MATCH PREVIEW | Hartlepool United v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 21 Mar 2019

Hartlepool United v Wrexham

Date: 23/03/2019

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: Victoria Park

Competition: Vanarama National League

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Wrexham head back on the road for the first of back-to-back away fixtures beginning with a trip to the North-East to take on Hartlepool United.

Form

The Dragons were last in action last Saturday when Maidstone United visited the Cae Ras, with Bryan Hughes' side running out 1-0 victors. Ben Tollitt finished superbly during the final game of his loan spell to hand maximum points to Wrexham. It saw Hughes' side bounce back from a hugely disappointing 1-3 home defeat to Barrow in which Kieron Kennedy notched his first goal. Last time out on the road Wrexham fell to a 1-0 narrow loss to title rivals Leyton Orient.

Hartlepool, on the other hand, have mixed form as of late with one win in their last six games with their last match ending in a goalless draw away at Barnet. The last time that the Pools ran out at Victoria Park was against Dover Athletic where going into injury time the score was locked at 2-2 before a last-minute Luke Molyneux goal won it for the home side. 

Key Players

Wrexham have brought in two new players to the squad this week who could also be handed debuts pending international clearance. Norwich City striker Anthony Spyrou signed on loan and arrives with a solid goalscoring record in the PL2. He could make his senior debut on Saturday and will be looking to make an impact from the off. Meanwhile a day later Kemy Agustein joined on a permanent deal having last played for Barrow. The Dutch midfielder has scored twice in ten games for the Cumbrians and will now be looking for success in North Wales.

Defender Fraser Kerr recently made the switch across from Gateshead with whom his final game came against Wrexham last month. Kerr is an experienced player who after plying his trade in Scotland made a move to the Heed in 2017 and since signing for Pools he's been a regular in the side.

Head to Head

We last met back in October at the Racecourse where ten-man Hartlepool fell to a 1-0 loss thanks to Luke Young's long-range effort wriggling past goalkeeper Scott Loach to hand Wrexham victory. We last travelled to Victoria Park in January 2018 where Scott Quigley marked his debut with a brace. Hartlepool's last win over the Dragons came 13 years ago in 2006 when both sides were in League Two.

Team News

Wrexham will be without Manny Smith who remains sidelined whilst Luke Summerfield and Mark Carrington returned to training. Brad Walker remains out of action.

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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