ROB EVANS admits it is a “massive” festive period for Wrexham in their bid to climb the National League table.

Wrexham face Sutton United on the 3G playing surface at Gander Green Lane on Saturday before the double header against Southport.

Currently 15th in the standings, Wrexham are only nine points above the relegation zone and Evans is targeting a hat-trick of wins to pull further away from the lower reaches.

“We have got big games coming up now,” said Evans. “We have got Sutton and then Southport twice, and you look at them and you want to take maximum points.

“You want to take nine out of nine – 100 per cent. If we do that in the space of 16 days then it is a good Christmas for everyone.

“We need to start picking up points, we don’t want to be looking over our shoulder. It is a massive Christmas for us.”

Wrexham will prepare for the clash against Sutton by training on the 3G pitch at The Rock, home of Welsh Premier League side Cefn Druids.

Having already beat last season’s National League South champions 1-0 at The Racecourse in September, Evans believes Wrexham should be more than capable of completing the double over the 14th placed U’s who are only ahead of the Reds by virtue of a better goal difference.

“Sutton came up but we are a full-time club and we should be beating teams like that,” said Evans. “We will do everything we can to win that game.

“We have played Sutton once this season, I didn’t play but we won 1-0.

“They play on 3G but we are training this week on 3G so we won’t have any surprises and can’t use that as excuse.

“We will be looking for the three points and then the double header against Southport where we have got to get the three points in both of them games.”

Wrexham host Southport on Boxing Day before facing the Sandgrounders at Haig Avenue on New Year’s Day.

The teams were paired against each other over Christmas last season with Southport completing the double over Wrexham who lost five games in a row around the turn of the year.

That poor run proved costly in Wrexham’s quest to reach the play-offs under former manager Gary Mills and Evans admits the Reds can’t afford a repeat as they aim to improve their league position.

“We got beat twice by Southport last year, that is when we went five games on the bounce losing,” said Evans. “We have got to put that behind us this year and take maximum points.

“I think we were fourth going into Christmas last year, but then lost all them games on the bounce.

“I know it is last year but I think if we didn’t lose all them games then we would have been up there.

“We can’t let that happen this year. We were in a better position last season, this season we are not.

“It is hard to be up there but as I said, we don’t want to be looking over our shoulders. In the three games coming up we have got to win every game.”

Wrexham go into the clash at Sutton on the back of a 1-0 defeat against Tranmere Rovers in the first round of the FA Trophy on Saturday.

It was the third defeat in a row but although Wrexham’s performance was better than when they went down 3-0 at home to Macclesfield Town last Tuesday, Evans accepts the Reds need to start winning games.

“The FA Trophy is a chance for the club to get to Wembley,” added Evans. “I have done it twice and it is brilliant.

“Obviously the first time I was a bit young, the second time I don’t want to speak about but it happens in football.

“Tranmere are a good side but for us I think it was a big improvement compared to Tuesday. I thought we did well and we had chances but we didn’t win and that’s the thing.

“We have got to start winning games, that is three on the bounce that we have lost.”


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