Wrexham v Havant & Waterlooville
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham make their way into October well within the mix at the right end of the table and welcome the new month with a first ever meeting with Havant & Waterlooville.
The Dragons come into the game on the back of an impressive 1-0 win over Barnet last Saturday. Stuart Beavon's calm finish in first half stoppage time was the difference between the sides in a close encounter that had Wrexham defending well until the last knockings. It came after two games without a victory as Samuel Ricketts' side drew 0-0 with Harrogate Town and lost 3-0 to Sutton United.
As for Havant, they've failed to win in their last five matches with their last victory coming over a month ago. It's been a difficult start to life in non-league's top tier for Lee Bradbury's Hawks who currently occupy the final relegation spot. Last time out they met Solihull Moors at West Leigh Park where Adi Yussuf's 93rd minute winner shattered any hopes of taking a point from the game. Their last victory came against Aldershot Town where Theo Lewis and Paul Robinson netted in a 2-1 victory, their second of the season.
Wrexham forward Stuart Beavon grabbed his third goal of the season on Saturday but it's other contributions that have caught the eye of those watching. The experienced 34-year old arrived on loan from Coventry City in the summer and has impressed with clever experienced play out wide and helped craft a host of oppurtunities for those around him. He's shown great class already this season and could be a vital part of Wrexham's promotion push.
As for Havant, they boast a number of former Football League talents in their side, including that of striker Nicke Kabamba. The 25-year old rose through the non-league ranks at the likes of Uxbridge, Hayes and Burnham before hitting the net regularly for Hampton & Richmond in the National League South. That earned him and team mate Jamal Lowe a move to League Two side Portsmouth where pair helped earn the title on the final day. But with only a handful of appearances, Kabamba was loaned out to Colchester United and Aldershot Town before landing with the Hawks. So far this term he's bagged a good return of five in 14 games.
This weekend's game will be the first meeting between the two sides. Havant & Waterlooville were formed 20 years ago when the two areas on the outskirts of Portsmouth, Havant and of course Waterlooville FC, merged. They've competed in regional football their entire history and in 2016 were relegated to the Southern Premier League. However, back to back promotions has found the Hawks playing in their highest level to date. They are also of course famous for a brilliant FA Cup run in 2008, reaching the fifth round and facing Liverpool at Anfield, leading twice before falling to a 5-2 defeat.
Wrexham defender Manny Smith remains sidelined through injury whilst manager Ricketts' will inspect James Jennings and Rekeil Pyke ahead of the weekend.
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