PREVIEW | BROMLEY V WREXHAM

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 27 Nov 2020

Wrexham have hit their best form to date this season, with three wins and four clean sheets on the bounce. Bromley are also in good form too: In the last week they've earned four points from a couple of difficult away games. 

Listen to our scouting preview of the game.

Last Saturday they earned an impressive draw at high-flying Maindenhead, coming back from 2-0 down and grabbing a last minute equaliser through Chris Bush.

They followed that up with a fine 1-0 win at Altrincham, earned despite playing the lst 22 minutes with 10 men after Ben Williamson's red card.

With just one point separating two on-form sides in the play-off places, this could be quite a match! 

HEAD TO HEAD

If we’re playing Bromley, that inevitably means Dean Keates will have an anniversary to celebrate. His first win as manager was against them, and Saturday’s match will be his 150th league game as manager, and his 100th in charge of Wrexham.

That first win came in October 2016. Goals from Shaun Harrad and Gerry McDonagh earned a 2-1 win, and our performances against The Ravens last season were among our most impressive under Keates.

Last November Luke Young scored the 77th minute winner at The Racecourse to cap an excellent performance against a Bromley side which was leading the table, and the return match in February, coming straight after the disappointment of an injury time defeat at Chesterfield in a game we dominated, saw us bounce back spectacularly.

An impressively fast start to the match saw Davis Keillor-Dunn open the scoring with an excellent individual goal, and although we were the better side, we didn’t make things safe until the last minute, when Jordan Ponticelli netted another goal of the season contender, running from his own half before curling a shot beyond the keeper.

Those victories meant we did the double over the Ravens: neither side had achieved that feat in the fixture before.

It was also our first win at Hayes Lane, which has been a difficult venue for us. The closest we’d previously come to a victory was in March 2018 when James Jennings headed us in front, but a highly controversial penalty decision allowed the home side to salvage a draw.

Our first game at Bromley came on the first day of the 2015-16 season. It was also Gary Mills’ first match as boss, and Wes York gave us the perfect start. However, everything fell apart at an alarming pace, and we trailed 3-1 at the break. Despite attempting to fight back, that would remain the score at the final whistle.

The following season saw us play out a crazy late season match at Hayes Lane. Injuries affected our team selection, and Olly Marx would have to go off with sunstroke, forcing Keates into some unorthodox rearranging of his defence.

The goals flowed at both ends: Bromley went 2-0 up within 21 minutes and were a further goal ahead just after the break. However, Wrexham mounted an unlikely comeback, with Jordan White and Ntumba Massanka bringing the score back to 3-2 within ten minutes.

A fourth Bromley goal with 7 minutes left looked to have halted Wrexham’s momentum, but Massanka grabbed another and the home side had to survive a rocky conclusion to earn their 4-3 win.

Our only other game at Hayes Lane was a limp 2-0 defeat under Graham Barrow, which again saw Bromley finish the scoring by the break.


MILESTONES
Dean Keates' 150th league game as manager, and 100th as Wrexham manager.

Jay Harris makes his 200th league appearance for Wrexham.

Luke Young's 350th league game, and 100th league game for Wrexham.

Rob Lainton’s 75th Wrexham league game.

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