MATCH PREVIEW | Leyton Orient v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 07 Mar 2019

Leyton Orient v Wrexham

Date: 09/03/2019

Kick-Off: 12:35

Location: Brisbane Road

Competition: Vanarama National League

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Bryan Hughes' Wrexham make their way to the English capital for a lunch-time kick-off live on BT Sport as the Dragons look to overcome title rivals Leyton Orient.


Wrexham come in to the game under an unbeaten manager in Hughes, who's first five games have resulted in four wins and a last minute leveller. Last time out we played host to Chesterfield where Akil Wright's header from a sumptuous Luke Young cross was the difference. Beforehand we travelled to Gateshead where Cole Stockton's 93rd minute equalider took a point back to North Wales. Wrexham are now without a loss since January 19th.

As for Orient, they were in midweek action last making the difficult trip to Holker Street where they met Barrow. Goals from Sam Ling, Jay Simpson and former red Jordan Maguire-Drew put the O's 3-0 up going into the final 20 minutes before the Bluebirds pulled back two in less than five minutes to crank the pressure up on the visitors, but Orient held on for the victory. That win gave them back-to-back wins after losing to Maidenhead United and getting a point at Hartlepool United.

Key Players

Wrexham midfielder Luke Young has really impressed since having a run of starts in the side in recent weeks. Young's assist on Saturday was a thing of beauty with a pinpoint cross to find Akil Wright - a midfielder who himself is in some really good form. Young's ability from dead balls whilst providing energy in midfield has been key for the Dragons in recent week, especially with the absence of Luke Summerfield.

As for Orient, Maguire-Drew will be looking to haunt his former club having signed for the O's in January from Brighton & Hove Albion. The former Dagenham & Redbridge forward made 17 Wrexham appearances scoring three times before returning from his loan spell early with his final game coming against his future club. Since making his Brisbane Road switch has bagged three goals in his opening six games, including two in his last two.

Head to Head

This Saturday is our third meeting of the season having played once in the National League as well as in the Buildbase FA Trophy. In the league goals from Macauley Bonne and James Brophy sealed a 2-0 win for the O's at the Racecourse Ground, whilst Matt Harrold's penalty knocked Wrexham out of the Trophy.

Team News

Wrexham will be without Manny Smith, Mark Carrington and Luke Summerfield who remain sidelined with injury whilst Bobby Grant has recovered. New signing Jermaine McGlashan joined on loan from Swindon Town and could feature depending on International Clearance. 

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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