A TRUNDLE OF TROUBLE!
PATCHED-UP Wrexham had Lee Trundle back with a vengeance yesterday.
The exciting Trundle, a pounds 50,000 bargain from Rhyl, was making his first start of the season following a four-match ban and he inspired Wrexham to this deserved point after they were twice behind.
Wrexham were without three suspended players and also had their football community officer as one of the subs.
Goalkeeper Mark Morris has signed on contract, answering an SOS by injury-hit Wrexham who have no recognised cover for Kristian Rogers now that Wales Under-21 David Walsh came back injured from Norway.
But they do have Trundle and he's worth his weight in golden goals.
Wrexham got off to a disastrous start when young Irishman David Warren conceded a sixth minute penalty which was put away by Danny Allsopp.
Wrexham had to soak up more pressure for a while, but then got right back into it with an 11th minute equaliser.
Trundle forced his way into the box and his shot was deflected past goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall.
Tearaway Trundle again opened up County and his cut-back looked perfect for Craig Faulconbridge until Craig Ireland put it out.
But Wrexham's confidence factor visibly rose because of Trundle as he created havoc every time he got the ball and County clearly had no answers to the questions he posed.
But it wasn't all a one-man show. Carlos Edwards made a dazzling run from his own half, gliding past two opponents and then testing Mildenhall with a right-footer.
County came back and Steve Roberts had to be at his best at the heart of Wrexham's defence. Marcel Cas got round the back, but Roberts cut out his cross.
County then had Ireland carried off after he was left in a heap by Trundle's challenge.
The crowd booed Trundle virtually every time he touched the ball after that and Wrexham ironically went 2-1 down in time added on for an injury to Dennis Lawrence.
Allsopp looked well offside but was allowed to run on and round Rogers and stroked the ball into an empty net.
Wrexham were clearly angry about that goal being allowed and they were still protesting as they came off at half-time.
They had battled back from a goal down and with Trundle always a threat, were well in it only to be hard hit by Allsopp's second goal.
But Trundle almost retrieved the situation early in the second half but for a flying save by Mildenhall and within a minute they were level. Edwards's long cross was taken superbly on the chest by Faulconbridge and his shot went in off the far post for 2-2.
That set it up nicely and only a superb save by Rogers kept out Cas's drive before Allsopp sliced a glorious chance of his hat-trick wide.
Trundle wasn't a mile off from a winner after good work by Faulconbridge and in a frenzied finish Wrexham kept their composure well to go home with a point.
Manager Brian Flynn was well satisfied with the point they got. But having Trundle back is a big bonus for the Red Dragons.
ON TARGET: Wrexham's Lee Trundle celebrates his first-half goal yesterday Pictures: PA ON THE ATTACK: Notts County's Marcel Cas causing problems for Wrexkham at Meadow Lane yesterday