Wrexham v Hartlepool United
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Tuesday night lights are back as the reds return to the Racecourse Ground following the reletively short hop across to Derbyshire on the weekend.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of late heartache against Chesterfield on Saturday. Brad Walker netted his first Dragons goal on 20 minutes from the penalty spot, his calm finish lit the fuse of an away end just yards behind the goal with 1,520 Wrexham supporters crancking up the noise further as their side went ahead. However, the second half saw the Spireites continue to push for a leveller and as the board for added time was raised Jonathan Smith nipped in at the back post to head an equaliser and share the points. Beforehand Wrexham made their way to the Emirates FA Cup First Round proper by winning their first game in the competition for four years. They met Harrogate in a replay at the Racecourse where Akil Wright grabbed his first goal before Luke Young sealed it from the edge of the box. The Dragons are currently unbeaten at the Cae Ras and haven't lost in seven games in all competitions.
Hartlepool United meanwhile will be looking to get back to winning ways having lost on the weekend to Sutton United at Victoria Park. The Monkey Hangers had fallen behind initially to an Aswad Thomas strike before levelling and taking the lead through Niko Muir and Liam Noble. However, the lead lasted 13 minutes as Tom Bolorinwa grabbed a goal before it was won by Craig Eastmond. The Pools are also through to the FA Cup First Round when they faced Kidsgrove Athletic in the North-East. Muir's effort on eight minutes was the difference between the sides in the Fourth Qualifying Round.
Wrexham midfielder Luke Young has put in some superb performences in recent weeks and has added to his goal tally in the process. Having hit a wonderful strike against Dagenham & Redbridge a few weeks ago he added another great long range effort against Harrogate. Against Chesterfield he came close testing the 'keeper and created a host of chances, providing energy and creativity to the Dragons midfield.
For United, midfielder Liam Noble has scored seven goals this term and is proving to be a real assett at Victoria Park. The former Sunderland trainee has spent time in the EFL with Carlisle United and Notts County whilst he's also won promotion from the National League with Forest Green Rovers. His stellar displays haven't gone unnoticed by those in blue and white and has become a firm fans favourite at Hartlepool.
Last time out Wrexham sealed three points at Victoria Road when Scott Quigley’s brace was the difference between the two sides back in January.
Our first ever meeting came on August 27th 1921 with Hartlepool (or Hartlepools as they were known) running out 2-0 winners. Our first ever trip to Victoria Park came a week later on September 3rd where Wrexham this time took the spoils in a 1-0 win. This fixture is notable for some incredible scorelines with to many 6-0’s, 5-3’s, 5-0’s etc to mention! But two games stand out in particular. In January 1933 Wrexham hammered the Pools 8-1 at the Racecourse, and that seemed like it would never be beaten.
However, in March 1962 a rampant Wrexham ran out 10-1 victors whilst making history for the first ever Football League match to have three different hatrick scorers! Finally, Juan Ugarte bagged five goals against United back in 2005 in a spectacular 4-6 Wrexham win in the North-East.
Wrexham defender Manny Smith remains sidelined but has made progress in recent weeks whilst Mark Carrington was forced off at half-time on Saturday. Luke Summerfield, who himself was brought off at the break seven days previous will be looked at ahead of Tuesday. Chris Holroyd and Shaun Pearson returned to the side on Saturday having missed games recently.
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