Dover Athletic v Wrexham
Location: The Crabble Athletic Ground
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham embark on their longest away day of the season this weekend as we make the arduous journey to face Dover Athletic.
The Dragons picked up four points from a possible six in the opening two games of the season and are looking to maintain an unbeaten start at the Crabble. After going a goal down early on to Barrow on the curtain-raiser the reds pulled one back via the head of JJ Hooper after the break before Bobby Grant nodded past the keeper to seal a 2-1 win. In midweek we made the trip to Boreham Wood and after a sensational start found ourselves a goal up through the finish of Mark Harris. Grant made it 2-0 after the break but two late goals from the Wood meant we travelled back to North Wales with just a point.
On the first day of the season Dover travelled to the Proact Stadium to take on Chesterfield. Former Dragon Scott Boden gave the home side the lead on 72 minutes before Alfie Pavey levelled just five minutes later. Pavey made it 2-1 eight minutes later to wrap up a victory. However, they couldn't make it two in two as they played host to Dagenham & Redbridge. Angelo Balanta gave the Daggers the advantage before Pavey levelled, but a Mitch Brundle penalty against his former side to win it for Dagenham.
Wrexham forward Bobby Grant has already matched his goal tally from last term after just two appearances this term and is playing full of confidence. If it weren't for a stoppage-time equaliser Grant would have scored the winner in both games but his strong start has hopefully more to come.
Dover's Alfie Pavey is joint-top goal scorer in the National League with three goals in his opening two games including that double against Chesterfield. A regular on the scoresheet for Dover last season Pavey has spent time with Havant & Waterlooville and Maidstone United previously and has plenty of experience for a player just 23 years of age.
Our last meeting came at the Racecourse Ground in January 2019 with a late Anthony Jeffrey goal winning it for the Whites. Our last trip to the Crabble came on the opening day of last season, with Mike Fondop's overhead kick grabbing the winner for Wrexham. The Dragons have just one win in ten meetings against Dover whilst the Whites have five victories.
Wrexham will be without goalkeeper Rob Lainton and defender Manny Smith remain sidelined through injury.
The Wrexham AFC media team will be bringing you radio commentary of all the pre-season action this summer, free and exclusively on the club’s Mixlr channel. Follow the match live on our social media channels too, and look out for highlights and post-match reaction on the club’s YouTube channel.