Fleetwood Town vs Wrexham
Location: Poolfoot Farm
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
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Wrexham continue their pre-season preparations with a test against League One opposition. Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town provide the opposition, in a match that will take place at the Cod Army’s training complex, Poolfoot Farm.
Wrexham got their pre-season off to a winning start last weekend, winning 4-0 away to Cefn Druids at The Rock. On a hot, sticky day in Cefn Mawr, Devonte Redmond opened the scoring before JJ Hooper netted twice. Akil Wright’s bullet header crowned the victory in the second-half, in a match which saw two separate XIs play 45 minutes each.
This will be Fleetwood’s first match of the 2019-20 pre-season. The Cod Army finished 11th in League One last season, winning 16 of their 46 matches in their first season under one-time England international Joey Barton.
Wrexham have strengthened in attack in pre-season, with Devonte Redmond and JJ Hooper already making a big impact since arriving. Wales under-21 international Mark Harris and winger Leighton McIntosh have also been added to the Dragons’ armoury. Returning from last year, meanwhile, is former Fleetwood man Bobby Grant, who scored 22 league goals in 119 appearances for the Cod Army. At the back, captain Shaun Pearson will lead the Dragons’ defence against their Football League opposition.
Among Fleetwood’s new signings is experienced Scottish midfielder Paul Coutts, who played a part in Sheffield United’s Premier League promotion last summer. He was previously a regular when the Blades won promotion from League One in 2017. The Cod Army’s attack is led by Paddy Madden, who scored 19 goals and set up eight more last season. Ashley Hunter scored nine and set up ten more, meanwhile.
We met Fleetwood Town four times in the Conference, winning one game apiece and drawing twice between 2010 and 2012. Most recently, a 2-0 win at the Racecourse thanks to Jake Speight and Andy Morrell scoring was followed by a 1-1 draw at Highbury – Speight’s goal cancelled out by Gareth Seddon. Ultimately, however, the Cod Army – powered by Jamie Vardy’s goals – would pip Wrexham to the title, despite the Dragons’ 98 points.
Luke Summerfield, Jake Lawlor and Jason Oswell are expected to feature in Portugal, but this friendly may come too soon. Manny Smith is a long-term absentee. Trialist Jazzi Barnum-Bobb could be given another chance to impress, while Bryan Hughes has stated he will not be making wholesale changes at half-time this time. New signing Adam Barton could also play in this game. Fleetwood are expected to field a full-strength team.
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.