Wrexham AFC hit the road for the first time this season, as we take on AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Reds Records Stadium.
Opening in November 2020, it’ll be the first time the Club has played at the stadium, and Phil Parkinson’s side will be hoping to secure their first victory of the campaign.
There was a much-improved performance in midweek, with a penalty shoot-out victory against Wigan Athletic in the Carabao Cup.
Despite a goalless draw inside the 90 plus additional minutes, Luke Young, Tom O’Connor, Elliot Lee and Sam Dalby were on target to send the Red Dragons into the Second Round.
After coming off the bench on Saturday against MK Dons, Jake Bickerstaff and Ollie Palmer got the nod to lead the line against the Latics
Both men had chances to score, but neither could beat Sam Tickle, despite Bickerstaff’s audacious overhead kick.
There were also returns to the starting eleven for Luke Young and Max Cleworth who both impressed with their assured performances.
In the build-up to this weekend’s fixture, Phil Parkinson spoke in his weekly press conference and issued an update on the squad.
He confirmed that both new signings Will Boyle and James McClean are both available for selection, whilst Jordan Tunnicliffe is making progress on his return to fitness.
EYE ON THE OPPOSITION
Tomorrow’s host’s achieved a much greater scalp in the Carabao Cup, knocking out familiar cup opposition in Coventry City.
The Sky Blues went ahead early in the tie, but two late goals from the Dons secured victory in front of a jubilant home crowd.
On the opening day of the season, they played out a 0-0 draw against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.
Tomorrow’s game will see the return of former Wimbledon striker Ollie Palmer, who left the Dons in January 2022 to join Wrexham for a Club-record transfer fee.
Since arriving in North Wales, Palmer has scored 33 goals in 80 competitive appearances and helped fire Wrexham to promotion last season.
He spent two seasons in Central London, proving to be a popular player during his time with the Wombles.
The two clubs have only met four times in competitive football since the re-birth of AFC Wimbledon.
Their rise through the football pyramid saw them only play two seasons in the National League, before winning promotion to League Two.
The first two fixtures against each other were both postponed, one for too many international call-ups and the second for a frozen pitch.
They finally played in the January of 2010, and a solo Gareth Taylor goal proved to be the difference on the night.
In the return fixture, both teams shared the spoils with a 2-2 draw at Kingsmeadow. Three goals in the final ten minutes turned the game on its head, but a last-minute Glen Poole penalty secured a point for the hosts.
The only defeat the Club faced against The Dons came in the October of the 2010/11 season, as Andy Mangan’s opener was cancelled out by Christian Jolley’s equaliser, and a goal from Rashid Yussuff six minutes from time settled the contest.
The Red Dragons claimed victory the final time they met, with a Mathais Pogba strike in the 74th minute proving to be the difference.
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