Football: Predatory Jones on Mark for Double Joy; Smith Sees Striker Shine

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LEE JONES honed his striking instincts with both his side's goals to give a strong Wrexham reserve line-up a hard-fought draw at Macclesfield Town yesterday afternoon.

The 30-year-old striker, who has not started a Second Division match since the end of October, pressed his claims for a first-team recall under the watchful eye of manager Den is Smith.

But Wrexham were forced to hang on for the final quarter of the match after youngster Levi Mackin was shown a red card for deliberate handball -his second sending-off within 24hours.

Nevertheless, the Racecourse boss declared himself reasonably satisfied with the performance,picking out the goals corer and midfield man Steve Thomas for particular praise.

``Lee's already scored a few goals before picking up a bit of an injury, which set him back a little,but he's looking very sharp again,'' said Smith. ``Both of them were great finishes and I was very pleased to see him in that frame of mind.

``Steve Thomas also had another good game for us.''

Although striker Chris Armstrong was unavailable through illness and midfielder Darren Ferguson was prevented from playing because his Football League suspension was for violent conduct, the visitors had seven members of the senior Racecourse squad in action.

Macclesfield enjoyed the majority of early possession, but were unable to get close enough to test teenage goalkeeper Danny Evans, who had played for Wrexham's youth team at Watford the previous evening.

The Dragons should have gone ahead in the 11thminute when Dylan Owen beat the home side's off side trap. …