Wrexham v Ayr United
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Tunnock's Caramel Wafter Scottish Challenge Cup
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Wrexham make history this weekend as we compete in the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup for the first time as we meet Scottish Championship side Ayr United.
Wrexham come into this one on the back of a 2-2 draw at home to Maidenhead United on Tuesday night. After Luke Young's own goal put the Dragons behind, before goals from Jason Oswell and Young - redeeming his previous indisgretion - put Wrexham ahead. Moments after taking the lead Josh Smart hit a superb strike into the top corner from the edge of the box to make it 2-2. It leaves Wrexham without a win in four having last been victorious against FC Halifax Town.
Ayr currently sit second in the Scottish second tier with three wins in their opening four matches of the campaign. As well as the league they've been victorious in the cup, beating Berwick Rangers 7-0 in August. In the league they've claimed victories over Partick Thistle, Queen of the South and Greenock Morton whilst losing out to Dundee FC. Following Saturday's game they take on Dundee United in a first v second clash as both sides look for promotion to the Scottish Premier League. A quarter-final defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the play-offs last season put an end to their top tier hope.
Ayr will be a real mystery to almost everybody in the Wrexham ranks but there are a small number of players with experience in the Scottish game. Leighton McIntosh has spent his entire career before signing for the reds in Scotland and facing Ayr on a number of occasions. Mark Carrington played for Hamilton briefly whilst Adam Barton has recently returned from a three year spell with Partick and Dundee United. Jason Oswell has also spent time north of Hadrian's wall.
Attacking midfielder Luke McCowan has hit great form so far this term with the 21-year old bagging five goals in the opening eight games this term. He last scored on Saturday against Partick with a deft chip over the keeper in a 2-3 victory. The young midfielder began his career with the Honest Men and has been having his best start to a season so far in his career.
This is Wrexham's first ever meeting with Ayr United.
Jake Lawlor has been suspended for league matches but is available to compete in this competition whilst Manny Smith remains sidelined through injury.
The Wrexham AFC media team will be bringing you radio commentary of all the pre-season action this summer, free and exclusively on the club’s Mixlr channel. Follow the match live on our social media channels too, and look out for highlights and post-match reaction on the club’s YouTube channel.