Wrexham AFC: James Jennings wants to cut Forest down to size


Richard Williams

James Jennings  is looking forward to facing former club Forest Green Rovers on Saturday but he’s gutted to be missing the forthcoming clash with rivals Tranmere Rovers.

The left-back received a three-game ban after pleading guilty to a violent conduct charge for his part in the mass brawl that erupted at full-time following the derby against arch rivals Chester on January 21.

But the suspension doesn’t kick-in yet so Jennings can play against Forest Green at The New Lawn tomorrow, and he is also available at Barrow on Tuesday.

However, Jennings misses the next three matches, one of which is the televised home match against Tranmere Rovers, where his younger brother and former Reds’ captain, Connor plays, on April 1.

“I would rather have played in the Tranmere game here because I know the fans will be turning out in their numbers again, they have been brilliant,” said Jennings.

“It is a good game and it is on television so I would rather have played in that than at Forest Green. But that is a good way to bounce back from our defeat against Gateshead on Saturday.”

Jennings signed for Forest Green in 2014 and helped the Gloucestershire club reach the play-offs two years in a row – his second campaign was blighted by an anterior cruciate ligament injury – before joining Cheltenham Town and winning the National League title last summer.

Having joined Wrexham in January on loan until the end of the season, Jennings is hoping to help the Reds complete the double over title chasing Forest Green, who lost 3-1 at The Racecourse in November.

“It’s mixed emotions with Forest Green,” said Jennings. “My first year was a complete write-off because I was out with my ACL.

“Second year we probably should have won the league but we fell short, made it to be the play-offs but got beat in the final.”

After completing his three-match ban, Jennings will return for the final four games of the campaign and he hopes to help Wrexham, up to 10th position in the National League after losing just twice in 10 outings, to continue their resurgence.

“Hopefully it won’t affect the team and I will be back for the remaining four games of the season,” added Jennings. “I have really enjoyed it here since the first minute I walked through the door.

“I have enjoyed how the staff have been doing things, the lads have been brilliant and I think we’ve improved quite a lot.

“We have got the club up to where we should be, pushing at the top end of the form table.

“That is something we want to carry on to next season, it is all about momentum, and I just want to carry on doing well for the club.”

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