Wrexham AFC welcome Torquay United to the Racecourse Ground this weekend, looking to build on a six-match unbeaten streak and a winning home record.
The second-placed Red Dragons take on the Gulls on Saturday September 24 in a match that kicks off at 3pm at Y Cae Ras.
It’s Torquay’s first visit to North Wales since they snatched a late equaliser in last year’s encounter – a match watched by co-chairmen Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds on their first visit to Wrexham.
Wrexham were unchanged last weekend, sticking with the same starting XI that had already helped beat Dorking Wanderers 5-0 and Dagenham & Redbridge 4-1 in the previous two games.
Though the likes of Callum McFadzean and Elliot Lee remain among Phil Parkinson’s options should he wish to shuffle the pack, the match may come too soon for Wrexham’s injured players.
They include Bryce Hosannah and Reece Hall-Johnson, who are back in training and building up fitness.
Rob Lainton is also back on the grass, and Tom O’Connor is expected to join them next week. Harry Lennon and Christian Dibble are still sidelined, however.
For Torquay, experienced defender Dean Moxey remains a doubt, while Tom Lapslie is out injured. Shaun Donnellan is pushing for a return to action, however.
The Opposition: Torquay United
Following a disappointing start to the season, Torquay sit 20th in the Vanarama National League table with eight points from nine games.
However, seven of those points have come on the road, including a 1-1 draw with Wealdstone last time out.
Prior to that Ryan Hanson and ex-Chester man Will Goodwin scored in a 2-1 win in Southend, though in between the Gulls were thrashed 4-1 at home to Solihull Moors.
Torquay have enjoyed a good record against Wrexham since the Gulls’ return to the Vanarama National League.
Wrexham have not won against Torquay since Chris Holroyd’s hat-trick helped them to a 4-0 home win in January 2018.
Torquay went down that year, and since their return with Gary Johnson in charge, they are unbeaten in this fixture.
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans’ late equaliser cancelled out Harry Lennon’s opener in front of the Wrexham co-chairmen at the Racecourse Ground last October.
Most recently, meanwhile, Tom O’Connor’s Wrexham debut was soured by a 1-0 loss at Plainmoor in February; Asa Hall’s early goal proving the difference.
The result was a turning point for Wrexham, however, who won 15 of the next 18 matches and have lost just five of the 32 competitive matches played in all competitions since.
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