AFC Fylde v Wrexham
Location: Mill Farm
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham will look to end a poor run of form in midweek as they make the journey across to the North-West Coast.
Wrexham are without a win in their last seven games in the National League and as of Saturday found themselves in the bottom four. An end to end encounter on Saturday at Aldershot resulted in a 94th-minute winner for the home side to pile on the mistery for the Dragons. A week earlier we'd drawn 1-1 at home to Sutton United with Bobby Grant's late penalty earning a point for Wrexham. Our last league victory came against FC Halifax Town in mid-August.
AFC Fylde have also struggled early on this season, but on Saturday won their first game in seven. Daniel Bradley's opener gave the Coasters the lead before Danny Hollands levelled for Eastleigh at Mill Farm. Ten minutes after the Spitfires got themselves back in the game, Jordan Williams netted to restore the lead before Ryan Croasdale sealed a much needed three points.
Wrexham midfielder Adam Barton found himself back in the side on Saturday and gave the manager food for thought with a solid display in the middle of the park. The former Dundee and Portsmouth middle-man hadn't made a National League appearance since the end of August away to Hartlepool and will now be looking to remain in the starting XI going forward.
Midfielder Williams has been in superb form in recent weeks with four goals in as many games including one against Eastleigh and a brace in a 2-2 draw against Bromley. He arrived in the summer from Rochdale with whom he made 24 appearances in League One and cup competitions last season scoring three times. With experience at this level with Barrow, the 26-year old has had some real individual success so far with Fylde.
Wrexham are yet to register a victory over AFC Fylde in our five previous meetings. Our last match came in January 2019 with the Coasters running out 2-0 at Mill Farm, which followed a 0-0 draw at the Racecourse a few months earlier. Without a win or a goal against the Coasters, Wrexham will be looking to put an end to that particular record.
Goalkeeper Rob Lainton is continuing progression to return and be ready for selection whilst Manny Smith is still out through injury. as is JJ Hooper. Jake Lawlor is available having served a four-game suspension following his red card at Hartlepool.
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