MATCH PREVIEW | Wrexham v AFC Fylde

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 05 Aug 2018

Wrexham v AFC Fylde

Date: 07/08/2018

Kick-Off: 19:45

Location: My Racecourse

Competition: Vanaram National League

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After kicking off the 2018/19 National League campaign on Saturday, Wrexham finally return home to the Racecourse for the first time this term and it's under those famous lights.

Form

Wrexham come into the game on the back of the long trip to Dover on Saturday. Having not won a game against the Kent side in our previous eight attempts the Dragons finally ended the hoodoo in spectacular style amidst the baking hot sunshine. Mike Fondop has already made himself a firm fans favourite over the summer and on 29 minutes he converted a Luke Summerfield cross in spectacular style - an unorthodox overhead kick. In stoppage time in the first half the home side were awarded a gift to equalise after Akil Wright brought down Inih Effiong in the box, but the latter couldn't level from the spot as debutant Rob Lainton saved low to his right. The Reds saw out the game to win 1-0 and send home the 312 who travelled from North Wales happy. 

AFC Fylde also got the season started with winning ways as last seasons top marksman handed the Coasters three points against Bromley. Andy Bond gave them the lead seconds before half-time before Jordan Higgs levelled on 63 minutes. But the Ravens were level for just five minutes as star striker Danny Rowe grabbed the winner which could be an early contender for goal of the season.

Key Players

Wrexham midfielder Summerfield will be more than happy with getting his first assist of the season having teed up Fondop for the crucial goal on Saturday. The midfielder has more than impressed over the summer and his clever play on Saturday was evident throughout. Of course Dragons forward Fondop has a sensational record so far for Wrexham grabbing his first competitive goal and he'll be looking to replicate it in front of the home support.

Fylde forward Rowe is an obvious threat with not just his strength as a key asset but a deadly eye for goal. He scored 28 goals for the Coasters last season and grabbed the winner against Bromley on Saturday. With plenty of EFL interest in the forward he's kept loyal to Fylde and will be looking to achieve another play-off position minimum this year.

Head to Head

Wrexham have met Fylde on three occasions in our history with the entire trio of matches coming last season.The first was in the FA Cup as Rowe's effort on 37 minutes sent the Coasters through to the first round. The second game came ten days later once again at Mill Farm as former red Jonny Smith and Jack Muldoon netted to make it back-to-back wins over Wrexham. We've met just once at the Racecourse which ended in a 0-0 draw, Fylde ending the game with ten-men after Luke Burke was sent-off with four minutes to spare.

Team News

Wrexham forward Chris Holroyd and midfielder Nicky Deverdics missed out on Saturday whilst Rekeil Pyke returned to the side to face Dover Athletic. Holroyd and Deveridcs will be assessed ahead of 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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