MATCH PREVIEW | Gateshead v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 21 Feb 2019

Gateshead v Wrexham

Date: 23/02/2019

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: The International Stadium

Competition: Vanarama National League

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Wrexham complete a trio of arduous away days by making the trip north to face Gateshead at the International Stadium, as Brian Flynn returns to a Wrexham dug-out for the first time in 18 years as assistant manager.

Form

Wrexham come into this weekend's game with four wins in the spin including Bryan Hughes' first three matches in charge of the club. Last Tuesday we made the trip to Boreham Wood where a Ben Tollitt brace sent the Dragons to the top of the National League. It followed on from three days previous where goals from Shaun Pearson, Akil Wright and James Jennings sealed a 3-2 victory as Wrexham came from behind to beat Havant & Waterlooville. 

Gateshead come into the game five games unbeaten having won at Dagenham & Redbridge last Saturday. Steven Rigg's brace saw off the Daggers in the English capital to take the Heed to 7th in the National League table. Their last home game was against Havant & Waterlooville with the two playing out a 0-0 draw. The Heed's last defeat came on January 8th against promotion rivals Solihull Moors in the North-East, losing out 2-1. 

Key Players

Wrexham winger Ben Tollitt has been in great form since being brought back into the starting XI under Bryan Hughes. Having provided an assist against Havant he followed it up with a brace against Boreham Wood to send his side to the top of the division, capping off a wonderful spell for the 24-year old.

Heed forward Rigg ended a barron spell without hitting the back of the net by bagging a double last weekend. Rigg hadn't scored since October 2018 but sealed a valueable three points for his side against a resurgent Daggers. The former Calisle United attacker will be looking to re-capture the form he had at the beginning of the season having grabbed five goals in his opening 14 goals.

Head to Head

We've met on a number of occasions through the years with our last game coming back in November as an own goal, Brad Walker and Rekeil Pyke ensured maximum points for Wrexham at the Cae Ras. We were at the International Stadium in January 2018 as both sides failed to break the deadlock.

Team News

Wrexham captain Shaun Pearson missed out on Tuesday and is set to return for the weekend as will Luke Summerfield, Bobby Grant and Kevin Roberts. Manny Smith continues his progression as he returns from injury. 

Form

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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