PREVIEW | ALDERSHOT TOWN V WREXHAM

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 19 Feb 2021

Wrexham travel to Aldershot looking to extend their unbeaten run against a side whose recent form has been hindered by injuries.

The Shots are solidly mid-table, and were it not for a run of one win in five games, against struggling Barnet, the 6-point gap between them and the play-offs would be considerably narrower.

First team regulars like ewis KInsella and Craig Tanner have been absent with long term injuries, while high profile Summer signing Ross McCormack has only been able to manage 28 minutes this season.

Ex-Wrexham striker Mike Fondop has been at The Recreation Ground recently, but was released amid reports that the budget couldn't stretch to meet his cntract demands.

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Aldershot are an all-or-nothing side at home, with 4 wins and 5 defeats but only one draw. Outside the bottom 5, only Bromley have conceded more goals at home, and last Tuesday they suffered a 3-1 defeat at The Recreation Ground at the hands of Solihull Moors.

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However, a battling draw at Stockport three days earlier shows that The Shots are capable of getting results against the division's stronger sides.

POSSIBLE ALDERSHOT LINE-UP

We travel to Aldershot with an unusual statistic to consider. Our penultimate match there, in December 2018, ended in a goalless draw. Incredible, we’ve played 45 away games since, and not one of them has ended 0-0!

That’s the equivalent of two seasons’ worth of away games without a goalless game; in the same period we’ve had 6 nil-nils at The Racecourse!

Ironically, we ought to have broken that run at The Recreation Ground last season. The game was goalless going into the 94th minute when Harry Panayiatou slid in to score the winner.

That goalless draw in 2018 was highly frustrating as we dominated the game and ought to have won, but Bobby Grant was denied by a couple of remarkable saves.

Our form at Aldershot leading into that game was awful though. The two previous seasons we suffered 2-0 defeats there, but in both cases were overrun by The Shots, who ought to have scored more.

Our last win there was in November 2015, when Wes York scored the only goal. It’s one of just 4 wins we’ve enjoyed in Aldershot in 24 games, and we’ve played 387 minutes there since without scoring.

Our best win at Aldershot was in September 1969. Albert Kinsey opened the scoring and Arfon Griffiths scored from the spot.

MILESTONES

Paul Rutherford's next league appearance will be his 175th for Wrexham.

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