Ricketts Ready For His First Wrexham BT Sport Screen Test

If Sam Ricketts had a single doubt about how much the Wrexham public want promotion, it evaporated as he took his seat in the dug-out on Tuesday night.

In the middle of peak holiday season, nearly 6,000 of the club’s fans packed into the Racecourse to discover if - finally - this was to be their season.

Ricketts is the latest to attempt what so many have been unable to deliver. It’s not for the want of trying but the cold hard facts are that Wrexham have not even reached the National League play-offs since 2013.

For such a club, those five notable absences are hard to get your head around.

Ten years on from dropping out of the Football League, they’re no closer to finding the answer for how to get back there.

Or are they? Ricketts has added weight to fans’ claims that suggest he could be the one to unlock the door to the EFL.

A first day win at Dover was followed up by a point which really could have been three against

AFC Fylde. No win and no goal to cheer on Tuesday maybe, by the fans were witnessing progression.

A win in front of the BT Sport cameras on Saturday against Boreham Wood and the Red Dragons have lift off.

He said: “The size of the club, the stability of the club and the potential of the club is what drew me to Wrexham.

“Also the foundations that are in place at the club already both on and off the pitch and it’s just trying to get to that next level now.

“We want to be as good as we can be and that is promotion. I don’t think anyone has come here to finish mid-table or anything like that, so we want to push at the top end of the table, we don’t come into any season for anything other than to get promoted.

“In the last three years the club have finished 11th, 8th and 10th so it kind of tells you where they’re at, they’ve not been 3rd, 4th and 5th shall we say for a reason, so it’s just trying to address that reason and trying to turn it round.”

All eyes will be on the Racecourse Ground this Saturday lunchtime as the cameras roll into town for and Ricketts is can’t wait for his first screen test.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “A TV game is an opportunity for the players to showcase that they’re good players, so I think they’ll be looking forward to that as well but ultimately TV or no TV it’s still three points at the end of the day which is the biggest thing in any game.”

So far though, so good.

“It is a really solid start, isn’t it?” Ricketts after the Fylde draw.

“Four points after two games, two hard games as well. Dover away is always tough, I didn’t know until after the game but we’ve never beaten them so to get a victory there, and then Fylde at home who are again another good side, they will be up there towards the end of the season.”

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