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PREVIEW | Wrexham v Aldershot Town

Posted: Fri 17 Feb 2017
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Ollie Williams looks ahead to this weekends game...

Wrexham will be looking to continue our superb form in 2017 and go seven games without defeat, but it’ll be a difficult ask at home to play-off chasing Aldershot Town. 

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Wrexham as mentioned are on a great run having not lost in our last six matches. Just one defeat in eight means Dean Keates’ side are full of confidence. Last weekend we travelled to Dover, the longest trip of the season. Having never managed a win over the Whites Keates’ men looked like it would be yet another loss at the Crabble, as Joe Healy gave Dover the lead. But nine minutes from time the ball came off the backside of Jordan White to earn a point. Last time out at the Racecourse was against Guiseley, as Wrexham recorded a thrilling 3-1 win with goals from Ntumba Massanka and the now departed John Rooney.

Aldershot are on a run of seven games without defeat and are yet to lose in 2017. Their last loss came on December 17th on the road against Chester FC. Last weekend at the Recreation Ground the Shots were in a superb game against Barrow. With Town 2-0 up early on things were looking good for Gary Waddock’s side. But the Bluebirds pulled one back and the game was on a knife edge until Barrow went down to nine men following two red cards in as many minutes. But there was one last twist as Ross Hannah popped up on 95 minutes to share the points.

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It may have come off his backside but as the saying goes, ‘they all count’. Jordan White has finally scored his second goal following the Scottish striker’s account being opened on New Year’s Day against Southport. With competition up front between himself, Massanka and Izale McLeod all forwards will be looking to prove a point. With White’s tally doubled he’ll be looking to fire Wrexham higher up the table with the absence of former top scorer Rooney.

Aldershot striker Scott Rendell will be one to look out for as an experienced National League forward. The former Luton Town man joined in the Summer from arch rivals Woking and has 11 goals so far this term. He has scored five goals in his last seven matches including a hatrick against former club Woking. 

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We’ve met Aldershot a total of seven times since the Shots relegation to the National League in 2013. The first meeting came in Hampshire with the home side running out 2-0 winners. But Aldershot would go five games without a win in this fixture following Wrexham’s 2-1 Racecourse win in January 2014. Wrexham’s last win in this fixture came at the Recreation Ground, 0-1 with the goal coming from Wes York. Last time out was also at the Rec with Aldershot taking three points in a 2-0 victory last August.

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Dean Keates has no new injury concerns, Russell Penn returned to the starting line-up last weekend against Dover Athletic whilst Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls returned this week from his loan at Nantwich Town.

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Can’t make it to the Racecourse Ground? As always you can keep right up to date with the match on Wrexham PlayerHD with our commentary team as well as our text updates on Twitter @Wrexham_AFC. You can catch all the buildup on our Periscope and Facebook Live, and the post-match reaction with the players and manager on Wrexham PlayerHD and our YouTube WxmAFCOfficial - Don’t forget to subscribe and be the first to see it!