Wrexham v Rochdale
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Emirates FA Cup First Round Proper
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Wrexham return to cup action as EFL League One side Rochdale head to North Wales, as both sides look to confirm their place in the second round.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a solid 1-0 victory over top of the table Bromley. Luke Young's sensational second-half strike was the difference as the Dragons ended a run of six league games without a win. Wrexham have played one game in the FA Cup previously this season, beating Chesterfield in a replay at the Racecourse with JJ Hooper scoring the only goal.
Rochdale were last in action on Tuesday night as they played host to League One high flyers Ipswich Town. The Dale came close on a number of occasions at a damp night at Spotland, but Danny Rowe (not that one) grabbed the only goal in the second half. Rochdale have lost their last three league games having last picked up three points in a 2-0 home win over Milton Keynes.
Wrexham utility man Mark Carrington could find himself back in the starting XI at right-back following the ACL injury to James Horsfield. Carrington - who can operate almost anywhere - would be a natural replacement following the loss of the Scunthorpe loanee. No stranger to FA Cup heroics, need we mention 'that goal'?
Rochdale striker Ian Henderson has this week been handed the Sky Bet League One player of the month award for October. The 34-year old forward has been a firm fans favourite during his six years at Spotland and picked up the October honour after grabbing five goals in the opening four games of the month, taking his tally to nine in the league so far this season.
This will be our first competitive meeting since Boxing Day of 2007, where the Dale ran out 2-0 winners at the Racecourse Ground. Glenn Murray - who'd go on to find Premier League fame - opened the scoring on seven minutes before Lee McEvilly haunted his former side to make it 2-0. Our last trip to Spotland was earlier on in December 2007 ending 0-0.
Our last FA Cup meeting occurred 20 years ago this month in November 1999 as Neil Roberts and Craig Faulconbridge brushed the Dale aside at the Cae Ras. This will be the seventh FA Cup meeting between the sides having done so in '99, 1997, 1987, 1986, 1961 and 1934. In those previous six ties, all of them have been decided during the initial game, with Wrexham winning every one of them.
Manny Smith remains out with injury whilst James Horsfield is unavailable after last weekend's win over Bromley. JJ Hooper will be assessed. Shaun Pearson returned to the side following a tight hamstring last Saturday.
The Wrexham AFC media team will be bringing you radio commentary of all the pre-season action this summer, free and exclusively on the club’s Mixlr channel. Follow the match live on our social media channels too, and look out for highlights and post-match reaction on the club’s YouTube channel.