Maidstone United v Wrexham
Location: Gallagher Stadium
Competition: Vanarama National League
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After progressing through to the Emirates FA Cup Second Round on Sunday the Dragons are back to the bread and butter of National League football.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a professional and controlled performence against Weston-super-Mare on Rememberance Sunday. Goals from Luke Summerfield and Stuart Beavon sealed the tie against a spirited Seagulls side and earned the Reds a Welsh Derby in Round Two against Newport County. Last time in the league we took on Gateshead at the Racecourse where an own goal, Brad Walker header and calm finish from Rekeil Pyke sealed a 3-1 victory to send Wrexham to the top of the league, four days on from Luke Young's long ranger seperating us against Hartlepool United.
As for Maidstone United, they also progressed to the second round having faced Sky Bet League Two side Macclesfield Town. Goals from Jack Powell and Blair Turgott turned the tie on it's head to send the Stones through. As for their league form, they've lifted themselves out of the bottom four after a torrid start to the campaign. They were last in action at the Hive as Turgott and Gold Omotayo sealed a 2-0 win over Barnet, just days after a 1-1 draw with Ebbsfleet United, meaning they are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions.
Wrexham defender Jake Lawlor has continued with his consistent and solid performences as part of the Dragons back four. The 27-year old arrived from Salford City on transfer deadline day but had hardly played in 2018. Lawlor quickly regained his sharpness and has improved week on week and established a great partnership with Reds' skipper Shaun Pearson, slotting in well within the back four that has been so solid both this season and last.
As for the Stones, 24-year old midfielder has been a shining light in Harry Wheeler's side with a fantastic 11 goals in 17 games in all competitions. The former West Ham United trainee has really hit the ground running since joining in the summer on a permenant basis from Boreham Wood after a short stint on loan at the Gallagher Stadium.
We've met a number of times in the Football League before Maidstone's demise in the early 1990's. Since then it took until 2014 for us to meet, coming in the FA Cup Second Round. The Dragons ran out 3-1 victors at the Cae Ras before the Stones achieved double promotions from the Southern Premier and National League South. Last time we faced eachother was back in March where Shaun Pearson's goal was the difference in a 1-0 victory. Last time we visited the Gallagher it was the Stones who won in an afternoon filled with controversy. The bottom line though was a 3-1 United win with Alex Reid's goal being cancelled out by Joe Piggott and Alex Wynter.
Wrexham defender Manny Smith remains sidelined along with youngster Doug Tharme. There are no new injury or suspensions for Samuel Ricketts.
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