MATCH PREVIEW | AFC Fylde v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 17 Jan 2019

AFC Fylde v Wrexham

Date: 19/01/2019

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: Mill Farm

Competition: Vanarama National League

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This weekend Wrexham make their way to the North-West coast to face promotion rivals AFC Fylde in the National League.

Form

Wrexham come into the game on a poor run of form having lost our last four matches. Last weekend Graham Barrow's experimental side were eliminated from the Buildbase FA Trophy through Matt Harrold's penalty in the second half seeing Leyton Orient through. Beforehand we travelled to Bromley where two first half goals sealed the win for the Ravens in the midweek match-up. We last played at home in the league against Dover Athletic where Anthony Jeffrey's late goal won the game for the Whites. 

AFC Fylde currenrtly sit 5th in the table three points behind the Dragons with inferior goal differnece. They were last in action last weekend where they played host to Biggleswade Town with Nick Haughton's goal earning a 1-0 win in the Trophy. Much like Wrexham the Coasters have also not had much luck against Bromley in recent weeks, with their last league game a 3-2 loss at Hayes Lane. Having initially led through Danny Rowe, Bromley striker JJ Hooper netted with nine minutes to go to ensure a home win. Last time they played a league game at Mill Farm they drew 0-0 with Barrow.

Key Players

Dragons striker Rekeil Pyke recently returned from injury coming off the bench against Bromley and later Leyton Orient having been sidelined less than half an hour into our trip to Barrow back in November. The striker on loan from Huddersfield Town scored five goals before his injury including his first in senior football against Boreham Wood back in August, and will be looking to get back amongst it with new comptition for places up top. 

For AFC Fylde, they have this week made the signing of Timi Odusina on loan from Norwich City. The Canaries youngster has been playing in the U-18's and 23's this season and playing every minute for the devlopment squad, the majority coming as captain. He links up with fellow Norwich loanee Mason Bloomfield at Mill Farm looking to gain first-team experience with the Coasters. 

Head to Head

We've met AFC Fylde on four occasions in competative football with the Dragons yet to register a victory. Our last two games  - including the latest back in August at the Racecourse - finished 0-0. Last season Fylde also managed a 2-0 FA Cup and 1-0 National League win over Wrexham in the space of 10 days in October 2017.

Team News

Dragons defender Doug Tharme remains sidelined through injury as does fellow centre-half Manny Smith. Kieran Kennedy who was unable to face Leyton Orient is available to make his debut.

Keep Up

You can listen to free live commentary from Wrexham AFC on Mixlr as well as keep up to date on our social media channels. Highlights will be available with the first word from the manager and players post-match on our YouTube Channel.

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