Wrexham v Newport County
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Emirates FA Cup, Second Round
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The highly anticipated 'Welsh Debry' is nearly here as North meets South Wales at the Racecourse Ground to determine who will book their place in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup.
Wrexham come into the game without a win in their last three games having most recently played out a goaless draw against Barrow on Tuesday night. Debutant Bobby Grant came the closest for the Dragons when he struck the post before being denied one on one by Bluebirds' keeper Joel Dixon. It came on the back of a 0-2 loss at the Cae Ras against title rivals Leyton Orient last Saturday. Wrexham failed to make a breakthrough before Macauley Bonne netted from a corner then James Brophy sealed the O's victory. To reach the Second Round of the cup Wrexham have had to overcome two opponents thus far. The first was Harrogate who we beat in a replay before a 0-2 win over Weston-super-Mare away from home.
Newport were also in action on Tuesday as they played host to Northampton in Sky Bet League Two. The Exiles moved up to 4th in the division with a 3-1 win. Josh Sheehan, Jamile Matt and Padraig Amond were on the scoresheet to take County to four wins in their last five. Last time they played away from Rodney Parade was last Saturday where struggling Cheltenham Town took the points at Whaddon Road in a 2-1 win where a late goal could only be a consolation for Newport, made worse by the fact that it could have been an equaliser if it weren't for a missed penalty. Newport entered in the first round of the FA Cup this season beating Metropolitan Police away from home.
Wrexham forward Bobby Grant joined on loan from Fleetwood Town last weekend and made his debut on Tuesday coming so close to breaking the deadlock at Holker Street. Grant is available to face Newport this weekend and the 28-year old would love nothing more than to open his Wrexham account on the big stage of a mouth watering cup tie.
As for County, striking duo Matt and Amond have been deadly for Mike Flynn's side having grabbed 19 goals in League Two between them, as well as scoring one each in the previous round against Met Police. Amond has experience against Wrexham having turned out for Grimsby against us in the National League, as well as having played in the same side as Shaun Pearson as Blundell Park. Matt will also have played against Wrexham during the early days of his career at Kidderminster Harriers and has scored goals regularly at Rodney Parade.
We've met on a number of occasions throughout our history with the most recent of games coming five years ago under the arch at Wembley. We competed in the play-off final where late goals from Aaron O'Connor and Christian Jolley sealed a win for the Exiles. Our last league game came at Rodney Parade where goals from Danny Wright for Wrexham and Max Porter resulted in a 1-1 draw with Dragons stopper Joslain Mayebi saving a penalty. Our last meeting at the Cae Ras ended with a 2-0 Wrexham win with goals from Wright and Adrian Cieslewicz in September 2012.
Red's defender Manny Smith has continued his progression to return to the side whilst forward Rekeil Pyke will be ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained on Tuesday. Young defender Doug Tharme remains sidelined.
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