill and beautiful ability to command and dictate play to his teams advantage. Unfortunately for the team they narrowly lost one end to end game by five goals to four and player out a thrilling five all draw that had storer performing heroics with turner in the backline. This saw the team ranked joint first in the league table but with a higher goals conceded deficit they lost out on the trophy to goal difference. Huge well done to the team today.
- started first game against Greetland fc feeling rather optimistic as we felt confident in each other and the keeper, this optimism paid off when Wrexham took a quick lead with chainie scoring his first of many goals, we went on to win the game 5-0.
Our second game went equally the same way with us starting strong, taking the lead and finishing the game 6-0 against Spartans fc with all players on the pitch scoring a goal.
We went into our third game feeling slightly less optimistic as our opponents, clamington, looked like they were ready to put up a fight, they did just that and gave a very good game, despite their efforts our attackers never stopped going for goals and our defence never gave up fighting to keep a clean sheet and get a win, after a lot of back and too we went on to win the game 3-0.
At this point Wrexham c are getting excited at the fact we only have 2 games left and could go on to win the league, with this in mind we went into the game with every intention of winning no matter what. With our attack giving everything they had, some back and too and a few injuries we went on to win the game 6-0 against Doncaster titans.
We went into our last game with everything we had from attack to defence to goal keeping. With the team playing amazing together and keeping tempers low in what would be a rough game, we went on to give as good as they gave us and went on for chainie and Gonçalo to score ending the game against Bradford c 2-0.
Higher disability level
Wrexham D where playing in the higher disability tournament (groupB) where a last minute replacement for South Kirby who pulled out and we replaced them.
We won the group but where made to work with 4 especially hard games.
The standard of football was a pleasure to watch and 4 of the teams could have easily topped this group which is credit to our players.
This Young group of players have come on so much in the last 3 months and are always learning and to see them overcome their difficulties in life is truly brilliant.
Well done guys!
Wrexham 3-1 Westcliffe United
A really tough to start against are well organised Westcliffe team. We took the lead with a smart finish from Brown but soon where back on level terms with are brilliant free kick from the tall Westcliffe defender curling shot. A.Hall then scored with an fine individual effort and Brown finished off when Wrexham caught Westcliffe on counter and beat the keeper one one one.
Wrexham 2-0 Aston Villa
A very tough game could have gone either way the fantastic villa striker caused us all sorts of problems. Gk Richards had to be at his best to keep them at bay. Two brilliant finishes from A.Hall and Brown settled the game.
Wrexham 5-2 Pontefract
A Hall (2)
Wrexham found them selves 2-0 down in this game after some poor defensive errors but 3 goals in 3 amazing minutes turned the game on his head. Wrexham killed the game off with two late goals when Pontefract where pushing for an equaliser.
Wrexham 8-3 South Tyneside
A Hall (4)
A brilliant start from Wrexham seen us go 2-0 in the first few minutes. South Tyneside scored 3 brilliant goals in this game and had a fantastic goalkeeper but where always chasing and Hall, Brown, Wright all scored brilliant individual and team efforts to finish at 8-3.
Man of the Tournament- Luke Brown
So after a long day of travel and football our six teams picked up four trophies of winners.
Massive thanks to Darren and Doncaster for hosting brilliant to see many teams from all over UK!