Wrexham v FC Halifax Town
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham return to home soil this Tuesday for the first game at the Racecourse under the floodlights, and the Dragons are looking to get back on track whilst simultaneously trashing Halifax's 100% win record this term.
Wrexham come into the game with a varied start to the new campaign - a win, a draw and a loss. On the opening day of the season they turned the game around against Barrow in North Wales with JJ Hooper and Bobby Grant grabbing goals before the first of two long trips. Against Boreham Wood on Tuesday the reds took a 2-0 lead through Mark Harris and Grant before two goals in the last seven minutes including a leveller in stoppage time meant Bryan Hughes' side took just a point back home. On Saturday we made our longest journey of the campaign to face Dover. After kick-off was delayed because of heavy traffic Wrexham couldn't wait to get on the coach, and they began brightly taking the lead via Harris. However, Grant was sent off just before half time and in the second period Ricky Modeste scored before a Shaun Pearson own goal in stoppage time handed Wrexham a crushing late blow.
Halifax have had a sensational start to the season with three wins in as many National League matches. They started the season with a trip to Ebbsfleet where they blew the opposition away in a 4-1 win that contained a strike from all of 60 yards from Nathan Clarke. They followed it up with two home wins with the first a 2-0 victory against Hartlepool before Liam McAllinden's effort was the difference against Dagenham.
Wrexham's on loan forward Mark Harris scored twice on the road for the Dragons last week and is now on the hunt for his first home goal. Arriving from Cardiff City in the summer, Harris has had a flying start with two goals in three and linked up particularly well with midfielder Devonte Redmond who provided both passes for the goals at Boreham Wood and Dover.
As for Halifax, captain Matt Brown signed a new two-year deal this weekend meaning he could spend a minimum of seven years total at the Shay. Brown - who's deal has the option of another year - has made over 140 appearances for the club since signing in 2014 and has been more than impressive over the years with the Yorkshire outfit.
Our last meeting came at the Shay Stadium in April with Halifax running out 2-1 victors. Scott Quigley opened the scoring before Chris Holroyd levelled before half-time. It took until stoppage time for Devante Rodney to win it for the home side. Our last meeting at the Cae Ras was last September with the two sides playing out a 0-0 draw.
Goalkeeper Rob Lainton, defender Manny Smith and midfielder Adam Barton remain sidelined whilst Bobby Grant will begin his three-match suspension. Youngsters Jack Thorn and Matty Sargent have been loaned out to Newtown and Airbus respectively.
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.