Five talking points from the weekend's football

Reporter:

Charlie Croasdale

ARE Wrexham nearing the appointment of their new manager?

And why Holywell Town deserve their moment in the sun.

Five key talking points from the weekend's football. 

- Racecourse vacancy close to being filled

Wrexham's clash with Braintree on Saturday felt more of a sideshow to the main event of who the next Racecourse boss will be. 

Gary Mills was heavily backed into favouritism on Friday with confirmation that bets were still being placed on the Gateshead boss at skinny odds of 1/4.

Wrexham need a manager who will drag them out of the Conference Premier and Mills may just be the man. 

Gateshead narrowly missed out in the play-off final last year and while this season has fallen away for the Heed, Mills appears to be leading the race for the Wrexham job as we approach the home straight. 

- Wrexham FC count the cost of sticking by Wilkin

Wrexham's 3-0 win against Braintree kept the Reds in 11th and made in three wins in their last five matches. Since Kevin Wilkin was dismissed as manager, Wrexham have netted 12 times in six games, conceding just five times, and there is a sense of what could have been as the season nears its conclusion. 

The impressive FA Trophy run to Wembley kept Wilkin in his job, probably for longer than he warranted looking at the league form. Had the board acted in January following the 4-0 loss to Telford then we may have been writing about an extended season for Wrexham in the play-offs.

- Impressive finish for Burr and Chester FC

Chester's campaign was in danger of falling flat but back-to-back wins over Dover and Aldershot has given Blues' supporters some late season cheer.

Chester have certainly been entertaining this season, drawing only six matches and John Rooney's winning penalty on Saturday made it 60 points for the campaign. 

The big question now is finding out how ambitious Chester truly are. Steve Burr has formed an impressive spine through his team with excellent performances this season from the likes of Ben Heneghan, Michael Kay, Craig Mahon and Rooney. 

The Blues lack a 20-goal a season forward but if that position can be addressed during the summer, Burr's men could be genuine play-off contenders next term. 

- Holywell Town deserve all the plaudits

It has been an outstanding week for all connected with Holywell Town. A full 10 years since they dropped out of the Cymru Alliance, the Wellmen will be back in the second tier next season after claiming the Welsh Alliance title.

And on Saturday, John Haseldin's side lifted the FAW Trophy with a 4-2 success over Penrhyndeudraeth. Haseldin spoke about 'putting Holywell back on the map' and they have certainly caused a stir this campaign, including a narrow penalty shootout loss to Aberystwyth in the Welsh Cup. 

With momentum on their side, Holywell could challenge for honours again next season. For now, they fully deserve to bask in the glory of a famous double.

- United showing positive signs but lack substance

Manchester United enjoyed 70 per cent possession at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but were beaten 1-0 by champions elect Chelsea.

United were excellent on the ball and are starting to show signs of putting up a genuine challenge next season for honours.

Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are flourishing as wing backs while Michael Carrick is arguably the form midfielder across the Premier League.

However, Chelsea displayed the sort of discipline and nous you need to win titles with experienced campaigners John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas able to Nify United's threat. 

Louis Van Gaal's men aren't far off challenging but need added substance for a title push.

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