Wrexham v Gateshead
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham return to the Racecourse Ground for the second time in a week where once again the visitors arrive from the north-east, this time in the form of Gateshead.
The Dragons were last in action on Tuesday night at the Cae Ras where Hartlepool United were the visitors. The Dragons made it hard for themselves but came away with a 1-0 win over United who had a man sent off before the break. Samuel Rickets’ side created opportunities early on and the pressure told as some individual brilliance from Luke Young gave the Dragons that vital goal. Five minutes before half-time, Pools skipper Andrew Davies was shown a straight red card for a needless head-butt on Stuart Beavon. However, down to ten men it was the visitors who found their groove in the second period and put plenty of pressure on the Wrexham defence but couldn’t find a breakthrough. Before Tuesday we travelled to Chesterfield where Brad Walker's penalty was cancelled out in stoppage time by Jonathan Smith. The reds remain unbeaten at home this season and have not lost in eight games in all competitions.
Gateshead will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend having lost to AFC Fylde at Mill Farm on Tuesday. It looked as if the game would be goalless until Danny Rowe scored three minutes in to injury time to send the Heed packing. Gateshead currently occupy the final play-off spot having won three on the bounce before Tuesday.
Wrexham midfielder Luke Young will be pleased with his scoring form in recent weeks having grabbed his third goal of the campaign this week, but elsewhere he’s provided lots of energy and been an integral part of Ricketts’ squad. Having been hampered by injury at the beginning of the season he’s worked his way back in and become one of the first names on the teamsheet.
For Gateshead, a former Dragon is within their ranks in the form of striker Scott Boden. The former Macclesfield forward spent last season here at the Cae Ras and will be hoping to net against his former side, having done so just three times last year. He’s already surpassed that ratio having grabbed double that amount for his new side within 16 games this term.
We last met back in January at the International Stadium where both sides played out a drab goalless draw on a cold evening in the North-East, whilst last season at the Racecourse it was debutant Alex Reid who stole the show as he came on to net and win the match for his new side. We first met back in 2010 where it was the Heed who took the points at the International Stadium, whilst our first game at the Cae Ras ended 0-0. We've faced eachother 20 times in the last eight years with Wrexham coming out on top nine times, Gateshead with six and the rest ending in five draws.
Wrexham midfielder Luke Summerfield could return to action ahead of the weekend whilst Mark Carrington - who missed out on Tuesday - will also be looked at.
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