Cefn Druids v Wrexham
Location: The Rock
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
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After a lengthy break from life on the pitch, Wrexham return to action with a pre-season curtain raiser against Welsh Premier League opposition, our neighbours Cefn Druids.
This is Wrexham's first game since losing out in the playoffs back in May. An extra-time strike from Danny Hollands was the difference on the night. Wrexham finished the Vanarama National League season in fourth position sealing a place in the play-offs for the first time in six years. The Dragons now prepare for a season in which they will look to go further and earn promotion to the EFL under Bryan Hughes.
Cefn Druids had what could be described as a 'hangover' from such a sensational 2017/18 campaign, where they qualified to compete in the Europa League. That year they were expected to struggle to maintain their WPL status but shocked the division. Last year however they couldn't maintain their form, dropping into the bottom six for the split but surviving any late scares. They finished the season on a high with a 5-0 victory away to Llandudno.
Wrexham will showcase all new recruits brought in over the summer by boss Bryan Hughes, having returned to training on Monday. Leighton McIntosh, Devonte Redmond, JJ Hooper and Mark Harris could all feature for the Dragons.
As for Druids, they'll be missing Zimbabwe international Alec Mudimu who's currently competing in the Africa Cup of Nations, but will have the likes of former Wrexham goalkeeper Michael Jones, ex-Dragons' midfielder and Jordan Evans and former fans favourite Neil Ashton.
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. The latest game between the sides came in the summer of 2017 where the reds ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Gime Toure, James Jennings and Ben Barratt.
Bryan Hughes should hopefully have a fully-fit squad to choose from.