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PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC vs Salford City

The Red Dragons return to the STōK Cae Ras on Saturday

13 October 2023

Phil Parkinson’s side aim to make it back-to-back victories when they take on Salford City at the STōK Cae Ras.

It will be the first meeting of the Club’s in the EFL, after sharing only one season in the National League together.

After a point on the road on Tuesday against Mansfield Town, the Red Dragons built on that performance with a battling victory against Crawley Town.

Despite being a goal up but a man down, it was yet another hard-fought performance full of graft which ultimately placed Wrexham back in the play-offs.

THE RECAP

On Tuesday night, Parkinson opted to make eleven changes to the side that won against Crawley, with a debut handed to Luke McNicholas in goal.

The Irishman signed from Sligo Rovers in the summer, and it was his first opportunity to get a taste of first-team action.

Jordan Davies returned to the starting lineup after his spell on the sidelines and made an immediate impact.

A goal and assist from inside the opening thirteen minutes to propel the Red Dragons into a two-goal advantage.

The Railwaymen failed to trouble the Wrexham defence, and Luke Young added a third from the penalty spot late into the second half.

Jake Bickerstaff beat Alex Captain Luke Offord to the ball and got hauled down inside the area with Aaron Jackson sending off the defender.

Young sent Tom Booth the wrong way, and he rolled the ball into the bottom corner securing our place in the next stage of the competition.

Another positive from the fixture was the debut of Harry Ashfield, who played out the final few moments after replacing Sam Dalby from the bench.

EYE ON THE OPPOSITION

After a heart-breaking play-off semi-final defeat to neighbours Stockport County, Neil Wood’s side have suffered a hangover period since returning to action.

For a side with high aspirations, it’s been a slower-than-anticipated start to the season as they sit in 13th place.

A run of six defeats on the bounce put pressure on Wood, but three consecutive victories in Sky Bet League Two have seen them rise up the division.

The resurgence in recent games has been inspired by their leading marksman Matt Smith, who has scored seven so far in Sky Bet League Two.

In their most recent fixture, The Ammies went one better than Wrexham in league football as they put in a strong home performance to defeat Crewe Alexandra.

Smith bagged a double on the day, as they climbed the table further into 13th position in Sky Bet League Two.

They initially went behind on the day, but Smith helped push them into a lead that was too far out of the reach of the Railwaymen.

Results providing, victory could push them to as high as ninth, which would leave them in touching distance of the play-off spots.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Venue

Pld

Won

Drn

Lst

For

Agst

+/-

Home

  1      

1

0

0

5

1

+4

Away

1

0

0

1

0

2

-2

Neutral

           

0

Total

2

1

0

1

5

3

+2

 

Biggest home win – 5-1 (National League) – 26 Dec 2018

Wrexham’s goalscorers Chris Holroyd, Shaun Pearson, Ben Tollitt, Brad Walker, and Akil Wright.

HOW TO WATCH

As the weekend’s fixture falls inside the international break, the article 48 window does not apply for this fixture, meaning the game can be streamed worldwide, wherever you are.

To watch the game live, you can purchase your match pass on iFollow Wrexham, and tune in with our WrexhamPlayer commentary team.

In the UK, you can choose the audio-only option, but this is not available for overseas viewers. 

To watch the game, you can buy your iFollow Wrexham match passes here

 


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