Wrexham v Braintree Town
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
Match-Day Guide: Click Here
Bryan Hughes' Wrexham side come into this weekend's game with the sole intention of re-launching their league form going into the final leg of the campaign.
Wrexham come into the game on the end of back-to-back defeats and will be looking at ending that poor run this weekend. Last weekend at Ebbsfleet the home side took a 3-0 lead into the break in what was a dreadful first half for the reds. After a triple substitution at the break the Dragons pulled it back to 3-2 through Stuart Beavon and Shaun Pearson, however, a fourth sucker punch from the Fleet put an end to any dramatics at the last. A week previous we travelled to Hartlepool United where a sloppy penalty was conceded in the first half from Wrexham in which Josh Hawkes tucked away, which ended up being the difference. Last time Wrexham took three points was in our last home match, a 1-0 win over Maidstone United curtsy of Ben Tollitt's strike.
As for Braintree, despite winning last weekend their fate was sealed and will be competing in the National League South. Goals from Korrey Henry and Alfie Cerulli ensured the Iron wouldn't go down without a fight, but the three points weren't enough and were relegated from non-league's top tier. It was a victory following defeat seven days previous where Kodi Lyons-Foster and Mohammed Ali Sagaf's goals weren't enough in a 4-2 loss to Bromley.
Wrexham striker Jason Oswell returned to the side off the bench last week and made an impact when partnered with Stuart Beavon up top. The former Stockport County forward has yet to score for Wrexham but will be keen to get off the mark at the most crucial point of the season whilst grabbing himself a place in the starting XI.
Among the Iron ranks is former Wrexham midfielder Iffy Allen who signed for Braintree in January. Having scored on his debut in a 4-0 win over Barnet he's had a good run in the team totalling 11 appearances thus far. During his Wrexham days he made seven appearances at the end of the 2016/17 as part of the new recruits to steady the ship under Dean Keates.
We've met on a number of occasions in the National League over the last decade or so, with the last game coming back in September. With the game locked at 0-0 it took Shaun Pearson's 66th-minute header to give Wrexham the lead and subsequently three points. Our last Racecourse meeting came in November 2016 where Michael Cheek's goal sealed a 1-0 win for the Iron.
Wrexham midfielder Luke Summerfield is continuing his progress back into the side whilst Brad Walker will miss out. Manny Smith remains sidelined.
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.