I WAS given a perfect illustration of how far Wrexham AFC has come on Tuesday night.

My co-commentators, Bill and Chay Long, and I decided we’d do a live chat on YouTube after the Harrogate game to discuss how it went.

At half time I was really looking forward to it; by full time, less so!

I had a negative reading of the game. After all, at 2-0 up with the first half nearly over, I couldn’t really see how Harrogate could come back into it.

We’d dominated the game, controlled possession, and could have scored more, quite frankly.

The Sulphurites, meanwhile, lived up to their awful home form and didn’t look capable of laying a glove on us. They did exactly that: both the goals they scored were a bit soft and it was frustrating to see how swiftly the balance of the game changed.

The passing of time has allowed me to acknowledge their spirit: they showed real resilience to turn the game round. At the time, though, I was fuming at how a side which looked so weak in the first half could turn things around against us.

So, I went into the live broadcast in a frustrated mood, and griped my way through the opening exchanges. It was then that I noticed how things have changed for the club.

We’ve done live broadcasts like this in the past after matches, and they used to be no-holds-barred affairs. They were great fun, and the viewers who contributed would pull no punches.

I enjoyed the debate, and usually Chay and I were the ones putting the more positive interpretation on events. It was very satisfying to see how many people were willing to accept our point of view, and often moderate their own as a consequence.

As I whinged away about two dropped points last Tuesday, it struck me that we’d come a full 180 degrees. Now it was me who expected more, and the viewers were reminding me to keep things in perspective and appreciate that we can’t win them all.

What a huge change in the atmosphere around the club. This team has earned the trust and faith of our fans, and we are willing to accept the frustration of a missed opportunity like this, whereas a few years ago, all hell would have broken loose.

I’m not saying every Wrexham fan enjoys a zen-like calm, of course. There were plenty of angry reactions to the Accrington defeat, as you’d expect when a defeat is so startling. Stanley have a habit of doing that to us, it seems!

However, on balance most fans can see that we’ve made a remarkable amount of progress in a short time, and our players and coaching staff have given us so much joy in the process. There are still areas that need attention, but how could we feel anything but confidence that Phil Parkinson and his team will find a way.

Promotion from the National League has been achieved, and with four promotion spots available in League Two we don’t have to view every dropped point as a disaster.

Our fan base have realised that: I guess I’m the one who needs a dose of perspective now.

Yeovil’s last match at The Racecourse held massive significance for both sides.

The Glovers needed to win their last three matches to avoid relegation, while Wrexham required two wins to clinch the National League title.

The tension of the occasion was clear, and Yeovil put up impressive resistance as the first half ended goalless. Wrexham imposed themselves in the second half, though, and Anthony Forde (pictured above) opened the scoring after an hour with a fine finish. James Jones doubled the lead and a cushioned header by Paul Mullin completed a 3-0 win, setting up the dramatic clash with Boreham Wood which would see us win the title.

The season before, Yeovil claimed all three points from their visit to North Wales, albeit in controversial circumstances. A drab match burst to life when Liam McAlinden received an extremely harsh red card in the 35th minute for jumping into a defender in an attempt to win a header.

Wrexham battled bravely with ten men, but Town ultimately took advantage of the situation, and won 2-0.

The defeat was Phil Parkinson’s first at home and it would be the last he experienced until MK Dons beat us on the opening day of this season, 47 games and 22 months later!

Wrexham have faced Yeovil once before in the FA Cup, but it was a disheartening experience for the Reds.

The first round tie took place in November 2003 at Huish Park, and our humiliation was transmitted live on TV to make matters even worse.

We withstood Yeovil’s pressure until the 39th minute when Kevin Gall, who would sign for us five years later, opened the scoring.

The floodgates opened after the break and three goals in 20 minutes ended the game as a contest. Chris Armstrong grabbed an 88th minute goal but it was no consolation.