Wrexham v Dover Athletic
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham return to the Racecourse Ground for the first game of 2019 as we play host to a resurging Dover Athletic.
The Dragons come into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Salford City on New Year's Day. Goals from Matt Green and Rory Gaffney either side of half-time sealed three points for the Ammies as Wrexham couldn't find a way to break down the home side. It followed a tremendous 1-0 home victory over Solihull Moors with Paul Rutherford's goal the difference which made it back to back victories having inflicted a demolishion job on Salford on Boxing Day. Shaun Pearson, Akil Wright, Brad Walker, Ben Tollitt and Chris Holroyd rounding off a tremendous 5-1 win.
Dover have struggled so far this season but in recent times have made their way up the National League and out of the relegation zone. The Whites were last in action earlier this week with a trip to the Gallagher Stadium to face Maidstone United. With the game remaining goalless going into the final moments Jamie Allen finally broke the deadlock with four minutes to go to hand victory to Dover. They had just days before eanred a respectable 0-0 draw with table-toppers Leyton Orient as well as seen off Maidstone on Boxing Day 3-1 at the Crabble.
Wrexham forward Bobby Grant made his loan from Fleetwood Town permenant earlier this week signing a deal until the end of the current campaign. The popular wide man has impressed since arriving at the beginning of December scoring once thus far in a 2-0 win over Eastleigh and has shown real ability during his time so far.
As for Dover, winger Ricky Modeste recently re-joined the side having spent a year with big-spenders Billericay Town. Modeste 22 goals in 150 games out wide for the Whites and will be a welcome addition to the side as they fight to maintain their place in the National League this season. With Billericay he earned promotion to the National League South but with the side looking to let players leave the club he was snapped up by Andy Hessenthaler.
We've met on a few occasions during our time in non-league football with the most recent game coming on the opening day of the current campaign. Wrexham travelled to the Crabble having yet to win in that corner of Kent but Mike Fondop's magnificent effort in the first half sealed a 1-0 Dragons win. The last time we faced eachother at the Cae Ras came in December 2017 ending in a 0-0 draw. Dover currently have four wins over Wrexham with the Reds winning once, the other four ended in draws.
Wrexham defender Doug Tharme and striker Rekeil Pyke both remain sidelined through injury.
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