Dover Athletic v Wrexham
Location: Crabble Athletic Ground
Competition: Vanarama National League
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After a long summer away from competitive football, Wrexham are finally back in action as we get the longest trip of the season out of the way early to face Dover Athletic.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a positive pre-season campaign, having last ran out at the Racecourse to face Forest Green Rovers. In a close game against EFL opposition we fell to a goal late on with the visitors taking home a 2-3 win. Mike Fondop was on the score sheet whilst Luke Summerfield cooly converted a penalty to wrap up our friendlies.
Dover Athletic last faced Woking, a side relegated from the National League last term. They travelled to the Kingfield Stadium to finish proceedings in pre-season with Inih Effiong's goal not enough to secure the win in a 1-1 draw. Over the summer Dover had wins over Welling United, Hythe Town and Deal Town, defeats to Gillingham and Chelmsford City and a draw with Folkestone Invicta.
Wrexham's new forward Mike Fondop will go into the game in Kent full of confidence having bagged five goals in six pre-season matches for the Dragons. The Cameroonian forward joined from Guiseley and has had a real eye for goal since signing at the Racecourse. Also eager to impress will be a late addition in Jordan Maguire-Drew. Having signed from Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday he's got plenty of experience in the division, having scored 14 for Dagenham during a previous loan spell. Wrexham do have a former Whites player in their side, with Nicky Deverdics returning to face a side he had two spells with in previous years.
Dover midfielder Mitch Brundle enjoyed a successful first season at the club last year and was an ever-present in the National League during 2017/18. The former Gateshead middle-man grabbed four goals as Chris Kinnear's side missed out on the playoffs through goal difference. Former Wrexham man Nortei Nortey also enjoyed a decent first season with Athletic and new signing Effiong will also be hoping to hit the ground running this weekend.
We've met on eight occasions in the past since Dover's promotion to the National League in 2014. Our last encounter was at the Racecourse back in December 2017 as we played out a goalless draw, the second successive stalemate between the sides in North Wales. Our last match at the Crabble was in August of last year as Ryan Bird's first half strike claimed the points.
Wrexham will be looking for their first win over Dover in what will be our ninth attempt, which of course means our first win at the Crabble having visited four times beforehand.
Sam Ricketts will assess his squad before taking charge of his first match in charge of the reds, Nicky Deverdics and Rekeil Pyke are those hoping to return for the National League curtain raiser.
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