MATCH PREVIEW | Wrexham v Stockport County

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 29 Aug 2019

Wrexham v Stockport County

Date: 31/08/2019

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: My Racecourse

Competition: Vanarama National League

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After a six year hiatus following relegation to the National League North - Stockport return to the Racecourse in a league fixture once more to re-ignite the old flame.


Wrexham come into this one on the back of a bitterly dissapointing bank holiday match-up with Hartlepool United at Victoria Park. Akil Wright initially gave the Dragons the lead before conceeding moments later in the first half. Two quickfire goals from the home side at the start of the second half made it 3-1 before Bobby Grant converted a penalty. Hartlepool however rounded it off with a fourth to seal the game. Our last game in North Wales came against Barnet where JJ Hooper's smart lob wasn't enough in a 1-1 draw.

Stockport have enjoyed a good start back to life in non-league's top tier sitting seventh in the league standings. Last time out they played host to Chesterfield where goals from Elliott Osbourne and Nyal Bell confirmed three points. It was the perfect way to respond to defeat at Eastleigh two days beforehand for Jim Gannon's side.

Key Players

Wrexham midfielder Akil Wright returned to the side after a spell on the sidelines recently and opened his account with a long range effort at Hartlepool on Monday. Goals have flowed nicely for the 23-year old who broke his duck last season, eventually notching six goals in all competitions. After illness over the summer he returned against Notts County before making his first start this week.

Midfielder Osbourne has already scored three goals in the National League so far this year made six starts and a substitute appearance thus far. Aged 23, the midde-man began life with Nantwich before being plucked out of non-league by Fleetwood - a career point he shares with Wrexham's key player in Wright - before moving on to Southport and then County having had an initial loan spell at Edgely Park.

Head to Head

This is our first meeting since an FA Trophy tie back in 2015 which following a 2-2 draw went to a replay at the Racecourse Ground. Wrexham came out on top back in North Wales with a 6-1 thumping on route to Wembley. Our last league game was in February 2013 with Wrexham running out 3-1 victors thanks to goals from Joe Clarke, Danny Wright and Rob Ogleby. 

Our first meeting in the Football League came all the way back in February in 1922, in Greater Manchester. The game ended 0-0 as did the return match a month later at the Racecourse Ground. We had to wait another four years when Wrexham won 2-1 in 1926 for the first goal between the two sides. 

Team News

Wrexham are still without centre-half Manny Smith who remains injured whilst Jake Lawlor will begin his suspension after being sent-off at Hartlepool. 

Keep Up

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.

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