Boreham Wood v Wrexham
Location: Meadow Park
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham are on the road for the first time this season as Bryan Hughes' Dragons make their way to Boreham Wood in the National League.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of an opening day victory at the Racecourse Ground. After a slow start that saw visitors Barrow open the scoring through Josh Granite, debutant JJ Hooper fired back with a second-half header that quite literally broke the goal. Moments later scorer turned provider as Hooper beat a defender and stood the ball up to the back post for Bobby Grant to nod home and turn the game on its head. 2-1 is how it ended with three points secured on the opening day and a first win over Barrow in the last eight meetings.
Boreham Wood had the unenvious task of heading down to Torquay United on the opening day with the newly promoted Gulls in full force. In the opening half-hour it turned into a horror comeback for former Wrexham defender Jamal Fyfield who was shown a straight red card. In the second half Torquay took the lead through Opi Edwards which was doubled by Jamie Reed. In stoppage time Wood forward Tyrone Marsh scored but it would prove to be nothing but a consolation.
Wrexham forward Hooper put in an outstanding display on his debut not just scoring but his work-rate both on and off the pitch. He had supporters singing his name immediately with his goal and assist for Grant to wrap up the game and now onlookers will be expecting another big performance on Tuesday.
Boreham Wood made the impressive signing of Oxford City striker Kabongo Tshimanga over the summer, a forward who notched 24 goals in the National League South last term, and was the hero of their FA Cup run. Tshimanga began life with MK Dons before numerous loan spells ended with a move to Boston United. After eight goals he joined Oxford in a breakthrough season for the 21-year-old and now he'll test himself in a higher division week-in-week-out.
Last season Wrexham came out on top in both occasions with victories home and away. At the Racecourse goals from Jordan Maguire-Drew, Rekeil Pyke and Mike Fondop sealed a win whilst Ben Tollitt's brace was enough for victory in a midweek win at Meadow Park. Wrexham edge the stats in our eight previous meetings with sevens wins from those eight games, including four wins out of four at Meadow Park. Boreham Wood's only win came at the Racecourse in 2018.
Wrexham will remain without goalkeeper Rob Lainton and defender Manny Smith who are sidelined through injury.
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