Ex-Saint Omerod on the up?

Brett Ormerod

Brett Ormerod

7:20am Thursday 21st February 2013 in Sport

BRETT Ormerod could be about to swap places in the Football League with his former Saints strike partner James Beattie.

The 36-year-old Ormerod scored the winning goal at Gateshead on Tuesday as Wrexham moved into a three-point lead at the top of the Conference Premier.

It was the veteran’s fifth goal in his last 10 Conference outings, after failing to score in his first 16 games of 2012/13.

It was also his landmark 100th Premier League, Football League and Conference Premier goal since he started his career at Blackpool in the late 1990s.

With former leaders Grimsby losing at Braintree the same night, Wrexham are now in pole position to reclaim the Football League spot they lost in 2008.

But Grimsby have a game in hand and an inferior goal difference of just two.

If Wrexham do end up winning promotion, they could pass Beattie’s Accrington Stanley.

Beattie scored in three of his first four games for the League 2 club when he arrived there last November.

That run started with a penalty in his second game, a 3-1 win at Fleetwood.

But Accrington have only won once in 14 games since then, and Beattie – who made his England senior debut 10 years ago this month on the same night as Wayne Rooney – has not scored in his last nine outings.

Accrington slipped into the League 2 relegation zone on Tuesday due to Aldershot beating Torquay.

Had AFC Wimbledon not conceded an equaliser at home to Northampton, Accrington would be bottom of the entire Football League.

As for Ormerod, he could also end his first season outside the top four divisions with another Wembley appearance.

Three years ago Ormerod netted at the national stadium as Blackpool defeated Cardiff to win the Championship play-off final.

Now he is poised to go back there as Wrexham last weekend won the first leg of the FA Trophy semi final 3-1 at home to lower division Gainsborough.

Wrexham have never played in a cup final at either the old Wembley or the new one.

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8:00am Thu 21 Feb 13 SaintinCanada says…

Not sure why this article has been put here...unless it is for all the skates who like to contribute to the Echo, in which case it could be very informative as Blue Square Pemiership will soon be an aspiration to them.

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8:50am Thu 21 Feb 13 AndyAndrews says…

It's the same with cricket: the Echo is always running stories about "former Hampshire stars" who played a couple of times years ago......

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9:43am Thu 21 Feb 13 mbetts says…

It's a very informative article, I now know more about Wrexham than I did this morning, thank you Echo!

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10:11am Thu 21 Feb 13 Jesus_02 says…

Personally I enjoyed the piece

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10:45am Thu 21 Feb 13 Outside of the Box says…

We've got Brett Ormerod,,,,We've got Brett Ormerod,,,,We've got Brett Ormerod. I never did understand that chant, 15,000 people stating the obvious didn't really work for me.

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12:26pm Thu 21 Feb 13 Block 34 says…

Come on Wrexham!! My nephew is a trainee with them!!!

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3:33pm Thu 21 Feb 13 CB FRY LIVES says…

ORMEROD and BEATTIE great players for the club during a great era.keep the stories coming please echo.

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3:43pm Thu 21 Feb 13 mickey01 says…

CB FRY LIVES wrote…

ORMEROD and BEATTIE great players for the club during a great era.keep the stories coming please echo.

ormerod always gave 100% in my opinion

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4:39pm Thu 21 Feb 13 joelster says…

CB FRY LIVES wrote…

ORMEROD and BEATTIE great players for the club during a great era.keep the stories coming please echo.

totally agree, to rest of you sourpuss' lighten up, its great to hear about ex saints who gave their all! Cant believe Omerods 36

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6:56pm Thu 21 Feb 13 memush says…

mickey01 wrote…

CB FRY LIVES wrote…

ORMEROD and BEATTIE great players for the club during a great era.keep the stories coming please echo.
ormerod always gave 100% in my opinion

agree 100%

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7:10pm Thu 21 Feb 13 ShakeyWiffles says…

Who cares?

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8:09am Fri 22 Feb 13 sledgerite says…

i found it an interesting article,if youre not interested then dont read it,it aint all about slagging peope off this forum

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10:27am Fri 22 Feb 13 Beer Monster says…

Outside of the Box wrote…

We've got Brett Ormerod,,,,We've got Brett Ormerod,,,,We've got Brett Ormerod. I never did understand that chant, 15,000 people stating the obvious didn't really work for me.

30,000 surely? I recall hearing Chapel giving it some as well :-)

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