Wrexham v Eastleigh
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham reach the half way stage in the Vanarama National League where Graham Barrow's side host Eastleigh at the Racecourse.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a dramatic but goaless Emirates FA Cup tie with Newport County last weekend. Stuart Beavon and Bobby Grant both came close to grabbing the winner if it wasn't for the heroics of goalkeeper Jamie Day and defender Mickey Dimetriou. Interim manager Barrow took the side and will be dissapointed that we'll have to travel to Rodney Parade for a replay having played so well only to be denied by some outstanding last ditch defending. Our last league game came at Barrow, which also ended 0-0. Grant made his debut at Holker Street hitting the post from a header, which was the closest either side came to winning the game.
As for Eastleigh they were in National League action last weekend against Dover having been knocked out of the competition by Hampton & Richmond Borough in the 4th Qualifying Round. Ben Williamson put the Spitfires in front at the Silverlake after just two minutes before Innih Effiong leveled midway through the first half. The visitors turned the game on it's head 11 minutes into the second half through Jai Reason before Paul McCallum earned the home side a point with four minutes to spare. The last time Eastleigh were on the road they were at Maidstone United where Joey Jones (no, not that one) and McCallum netted to win 1-3.
Wrexham skipper Shaun Pearson has this week signed a new 2-and-a-half year deal to keep him at the Cae Ras until 2021. The defender has been a giant for the Dragons as a leader both on and off the field and will be key for his side whilst a new manager is looked for. Pearson has commited himself along with assistant manager Graham Barrow with both looking to reach the goal of taking Wrexham to the EFL.
As for Eastleigh, Paul McCallum has three goals in his last two games which has taken him to a total of 12 goals so far this season. The former West Ham United trainee bagged one against Wrexham back in August and has certainly found form with the Spitfires this term.
We've already met this season back in August where Wrexham took all three points back to North Wales. Manny Smith opened the scoring with a header before Alex Wynter headed the ball into his own net putting Wrexham 2-0 up within 13 minutes. McCallum pulled one back before a fantastic individual goal from Mike Fondop wrapped it up for Wrexham. Last time we faced at the Racecourse it ended 2-1 to Wrexham in a dramatic finale. Ben Williamson gave Eastleigh the lead in front of the BT Sport cameras before Shaun Pearson replied in the second half with a bullet header. With just over 10 minutes to play Chris Holroyd grabbed a goal to win it for the Reds.
Defender Manny Smith returned to the match-day squad as an unused substitute last weekend whilst Doug Tharme and Rekeil Pyke remain sidelined.
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