Braintree Town v Wrexham
Location: Cressing Road
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham are back on the road this weekend with another trip down south, this time to face newly promoted Braintree Town at Cressing Road.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a goalless draw with FC Halifax Town. Both sides have begun the season strongly and on Tuesday night under the lights they locked horns, but neither side could find a breakthrough and the points were shared. Three days earlier the Dragons played host to Aldershot where goals from Stuart Beavon - his first for the side - and Jordan Maguire-Drew secured the win. Last time Wrexham were on the road was on Bank Holiday Monday where we fell to a 1-0 defeat to Solihull Moors.
As for the Iron, a late Chicke Kandi penalty secured victory for Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday night to sink Braintree to the bottom of the National League table. In their opening nine matches they've yet to register a win but they have drawn three matches, losing six. One of their points was picked up last Saturday against Boreham Wood where ex Red Jamal Fyfield gave the Wood the lead before Mohamed Bettamer levelled at Meadow Park.
Wrexham's versatile midfielder Mark Carrington has been putting in some impressive displays in recent weeks whilst filing in a number of positions across the back four. The Dragons' longest serving player has been as impressive as ever and having recently made his 200th Wrexham appearance will want to continue the form and keep the Dragons at the right end of the table.
Winger Luke Della-Verde has been a mainstay in the Iron side this season and will be hoping his side can register their first victory this season and first win since he signed for the club in the summer. The wide-man joined from Dartford and has experience playing in the EFL with the likes of Bristol Rovers, Fleetwood Town and Crawley Town.
We've met on a number of occasions during our time in non-league football, with the most recent coming in 2017. In that last meeting Wrexham came out on top through Ntumba Massanka and Ollie Shenton's goals at Cressing Road. Last time we met at the Racecourse Michael Cheek grabbed the only goal of a 1-0 Iron win. It's been seven years since our first match-up, a goalless draw in Essex.
Wrexham left-back James Jennings has recently returned to the side but Manny Smith remains sidelined. Samuel Ricketts should have a no new injury concerns.
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