Wrexham AFC forward Paul Rutherford targets winning return from Dover clash

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Richard Williams

Paul Rutherford hopes his decent record against Dover Athletic at The Crabble Ground rubs off on Wrexham.

Wrexham have never beaten Dover in five previous meetings but the Reds make the trip on Saturday on the back of a five game unbeaten run that has taken them up to 10th in the table.

Rutherford, brought in from Southport last summer, said: “I have had a pretty decent at Dover, I don’t think I have lost there yet so hopefully that can continue.

“We won there last year and drew the season before so hopefully I can maintain that personal record there.”

Wrexham have lost both previous games at Dover and Rutherford added: “It is a good time to get that monkey off our back., there is no time like the present.

“We are in good form, we are confident, and at the moment we have got that winning habit so hopefully we can maintain it and get maximum points.”

Rutherford agreed a new deal for next season with manager Dean Keates before Saturday’s 3-1 win against Guiseley, although he wasn’t happy with his performance.

John Rooney, who is one game away from triggering a contract extension, made an impact off the substitute’s bench for the second game running as he grabbed a brace and Rutherford was full of praise for his fellow midfielder who is in talks with Keates to keep him at The Racecourse.

“I have been relative happy with my performances but I think I fell below my standards on Saturday,” said Rutherford.

“I was disappointed with my performance but some of the lads have stepped up and really produced for us.

“Certainly John, hats off to him. It has been a difficult situation for him and the manager but I think he has dealt with it brilliantly.

“You can see the reactions and what it means to him when he comes on. He won us the game with two vital goals.”

Wrexham are seven points away from the play-offs but Rutherford is just focussed on continuing the unbeaten run against highflying Dover.

“It wasn’t too long ago we were talking about looking over our shoulders,” added Rutherford.

“We have enjoyed a good run but as the gaffer said, now is the real test to see how far we have come.

“Dover are around the play-offs, if we go there and get three points, and then a couple of games go for us with the sides who have got games in hand, anything is possible.

“But it is just focussing on what we can do and picking up as many points as we can and see where it takes us.”

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