Wrexham- Earlier On..

Last updated : 16 January 2004 By Rob Davies
When Notts lined up against Wrexham there was slightly more optimism around Meadow Lane. After being thrashed at Bristol City on the opening day, County had then shown what they can do in mid-week, winning at First Division Preston in the Carling Cup, albeit on penalties.

Baldrick made his debut
This led to most Notts fans turning up at Meadow Lane expecting nothing other then a home win, against a Wrexham side who couldn't even beat Chesterfield on their opening game. Oh dear...

Notts manager Billy Dearden was unable to pick the side that beat Preston, as both Michael Brough and Clive Platt had picked up knocks, but he did have Simon Baldry back from injury to make his full debut, while Darren Caskey was available again after suspension, though Caskey had to settle for a seat (or two) on the bench.

The game itself was a sign of things to come for Notts' fans, as the Magpies started well, only to drift away after 20 minutes in a very lifeless encounter.

Eventually, Wrexham got their winner 71 minutes into the second half, when Carlos Edwards, who ran Kevin Nicholson ragged in the Second half- something to watch out for tomorrow, again ran past Nicho down the right and his cross was slotted in on the line by substitute Hector Sam.

Notts nearly grabbed a late equaliser when Ian Baraclough's 20 yard strike was brilliantly tipped over the bar by veteran Wrexham 'keeper Andy Dibble.

That was about it for action within the game. Simon Baldry was Notts' best player, both teams were incredibly poor, I was certain Wrexham would go down following afterwards and the game was pretty dull in front of a dissapointing crowd of 4,768. Let's hope for better tomorrow.

Notts: Mildenhall, Jenkins, Fenton, Barras, Nicholson (Hackworth), Baldry, Bolland, Richardson (Caskey), Baraclough, Heffernan, Stallard.

Not Used: Garden, Riley, McFaul.