Ebbsfleet United v Wrexham
Location: Stonebridge Road
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Dean Keates' Wrexham look to bounce back from a midweek defeat with a result this Saturday against bottom of the division Ebbsfleet United at Stonebridge Road in a game that signals the half-way stage for Wrexham.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to AFC Fylde on Tuesday. Danny Philliskirk's first half effort deflected past Rob Lainton and with the reds failing to find a response, the Coasters departed North Wales with the points. It followed a thrilling 3-3 draw three days previous with Yeovil Town with the Glovers' Rhys Murphy grabbing a hatrick that was cancelled out by Akil Wright, Paul Rutherford and Bobby Grant.
Ebbsfleet have failed to win in their last five games falling to a 5-2 defeat away to Barnet on Tuesday to make matters worse. Ayo Oblieye and Gozie Ugwu scored for the Fleet provided moments of light on a dark evening in North London. United's last win was a 4-0 away victory at Chorley a month ago.
Wrexham defender Jake Lawlor has put in a string of good displays in recent weeks, keeping a calm demeanour at the back. Lawlor and his defensive partners have found themselves leaking goals at times this season but the former Guiseley defender has still turned in performances of individual class.
Ebbsfleet striker Ugwu stits as top scorer for his side this term with 8 goals in the National League. The former Woking forward has been in red-hot form scoring seven goals in his last seven including one in midweek. The powerful striker has become a veteran of the National League and fans and coaches alike will be looking at Ugwu to help lift their side off the foot of the table.
We met earlier this season at the Racecourse Ground with Paul Rutherford's sumptuous effort handing victory for the Dragons in a 1-0 win. Our last trip to Ebbsfleet ended in a 4-2 win for the home side, with the Fleet heading into half-time 3-0 to the good. Wrexham made a brief fightback before United handed revenge for Wrexham's 4-1 win earlier in the campaign by scoring a fourth - courtesy of this season's top scorer Ugwu. Wrexham's last win at Stonebridge Road came way back in March 2012 - a 5-0 win.
JJ Hooper and Manny Smith are both out through injury whilst Adam Barton also still recovers. Tyler Reid will be looked at following his debut being halted through a pulled quad.
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