Wrexham FC's Obi Anorou seeks FA Cup scalp

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Nick Harrison

WREXHAM FC'S Obi Anoruo wants to be the man everyone is talking about – and especially Sky’s Soccer Saturday team – on FA Cup first round day tomorrow.

While Dean Saunders’ Wrexham have a weekend off following their embarrassing home exit at the hands of Southport two weeks ago, the young Reds’ striker is more than involved in the famous competition for non-league side, Vauxhall Motors.

Motors and Anoruo, who has hit eight goals in 16 games for the Conference North side, visit Hartlepool, whose most famous fan is Sky presenter Jeff Stelling.

“It would be great to see Charlie Nicholas, Matt Le Tissier and the rest of them all laughing at Jeff Stelling if we can cause an upset against his team,” said Anoruo.

“I love to watch the programme when I can, the banter is brilliant and I just hope it’s my name they’re all talking about on Saturday afternoon.

“You never know what’s going to happen in the FA Cup. Somebody is going to cause an upset and you just hope that it could be Vauxhall who do it.

“You can just imagine the stick that Jeff Stellling would get if we did get a result.”
A win for Motors and a decent performance from Anoruo would put the Nigerian-born striker in the limelight.

He has two months left at Rivacre Park before a Racecourse return in the New Year and he knows that this season is one that could shape his career.

“In football you’ve got to find a level to the best of your ability,” said Anoruo, who is well down the pecking order at Wrexham behind the likes of Andy Mangan, Andy Morrell, Gareth Taylor and Saunders’ latest signing, Mathias Pogba.

“Going to Vauxhall has been a good move for me. It’s a much better standard than the Welsh Premier League where I had a spell with Newtown last year.

“I know that I’m never going to be playing Champions’ League football, but if I work hard, get the breaks and get goals, I’d like to think I could have a future at Wrexham.

“My loan is up in January, hopefully I will come back and fight for my place, and see if I figure in the gaffer’s plans.”

For the time being, the main priority is an eye-catching display at Victoria Park – a ground that was so badly waterlogged on Tuesday, that Pools’ League One clash with Notts County was abandoned after just three minutes.

Not that Anoruo believes a gluepot of a pitch will be too much of a benefit to his side.

“We like to get the ball down and play it on the floor,” added Anoruo. “That’s how the gaffer, Carl Macauley, likes to play and he’ll be driving us on tomorrow.”

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