Even though we’ve been enjoying a remarkable ride in the last couple of years, there haven’t been many weekends that can match the significance of what we’ve just experienced.

Beating Notts County on Saturday and then The New Saints on Sunday can be filed under the category “statement results”. We sent out messages which League Two and the Adran Premier will have to sit up and pay attention to.

Take the superb performance at Notts County first. We’re flying high in the table, but going into the match we hadn’t beaten any of the other teams in the top ten. Admittedly, we’d got a number of draws away to strong opponents, but we hadn’t actually got the better of any of our direct rivals.

All that changed on Saturday, in the most glorious manner possible.

Phil Parkinson backed his instincts and selected a horses for courses side to counteract the particular skills of a Notts County side which is impressively composed on the ball but can be cruelly exposed in transition.

He replicated the tactics which worked so well when we beat County in that decisive win last April, but went a step further.

The mobile wide centre backs he selected to step out of the back three to nullify the threat of County’s attacking midfielders have both spent most of their careers playing in the centre of the pitch.

In fact, throughout their careers both George Evans (32 of 244 appearances) and Tom O’Connor (19 of 151 appearances) have played roughly 13 per cent of their first team games at centre back, so selecting both of them in a back three was a bit of a gamble.

When Jordan Tunnicliffe, the one specialist centre back among that trio, pulled up in the warm-up and was replaced by Ben Tozer, who was nursing a sore knee, wasn’t even named on the bench and hadn’t really warmed up, that gamble looked even more extreme!

Throw in Andy Cannon starting in the middle of the midfield three for the third league game of the season (the previous two saw us concede five goals to MK Dons and Swindon) and the surprise selection of Sam Dalby ahead of the in-form Steven Fletcher and Ollie Palmer, and you have a team which could crash and burn if it didn’t execute the game plan perfectly.

Happily, that’s exactly what they did.

Cannon had probably his best game in a Wrexham shirt, harrying when out of possession, calm under pressure when he had the ball.

Dalby’s tireless running of the channels constantly offered us a path to exploiting The Magpies’ exposed defence.

It was a tactical masterpiece by Parkinson, who went into the game with seven players unavailable to him, and then lost a key man minutes before kick-off, but held his nerve and was repaid with one of the most rewarding performances of his already spectacular tenure in The Racecourse hot seat.

A day later it was Steve Dale’s turn to reshuffle his side and see it perform brilliantly in a high stakes match.

Having a player of the importance of Amber Lightfoot return from injury was great news, but it was counterbalanced by the unavailability of Erin Lovett, whose excellent form this season was capped by a spectacular player of the match performance at Aberystwyth the previous weekend.

Dale’s response was a reshuffle of the side, with Rebecca Pritchard shifting from attack to defence and Carra Jones switching flanks up front.

The double-header with Aberystwyth and TNS was a massive indicator of our progress towards the goal of finishing in the top four of the division. Both our adversaries have established themselves in the top division, challenging for the top four spots in each season since the reorganisation of Welsh women’s football. One of them has made the cut in each season of the Adran Premier’s existence.

The test was passed convincingly. The 2-1 win at Aberystwyth was gritty and deserved; the 3-1 victory against TNS was pleasingly convincing. After having to dig in for half an hour as TNS moved the ball around nicely, we completely dominated the rest of the match.

Carra Jones showed, as she did against Pwllheli in the Welsh Cup, that if she switches to the right she becomes a real goal threat. She scored two on Sunday, one with each foot, to accompany the two she managed in that cup tie.

Two games, two statement wins. Not a bad weekend’s work. The statement, by the way, is “We are Wrexham, and we mean business”.

For the first time this weekend Phil Parkinson hasn’t had to qualify for the first round of the FA Cup.

We’ve put in two good performances at this stage under him, going close to staging an upset in a 2-1 loss at Harrogate and beating Oldham comprehensively.