Eastleigh v Wrexham
Location: Silverlake Stadium
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Dean Keates' Wrexham are looking to lift themselves off the foot of the National League table in midweek as they make the arduous journey to Eastleigh.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Ebbsfleet United, a result which saw the Fleet leapfrog Wrexham in the National League table. A James Jennings own goal was cancelled out by a Kieran Kennedy strike to take the score in level at the break. However, following a period of Wrexham pressure, Myles Weston hit an excellent effort to hand three points to the home side. It extended a run of no away wins for Wrexham since a 2-1 victory over Barnet in April.
Eastleigh were in FA Cup action on Saturday where they played host to Crewe Alexandra. Owen Dale hit the net for the Railwaymen before an 86th-minute leveller from Marcus Barnes forced a replay against the League Two side. The Spitfires last league game came last Tuesday where goals from Scott Rendell, Danny Hollands and Joe Partington ensured a 3-2 victory over Torquay United.
On-loan defender Kieran Kennedy was a bright spark on a dull day for Wrexham on Saturday, scoring his first goal of his second spell and playing with prowess. Having signed a deal at Wrexham in January he departed over the summer before re-joining on loan from Port Vale. Kennedy found himself playing at the more unfamiliar right-back position for his two appearances thus far, the Manchester-born defender hasn't looked out of place.
Eastleigh lost their talismanic marksman Paul McCallum over the summer but have brought in a veteran of the National League to fill his boots. Scott Rendell joined in the summer after departing Aldershot and has scored nine goals in his last nine matches, including a hatrick against Harrogate in the National League. The 33-year old will be looking to maintain his form in the league after grabbing four goals in his last three games in the division.
This will be our first meeting since battling it out in the National League play-off eliminator back in May where Danny Hollands' wonder strike in extra-time settled the score. Kennedy had a goal ruled out by the officials before Eastleigh advanced to the semi-final, losing to eventual winners Salford City. Our last game in Hampshire was in August 2018 with an own goal, Manny Smith and Mike Fondop on the scoresheet in a 3-1 win for the Dragons.
JJ Hooper has returned to training and could feature for Dean Keates on Tuesday, Adam Barton has received surgery in the last week and won't be fit to feature whilst Mark Carrington could return from a knock that's kept him out of the starting XI. Manny Smith is also still sidelined along with Tyler Reid.
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