MATCH PREVIEW | Sutton United v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 20 Sep 2018

Sutton United v Wrexham

Date: 21/09/2018

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: My Racecourse

Competition: Vanarama National League

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After a return to the Racecourse last week the reds are back on the road and back heading south where we pay a visit to Gander Green Lane, the home of Sutton United.


Wrexham are currently riding the wave of back to back wins having demolished Ebbsfleet United in a pulsating clash at the Racecourse last weekend. The Dragons took a 4-0 lead into half-time after a flurry of goals in the first 19 minutes from Chris Holroyd, Stuart Beavon and Rekeil Pyke stunned the visitors before Shaun Pearson popped up to head home from a free-kick in stoppage time. Danny Kedwell pulled one back for Ebbsfleet but the damage had been well and truly done in the opening 45. A week previous it was Pearson who scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Braintree Town at Cressing Road.

For Sutton United, they'll have a point to prove on Saturday after their two wins on the bounce were spoiled by a torrid night in midweek. They faced Boreham Wood at Gander Green Lane in what turned out to be a disasterous game for United, who were 2-0 down after just six minutes. It was three after less than 25 minutes before a fourth was added by the Wood in the second half. Previously Sutton had secured wins over Havant & Waterlooville and Maidstone United in the National League as well as a victory over Airdrieonians in the Scottish Irn-Bru Cup, a first for English sides introduced to the competition.

Key Players

Wrexham striker Chris Holroyd returned to the starting XI last weekend as he led the line for his side. He repayed the selection after just five minutes with an brilliant finish. Holroyd's contribution throughout the game was impressive and has put himself in good stead to get himself a run in an ever competative squad. Meanwhile fellow forward Rekeil Pyke netted his third goal of the season last weekend with a tricky finish whilst also bagging an assist, the 20-year old is playing with a whole hoast of confidence.

For Sutton, striker Ross Lafayette has topped the goal scoring charts for the Amber & Chocolate with four so far this season including the winner against Salford City and Maidstone. The 32-year old forward is strong and powerful and also knows where the net is when it comes to Wrexham, having grabbed a stoppage time equaliser at the Racecourse 12-months ago.

Head to Head 

We've met eachother on five occasions before this weekend's match with the first coming on the road to Wembley for Wrexham back in 2013. As Andy Morrell's side marched to the arch they were drawn away to United in our first trip to Gander Green Lane. After two smart saves from Joslain Mayebi, Rob Ogleby opened the floodgates on the half hour mark. Nick Rushton, Johnny Hunt and Joe Clarke followed up and Kevin Thornton sealed a fifth to send Wrexham to the Quarter-Final. 

Our first league game came in September 2016, Sean Newton got the only goal in a 1-0 reds win. Last time out we travelled to the English capital back in March, where Scott Quigley's penalty was cancelled out by Simon Weaver's effort early in the second half. In this fixture Wrexham have two wins, Sutton have one and we've drawn the other three, with Wrexham having not won in our last three attempts against United.

Team News

Wrexham defender Manny Smith remains sidelined through injury but other than that Samuel Ricketts should have a full squad to choose from.

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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