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PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Torquay United

28 October 2021

It's time to focus on the football again, as Wrexham look to bounce back from the disappointment of last Tuesday against last season's runners-up.

Long term injured players Luke Young Kwame Thomas, Reece Hall-Johnson and Ryan Austin are not ready to return, but Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds were both able to complete full training sessions on Thursday and are available for selection, subject to international clearance.

While Wrexham look to make amends for the defeat at Maidenhead, Torquay United enjoyed success in midweek, beating Kings Lynn 2-0 at home. However, they will be frustrated at their inconsistent form following the success of last season.

Their 4 wins this season have come against the sides which currently lie in 16th, 17th, 20th and 21st position in the table, and they've suffered heavy home defeats to Altrincham, Woking and Grimsby Town. While their home form has picked up, with 3 wins on the bounce, they've managed just 1 point from the last 12 on the road.

They will hope that Sinclair Armstrong, on loan from QPR, can carry on where he left off on Tuesday, as the Irish youth international capped a fine performance with a debut goal. 

HEAD TO HEAD

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We’ve struggled in recent years against Torquay United, winning just one of our last eight matches against them. Four wins in that period have allowed The Gulls to approach parity in this fixture, with 18 victories to our 20.

That sole recent win, in January 2018, was a good one though! Chris Holroyd struck a hat trick and Manny Smith got the other in a 4-0 win which is our biggest win over Torquay. The match was made even more memorable by a large contingent of 1.FC Magdeburg fans, over for their club’s tour of the North West, who came to check out their European opponents of 1978 and urged us on with raucous support!

Holroyd’s hat trick is the only one a Wrexham player has managed against The Gulls, and it puts him level with Barry Horne, Albert Kinsey, Louis Moult and Jim Steel as our top scorer against them.

A goal for Paul Mullin would put him in illustrious company: the great strikers of recent years, such as Kevin Russell, Steel, Gary Bennett, Andy Morrell and Moult all scored at home to Torquay, and even Juan Ugarte managed to. That’s remarkable because, in his incredible 2004-5 season, only two of his 26 goals were scored at home!

His 87th minute equaliser earned us a point against The Gulls in February 2005, and his only other goal at The Racecourse was in the infamous 5-1 defeat to Hartlepool.

Last season Torquay did the double over us for the third time (we’ve managed 3 as well), and the first since the 1987-8 season. We lost 3-1 at Plainmoor, and were beaten 1-0 at The Racecourse.

The home loss was particularly hard to take, as it came in the middle of a week which dealt a decisive blow to our promotion hopes. We faced 3 play-off rivals in the space of 8 days and, after an unlucky 1-0 loss at Notts County on Good Friday, looked to have emerged with a goalless draw against Torquay.

However, a fine finish in the 93rd minute by Sam Sherring earned The Gulls a win, and a shell-shocked Wrexham then capitulated 3-0 to Stockport to round off a costly triple-header.

Not so long ago, the boot was on the other foot. In 2015 we played Torquay five times and, after a goalless draw at Plainmoor, enjoyed four wins including an emphatic victory in the semi-final of the FA Trophy.

Our home record is good against United. We actually lost our first two games against them at The Racecourse, and three of our first four, but since then they’ve beaten us on our patch just twice in 20 attempts.

Capacity restrictions-despite the addition of a few extra seats!-mean we’ll fall just short of our biggest crowd against Torquay, achieved in March 1966 when 9,920 saw us lose 2-0.

However, our attendance statistics continue to be remarkable. This will be the first season in which Wrexham’s first 5 home league games) all attracted attendances in excess of 5,000 since 1980-81. Also, the last time four consecutive Wrexham home league games had attendances in excess of 8,000 was December 1979-January 1980.

POTENTIAL MILESTONES

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Paul Mullin’s 275th league game.

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Jordan Davies makes his 50th Wrexham appearance.

Tyler French makes the 50th league appearance of his career.  tyler_french_solihull_1.jpg

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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham 1-1 Torquay United

Victory snatched late as owners watch on

30 October 2021

Harry Lennon’s fourth-minute header was canceled out by Connor Lemonheigh- Evans late equaliser as we managed to extend our unbeaten home record in front of Chairmen Rob McElehnney and Ryan Reynolds.

The Red Dragons managed to dominate proceedings but were caught out against the run of play as Lemonheigh-Evans goal denied Wrexham of victory in front of our highest ever National League attendance with a crowd of 9813

Phil Parkinson made four changes from the team that got narrowly beaten by Maidenhead on Tuesday, and it was one of those changes in Harry Lennon that put the Red Dragons ahead.

The goal once again was supplied by a trademark Ben Tozer throw which was comfortably met by Lennon, and he converted past McDonald four minutes into the contest.

Lemonheigh-Evans managed to peel off the Wrexham defence and put his free header past Rob Lainton nine minutes from time.

Parkinson’s side nearly doubled their early advantage through James Jones, as his low-driven effort almost deflected into the path of Liam McAlinden, but the Torquay stopper did enough to turn the ball around the post.

Jordan Pontecelli embraced his opportunity to lead the line and nearly got a goal for himself, but he couldn’t quite direct his header goal bound on the half-hour mark.

The visitors had a couple of half-chances to make their way back into the tie in the first half, starting with Lemonheigh-Evans as his curled effort just evaded Rob Lainton’s goal.

Joe Lewis also came close to grabbing an equaliser for the Gulls, but his looping header landed onto the roof of Rob Lainton’s goal.

The game wasn’t without its controversy as a mazy run from Bryce Hosannah saw him turn past the Torquay defence and seemingly pulled to the floor, but referee Ben Speedie waved the challenge away.

In the aftermath, Phil Parkinson found his way into Ben Speedie’s book for dissent as he protested the challenge on Hosannah.

The final embers of the game drew a cagey affair with neither side able to find a winner, with Dior Angus coming closest, but his shot was blazed wide meaning both sides shared the spoils.

Wrexham (4-2-3-1): Lainton(GK), French, Hayden, Lennon, Tozer, Reckord, J. Jones (Young 87’), Davies, Hosannah (Jarvis 81’), McAlinden, Pontecelli (Angus 74’)

Subs not used: Dibble and Brisley

Bookings: Lennon (48’), Lainton (58’)

Torquay (5-2-1-2): McDonald (GK), Wynter, Lewis, Moxey, Johnson, Perritt (Lapsile 57’), Little, Lemoneigh-Evans, Lolos (Moore 61’), Armstrong, Holman (Addi 74’)

Subs not used: Halstead and Omar

Bookings: Perritt (54’), Moxey (94’)

Attendance: 9,813

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Extra tickets released for Torquay United (H)

Tickets in two blocks on sale

29 October 2021

Wrexham AFC are pleased to announce we have managed to release a limited number of extra tickets for tomorrow’s game against Torquay United.

The match, which sees co-chairmen Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds watch live at the Racecourse Ground for the first time, has seen an incredible demand for tickets once again.

Tickets in block Y3 and PG8 can now be bought, but be fast – there is only a limited number available.

Supporters in Y3 will enter the stadium via turnstiles three and four, with the away supporters using turnstiles one and two for this game.

Tickets can be purchased online from our eTicketing website and must be collected from the Racecourse Ground tomorrow.

We advise supporters to pick their tickets up in advance of Saturday to avoid congestion.

Click Here to purchase yours!

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