MATCH PREVIEW | Maidenhead United v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 11 Aug 2018

Maidenhead United v Wrexham

Date: 14/08/2018

Kick-Off: 19:45

Location: York Road

Competition: Vanarama National League

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Following a positive opening trio of games, the reds are back on the road and heading south to face Maidenhead United.


Samuel Ricketts' side were in action on Saturday for the early televised kick-off at home to Boreham Wood. Goals from Jordan Maguire-Drew, Rekeil Pyke and Mike Fondop brushed aside the Wood in North Wales to send the Dragons briefly top of the table. Four days before we played host to AFC Fylde where the game ended in a goalless draw. We began the season away to Dover Athletic where Fondop's outstanding effort was the difference in a 1-0 win.

As for Maidenhead, it's been a slow start to the campaign but they picked up their first point on Saturday. They faced Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Road where they allowed maximum points to slip by late on. Ayo Obileye gave the Magpies the lead on 15 minutes which they took into the break, before disaster struck with Alan Massey being sent off on 66 minutes. A  minute later the Daggers levelled through Alex McQueen. Ten-man Maidenhead overcame the odds by regaining the lead through Nana Owusu on 81 minutes, before three minutes from time Elliott Romain equalised to share the points. It was a disappointing way for United to end their afternoon after back-to-back losses against Gateshead and Solihull Moors.

Key Players

Wrexham forward Rekeil Pyke put in a superb performance on Saturday after coming on as a substitute. The 20-year old grabbed his first senior goal against Boreham Wood before providing a brilliant assist for the reds' third. The youngster has proved to have advanced well since his first spell with Wrexham and will be looking to become a regular on the scoresheet. 

United striker Ryan Bird signed for the Magpies in the summer after grabbing 16 goals for Dover last season. The physical forward made his debut on the opening day of the season and is still waiting for his first goal for his new club. Bird grabbed the winner against Wrexham 12-months ago for Dover at the Crabble and will be looking to kick-start his season properly on Tuesday. 

Head to Head

We've met Maidenhead just twice in our history with both of those games coming last season. The first came in August 2017 at York Road where a Manny Smith brace sealed a 2-1 win. Our last meeting at the Racecourse Ground saw the Dragons run out 2-0 winners with goals from Chris Holroyd and James Jennings in December 2017.

Team News

Ricketts should have a full squad to select, Luke Young and Kevin Roberts were forced off but should be available to feature on Tuesday.

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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