Macclesfield Town v Wrexham
Location: Moss Rose, Macclesfield.
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
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As pre-season begins to come to an end before the National League campaign gets underway, we make one last away trip to Cheshire to take on Macclesfield Town.
The Dragons come into the game on the back of a trip to Shropshire on Saturday where we faced off against AFC Telford United. Sam Ricketts' side fell to their first defeat of the summer as Mike Fondop's goal - making it four in four for the new striker - wasn't enough in a 3-1 loss. Beforehand we faced Bangor City at Nantporth drawing 2-2, a result that mirrored the week before against Louletano DC at the Estadio Algarve.
Macclesfield last ran out on Saturday where they faced a difficult test with Premier League Burnley the opposition at the Moss Rose. Goals from Aaron Lennon and Johann Berg Gudmundsson saw the Clarets grab the win in a good test for each side. The match followed a 1-0 loss to Altrincham and 5-1 win over Ashton.
Reds midfielder Luke Young has impressed over pre-season so far and bedded in well since signing from Torquay United this summer. The Dragons middle-man has fitted in well with the squad and already shown his tenacious ability in the tackle and the capacity to pick a pass well. Meanwhile Chris Holroyd was back to scoring ways against Bangor City and Fondop now has four goals in his first four appearances in a Wrexham shirt.
For Macclesfield, they've recently acquired two new signings who've both played a part at the Racecourse Ground wearing the famous red shirt. Goalkeeper Rhys Taylor re-joined the Silkmen for a second spell and made his first appearance on Saturday against Burnley. Taylor spent time on loan at the Cae Ras from Newport County during the 2015/16 season. Another former red who's recently signed is James Pearson who also had a loan spell, this time from Leicester City in 2014/15.
We've met Macclesfield on a number of occasions over the years in both Football League, Non-League and cup football. Last season the Silkmen took the National League title and did the double over ourselves in the process. A 1-0 win on the opening day at the Racecourse and a 4-1 win on a frozen afternoon in Cheshire. Wrexham's last win in this match came in October 2014 in an FA Cup replay, smashing the Silkmen 5-2, but Macc remain a bit of a 'bogey' side for Wrexham, having won just one league game in the last 16 years.
Wrexham were without Christian Dibble, Rob Lainton, Shaun Pearson, Rekeil Pyke and Nicky Deverdics on Saturday but some could return in midweek, whilst Kevin Roberts returned to full-fitness on the weekend having missed Bangor City and Louletano DC.
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