PREVIEW | AFC Fylde v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 12 Oct 2017

AFC Fylde v Wrexham

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: Mill Farm

Competition: Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round

The magic of the FA Cup returns for Wrexham as we travel to AFC Fylde hoping to extend our historic legacy in the worlds oldest and most famous domestic competition.

The Dragons come into the game on the back of some impressive form having now gone unbeaten in their last ten matches. Last time out in front of the BT Sport cameras Dean Keates' side turned the game around having gone a goal down on the stroke of half-time, to seal three points in a 2-1 win. Second half goals from skipper Shaun Pearson and Chris Holroyd extended the streak into double figures and was a superb response to two draws on the spin in previous weeks. Last time out in the FA Cup, Wrexham were stunned in the fourth qualifying round as Northern Premier League Division One South side Stamford dumped the Dragons out in extra-time during a replay at the Racecourse. 

As for Fylde, life in non-league's top tier hasn't been easy as they take a break from National League action on the back of just one win in their last eight matches. Last Saturday they fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Sutton United and when it comes to home form Fylde have won just once at Mill Farm all season, coming back in August as they ran out 1-0 winners over Barrow. The Coasters' last match in the FA Cup came in the third qualifying round as they made an early exit with Alfreton Town going through with a 1-0 win.

Wrexham may give a run out to some of our younger players and those who could benefit from more minutes under the belt, including midfielder Leo Smith who is returning from injury. After an outstanding pre-season young Smith has had his season hindered by injury trouble and has featured just six times. Looking to impress the boss and make a case to start in what is a very competitive side, this weekend could be a great opportunity.

Fylde striker Danny Rowe has made a number of headlines over the last year or so, having bagged 47 goals in the National League North last term. The former Lincoln City and Stockport County forward has six to his name so far this season and will be looking to fire his side up the table with the Coasters currently sitting in 19th. Fylde currently houses three ex-Wrexham players in their squad including goalkeeper Rhys Taylor, midfielder Sam Finley and winger Jonny Smith.

This weekend Wrexham and Fylde meet for the first time in each other's history and will meet for the first time in the league 10 days later once again at Mill Farm.

Wrexham will be without goalkeeper Luke Coddington who's loan has expired and has returned to Northampton Town, whilst fellow 'keeper Christian Dibble remains sidelined with a back injury.

Can't make it to the Mill Farm? You can follow the game with FREE live commentary on Calon FM, now also via our Mixlr channel and Mixlr app or the TuneIn app to listen. You can also access live text commentary on Twitter @Wrexham_AFC. Following the game, you can catch our highlights on YouTube - 'Wrexham AFC'.

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