Wrexham v Yeovil Town
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
Wrexham return to league action following back to back cup games as Yeovil make their first-ever trip to North Wales for a league encounter.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to EFL League One side Rochdale at Spotland. Former Republic of Ireland defender Paul McShane's early header from a corner was enough to send the Dale through to the FA Cup Second Round. We had previously been up in Glasgow to face Rangers Colts with a 2-0 loss at Ibrox. Our last league game was at the Cae Ras with Luke Young's thunderous volley the difference between ourselves and top-of-the-table Bromley.
Yeovil sit 5th in the National League table but are without a win in their last three matches. They were last in action on Saturday as they played host to Dover Athletic losing out 1-0 to a Scott Doe effort just after the hour mark. The Dover defeat was a follow-up to crashing out of the FA Cup First Round, losing 4-1 at home to Hartlepool.
Wrexham boss Dean Keates could hand debuts to up to three players on Saturday having made a trio of signings during the week. Kieran Kennedy has re-joined the club on loan from Port Vale following a period earlier in 2019 whilst Omari Patrick arrives from Bradford City and Tyler Reid from Swindon Town.
Yeovil striker Rhys Murphy has bagged nine goals so far this season in 17 games and has played a huge roll in maintaining a challenge at the top end of the National League. Murphy signed a 2-year deal over the summer with the 29-year old scoring 25 goals for Chelmsford last term but has failed to score in his last three games.
This is just the second meeting between the two sides and the first-ever league meeting. We faced off in the FA Cup in 2003 with Wrexham in the third tier and Yeovil in the fourth. It was the side in the lower division who ran out winners, 4-1 at Huish Park with Chris Armstrong scoring a late consolation in the 88th minute.
Reid, Kennedy and Patrick could all make their debuts whilst Manny Smith and JJ Hooper are out injured, the latter will be looked at ahead of Saturday's game.
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