PREVIEW | Aldershot Town v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 23 Nov 2017

Aldershot Town v Wrexham

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: Recreation Ground

Competition: Vanarama National League

Following three wins on the spin the Dragons took top spot during the week and will now look to maintain their place as we travel to promotion rivals Aldershot Town. The top scorers of the league come up against the division's best defence, so it's set to be a cracker.

The Dragons sit pretty at the top of the Vanarama National League for the first time since early 2013 following three impressive victories on the trot. On Tuesday night Paul Rutherford scored his first goal at the Racecourse to seal a hard-fought 1-0 win over relegation strugglers Solihull Moors and with Dover Athletic losing away to Dagenham & Redbridge, Dean Keates' side took over at the top. Ahead of the midweek clash we faced Ebbsfleet United at home where Chris Holroyd's brace was enough to take maximum points following up a superb 1-0 away win in the Cross-Border Derby 10 days previous. 

Our hosts for the weekend Aldershot come into the game on the back of an impressive 2-0 victory away at Hartlepool United with Bernard Mensah and Jim Kellerman netting at the end of each half to take three points back to Hampshire. Gary Waddock's side were left frustrated on Tuesday night as their trip to Hayes Lane to face Bromley was called off due to an electrical fault, however it's left them with more time to prepare for this weekend. The Shots come into the game with back-to-back wins, a great way to bounce back from being dumped out of the FA Cup 5-0 by Shrewsbury Town at the beginning of November.

Wrexham winger Paul Rutherford put in a superb man of the match appearance on Tuesday against Solihull and has finally shaken off his Racecourse hoodoo by grabbing himself a goal. The former Southport and Barrow midfielder played out of his skin in midweek which followed up an impressive performance against Ebbsfleet last weekend. With seven assists to his name he has been one of the most valuable members of the side this season and with his first goal of the campaign will be looking to chip in with a few more as the promotion push continues. Meanwhile, Alex Reid could play his last game for the club before returning to parent club Fleetwood Town. After a great start, he has been without a goal since our trip to Boreham Wood on August 28th, and the 22-year old forward will be looking to finish on a high.

Aldershot Town are alongside Dagenham the highest goalscorers of the National League thus far, and know they will have to be at their very best to break down the Wrexham defence. Shamir Fenelon is the Shots' top scorer this season with five goals to his name but will be looking to rediscover his scoring touch after an explosive start. He bagged a goal in each of the first three games of the season but has stagnated at times. However, he scored his fifth of the season two weeks ago against AFC Fylde and will be looking to come up trumps for his side this weekend.

We've met on a number of occasions over the years when taking on the old Aldershot FC, but since reforming in 1992 it took us 21 years to finally face off. Our first meeting against the old club came in 1961, a goalless draw at the Recreation Ground. Our first meeting at the Racecourse came a month later with the Reds running out 3-1 victors.

After meeting regularly throughout the 1960's, 70's and 80's we faced off in March 1991 for the final time, where the Shots would take the spoils in a 3-2 win in Hampshire. However, with financial turmoil, the club was wound up and it would be over two decades until we met again, when Aldershot Town were relegated from League Two in 2013.

The first meeting with the new club came at the Rec with the visitors running out 2-0 winners. Our first win over the reformed side came in 2014, with Joe Clarke and Jay Harris netting in a 2-1 win. Last time we met was at the Cae Ras, Scott Rendell and Jim Kellerman's second-half strikes decided the game. 

There have been plenty of high scoring affairs between the two sides, with Wrexham scoring four goals on five occasions (1964, 1965, 1975, 1986 & 1990) whilst Aldershot have battered Wrexham on a number of occasions including 5-0 (1964), 5-1 (1973) and 6-0 (1985).

Wrexham defender James Jennings has been out of the last two games having been forced off away to Chester FC just over two weeks ago and may well miss this weekend. James Hurst has been out for some time but returned to the bench against Solihull Moors and came on in stoppage time to see out the win. 

Can't make it to the Recreation Ground? You can follow the game with FREE live commentary on Calon FM, the TuneIn app, 105fm or online. 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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