PREVIEW | Cefn Druids v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 07 Jul 2017

Pre season matches are like buses, you wait ages for the new campaign to come along and then two come at once. Following our opener at Lex on Monday, we return to action tonight as we face Cefn Druids.
 

We've ran out just once so far this summer with Dean Keates’ newly assembled side getting off to a winning start. At Stansty Park the Dragons came out comfortable winners with goals from Paul Rutherford, Niall Freeman and a great effort from Leo Smith. We played two different XI’s meaning almost every player was given 45 minutes to begin the summer with a good mix of senior and youth team players.
 
For the Ancients this is the first game of their own pre-season campaign ahead of then 2017/18 Welsh Premier League Season.  
 

Wrexham’s latest new signing Scott Boden will be available to play having recently made the switch from Scottish side Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The forward is no stranger to the National League and could be a real asset to Keates next season. The Sheffield-born forward has signed a one year deal and will want to hit the ground running to earn a place in the starting line-up come August 5th, another new but familiar face tonight will be Ntumba Massanka who has joined on loan from Burnley once again.
 
As for Druids, a very familiar face will be in the side after joining the club on Monday. Former Dragons left-back Neil Ashton will be a regular at the Rock next term having joined from Southport. Ashton was a vital part of the side that finished on 98 points in the 2011/12 season as well as reaching Wembley with the club on three occasions, playing twice.
 

We've met on a number of occasions since the 1870’s and have been lucky to use each other’s facilities. Druids have appeared at the Racecourse over the years in cup finals whilst Wrexham have used the Rock, an excellent facility, to train and play pre-season matches whilst unable to play at the Cae Ras. Our most significant fixture against each other came all the way back in 1878, where we competed in the first ever Welsh Cup Final which the Reds came out on top in to take the honours.
 
 
Dean Keates has no injuries to deal with heading into the match.
 

Can't make it to the Rock? You can keep right up to date with the media team’s coverage, with kick by kick commentary completely FREE throughout pre-season, you can find us for friendlies on Mixlr. You can also keep up on Twitter @Wrexham_AFC and watch extended highlights on our YouTube channel WxmAFCOfficial.

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