NEIL ASHTON has to go down as Wrexham’s best play-off performer off all-time.

Ashton, who now plays for Cefn Druids in the Welsh Premier League, tops the list with seven appearances and three wins alongside the midfield anchormen, Dean Keates and Jay Harris.

But the penalties he scored in both legs against Kidderminster (pictured left) in 2013 swings the balance his way as Wrexham’s most influential player in the end of the season play-off games.

Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell is next on the appearance list with two wins from five games while former player-boss Andy Morrell and defender Stephen Wright join the whole of the 1989 Reds play-off brigade with a played four, won two record.

Manager Dixie McNeil kept the same side for the two wins against Scunthorpe United 30 years ago where Ollie Kearns scored two at home and Kevin Russell bagged a brace at Glanford Park.

Mike Salmon was the keeper with full backs Neil Salathiel, Darren Wright, who got the other goal against The Iron, joining the centre half pairing of Joey Jones and Nigel Beaumont - both of whom still live in town.

Brian Flynn - Wrexham’s ex-manager and now assistant boss - was in the midfield alongside Geoff Hunter, Andy Thackeray and Jon Bowden, who grabbed the Reds’ goal in the 2-1 defeat at Leyton Orient.

Kearns and Russell - who played his final Wrexham game in that tremendous play-off final at Brisbane Road - led the line.

Twenty four years later, player-manager Morrell opted for the same team formula that took Wrexham to Wembley Stadium and the play-off final against Welsh rivals, Newport County.

But after another 5-1 aggregate win, the Reds once again couldn’t seal the deal as County took the bounty in a 2-0 success.

It was a case of two out of three ain’t bad record for play-off losers Martin Riley, Johnny Hunt, Dave Artell, Joe Clarke and Brett Ormerod.

Danny Wright, Jake Speight, Danny Alfei and fans favourite Glen Little can boast a 100 per cent, played one, won one record but it’s two games and two defeats for the likes of Curtis Obeng, Frank Sinclair, Gareth Taylor, Andy Mangan and Adrian Cieselwicz.

But at least the latter two can claim to have scored a goal apiece.

Chris Blackburn, Lee Fowler and Jamie Tolley all played one and lost one while Mark Creighton and Nat Knight-Percival are the one-win-in-three duo while it’s won one and lost one for French pair Mathias Pogba and Joslain Mayebi.


3: Graham Cooper, Dele Adebola, Adrian Cieselwicz, Jamie Tolley; 2: Steve Buxton, Mike Carter, Glen Little, Obi Anoruo; 1: Lee Fowler, Marvin Andrews, Johnny Hunt, Danny Wright, Andy Morrell.

BEST REDS PLAY-OFF TEAM EVER: Chris Maxwell; Darren Wright, Neil Ashton, Martin Riley, Joey Jones; Dean Keates, Jay Harris, Jon Bowden; Kevin Russell, Andy Morrell, Brett Ormerod. Subs: Mike Salmon, Stephen Wright, Johnny Hunt, Joe Clarke, Ollie Kearns.