MATCH PREVIEW | Eastleigh v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 16 Aug 2018

Eastleigh v Wrexham

Date: 18/08/2018

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: Silverlake Stadium

Competition: Vanarama National League

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After Wrexham continued their fine form in midweek to send us to the top of the table early on, we now travel south once more to face Eastleigh.

Form

The Dragons' great start under new boss Sam Ricketts continued with a well-fought win over Maidenhead United on Tuesday night. A well-taken finish from Mike Fondop and an outstanding effort from Jordan Maguire-Drew sealed three points and sent Wrexham to the top of the league. Ricketts' side broke a record in the process having for the first time kept four clean sheets on the trot in their opening four matches, something no Wrexham side had done before. It came on the back of a superb 3-0 victory over Boreham Wood with the Reds grabbing 10 points out of a 12 available.

After back-to-back defeats in their opening games, Eastleigh have turned things around and go into this Saturday with two wins on the trot this week. Mark Yeates' fifth-minute strike was the difference as they met Bromley in Hampshire to round off a good start having won 1-2 at Barnet. The Spitfires brushed aside the Bees with goals from Michael Green and Paul McCallum setting them on their way. 

Key Players

Wrexham midfielder Akil Wright has enjoyed a run in the side and been a big part of Wrexham's side both at the back and going forward. The 22-year old brings energy in the centre of the park and with plenty of competition has remained on top of his game to keep his place in the side. Meanwhile Chris Holroyd and Nicky Deverdics returned for their first game of the campaign and looked solid to see out the win over Maidenhead. 

Eastleigh goalkeeper Graham Stack kept his first clean sheet of the season on Tuesday and now the 36-year old shot-stopper will be looking to maintain his form as the last line of defence. Stack knows the level well having won promotion with Barnet previously as champions of the National League in 2015.

Head to Head

Since the Spitfires' promotion to the National League in 2014 we've met on eight occasions. Our first game came in September of that year at the Racecourse with the Dragons running out 3-0 winners. Goals from Elliott Durrell, Wes York and Andy Bishop sealed the win that afternoon. Our first trip to the Silverlake was in March 2015. Ben Strevens' 17th minute penalty was cancelled out 60 seconds later by Louis Moult before Neil Ashton put the reds ahead ten minutes before half time. With five minutes to play James Constable levelled for the home side to earn a point.

Our last match earlier this year also finished in a draw with Scott Quigley scoring from the spot before an injury-time equaliser from Ryan Creswell. The total record between the sides sees Wrexham with two wins, Eastleigh with one and five draws. 

Team News

Wrexham midfielder Luke Young missed out on Tuesday with a dead leg but could feature this weekend, whilst Kevin Roberts is recovering from an illness.

Keep Up

You can listen to free live commentary from Wrexham AFC on Mixlr as well as keep up to date on our social media channels. Highlights will be available with the first word from the manager and players post-match on our YouTube Channel.

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