Wrexham v Leyton Orient
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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The Dragons are back at the Racecourse Ground in what has been an eagerly anticipated match for some weeks. Wrexham and Leyton Orient are both fighting it out for top spot alongside Salford City in the early months of the National League campaign and this weekend's game could be key when it comes to the end of the season.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw away to Maidstone United last weekend. Simon Walton’s excellent second half strike gave the Stones the lead having ridden a first half storm and grown into the game after the break. However, Brad Walker – who had been brought on as a substitute four minutes earlier – rifled an effort in from 30-yards which deflected past Grant Smith to earn the Dragons a point in Kent.
The draw now sees Wrexham without a defeat in eleven games in all competitions whilst Samuel Ricketts’ side remain unbeaten at the Racecourse during the 2018/19 campaign. Last time we were in action at the Cae Ras three weeks ago as we played host to Gateshead. An own goal, Brad Walker header and Rekeil Pyke strike sealed three points in a 3-1 win over the Heed.
As for Orient, they’re on an unbeaten run of six National League games without defeat but have recently been knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup at home to Maidstone United. They’re last defeat came at home to Sutton United in September but away from home they boast an impressive unbeaten season so far.
Last time out they took on Bromley at Brisbane Road. After going behind just before half-time, the O’s pulled back a leveler through Jobi McAnuff before Josh Koroma and Macaulay Bonne claimed the points.
For Wrexham, midfielder Walker has been in a rich vein of form having struck three goals in his last four National League matches. On loan from Crewe Alexandra, the 23-year old has been hugely impressive since joining the reds showcasing his ability in the middle of the park.
Macauley Bonne has been key to the success of Orient this season, having so far bagged an impressive 15 goals already this term. The striker joined the club in 2017 from Colchester United and will be looking to replicate last seasons 22, a total he’s well on course to beat. Last time we faced Orient it was Bonne’s header that separated the sides back in April in the English capital.
We last me back in April it was Bonne's header was the difference between the sides at Brisbane Road whilst last time out at the Cae Ras we shared the points as Chris Holroyd's brace was cancelled out by Mark Ellis and that man again Bonne. This is a fixture that dates back to December 1951 and over those years Wrexham have earned 11 victories, Orient have 12 whilst we’ve drawn 11.
Dragons defender Doug Tharme remains sidelined through injury whilst Manny Smith has continued to progress and has resumed training.
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