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PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Bromley

Back to the serious stuff

9 January 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Bromley

Back to the serious stuff

9 January 2023

After an unforgettable weekend, it's time to get back to our priority: the National League.

The remarkable 4-3 win at Coventry captured the headlines, but the coaching staff had just two days to bring the focus back onto a tough league encounter and deal with the knocks picked up at The CBS Arena.

Aaron Hayden missed out in Coventry, of course, but Anthony Forde, James Jones and Ollie Palmer all made cameo appearances off the bench and will be eager to reclaim their places in the side.

Bromley arrive in 10th place, and their most recent match was a goalless draw against Southend United, having won the first of the festive fixtures against them at Roots Hall. That took their unbeaten run to 5 league games but they have only won 2 of their last 12 games in all competitions.

That run of results included a defeat to Bath City on penalties which ended their defence of the FA Trophy at the first hurdle (not that we're in a position to crow over the Ravens' Trophy record!)

With 6 goals this season, Omar Sowunmi is almost in the Aaron Hayden category of goal-scoring centre backs, even outscoring the prolific Michael Cheek who has struck 5 times in the current campaign. Bromley's experienced attack also features Adam Marriott, who is their top scorer with 8.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

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Wrexham have a strong home record against Bromley, having won 6 of 7 clashes at The Racecourse.

Last season we beat them 2-0 through goals by Reece Hall-Johnson and Paul Mullin, a victory which was made more straightforward by Liam Trotter's 8th minute red card for a heavy tackle on Dan Jarvis.

The preceding season we enjoyed our biggest win over Bromley, as Dior Angus put in his finest performance in a Wrexham shirt. Jordan Davies opened the scoring, but two sharp finishes by Angus were what put The Red Dragons into the comfort zone, securing a 3-0 win.

In November 2019 a typical Luke Young strike, 13 minutes from the final whistle, was what separated the two sides.

A year earlier, we dropped points at home to Bromley for the only time so far. It was a highly frustrating affair, as Wrexham looked to be cruising to victory after 65 minutes after goals by Mike Fondop and Rekeil Pyke. However, a penalty halved the lead and, in the first minute of added time, a near post corner skidded off the top of Luke Summerfield's head and into the net, an own goal which secured The Ravens a point.

 

In September 2017, Ntumba Massanka swept in to score both goals in a 2-0 win, the first of 4 he scored in this fixture to make him our top scorer against Bromley.

We'd also grabbed 2 goals against Bromley the previous season, through Shaun Harrad and Gerry McDonagh, the on-loan Irishman's 80th minute strike earning Dean Keates his first win as Wrexham manager.

Bromley's first game at The Racecourse, in February 2016, was dominated by Lee Fowler. Back in the side having not been selected for much of the campaign by Gary Mills, he ran the show, opening the scoring after 32 minutes. Connor Jennings secured a 2-0 win with a penalty 6 minutes later.

MILESTONES

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Mark Howard's 375th career appearance.

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Reece Hall-Johnson's 175th career appearance.

 


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