PREVIEW | Gateshead v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 28 Jan 2018

Wrexham v Gateshead

Date: 30/01/2018

Kick-Off: 19:45

Location: The International Stadium

Competition: Vanarama National League

Following the sold-out spectacle against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, Wrexham head to the Heed for a re-scheduled fixture against Gateshead in the National League.

Wrexham come into the game unbeaten thus far in 2018 and will be hoping to sign off January with victory. On Saturday we met Tranmere Rovers in front of the biggest home crowd for a league game since May 2007, when we recorded that famous victory over Boston United to save ourselves from relegation - for a year at least. It was Rovers who took the lead after just 13 minutes with Richie Sutton netting from a corner, but within five minutes the visitors found themselves behind. First Scott Quigley, who scored twice on his debut a week prior, finished a great move linking up once more with Scott Boden to slot the ball into the bottom right corner on the turn, before Shaun Pearson was wrestled to the ground in the box and Chris Holroyd smashed home the resulting penalty. After that frantic opening 18 minutes, it took until stoppage time in the first half for Andy Cook to head home an Adam Buxton free-kick and that's how the score remained. Our last road trip was up to neighbours Hartlepool United, where Quigley's brace was the difference in front of another sold-out crowd.

As for Gateshead, they are currently unbeaten in their last four matches and picked up three points on Saturday with a home win over Maidstone United. Lewis McNall gave the Heed the lead on three minutes before Jai Reason levelled from the spot. Things looked to have taken a turn for Gateshead on 74 minutes, after goalkeeper Dan Hanford was sent off and another penalty awarded to the Stones. However, with his first touch substitute goalkeeper James Montgomery saved the spot kick and with just three minutes remaining Ben Fox's goal sealed an impressive win for the home side. Beforehand they had earned a point at home to Woking and won on the road at both Chester FC and Boreham Wood.


Wrexham goalkeeper Chris Dunn has been in good form of late, with a clean sheet last time out on the road and a string of superb saves on Saturday to deny the Tranmere frontline. The experienced former Cambridge United shot-stopper knows he'll have to be at his best on Tuesday night to ensure victory. Meanwhile, David Raven could make his first start after an early introduction on Saturday, coming on just six minutes into the game, having only joined the club on Friday from the Highlands club Inverness CT, the former Liverpool defender will be hoping for a good run back in football south of Hadrian's Wall.

As for Gateshead, two former Reds could line up for them in midweek with Wes York and Jamal Fyfield amongst their ranks. York will be looking to boost his goalscoring exploits having netted just three goals this season, and who better to do so against than his former side. Fyfield is a strong tricky defender to come up against with plenty of pace and experience, that is key for his side. 

Last time we met, was back in August on a Tuesday night under the lights at the Cae Ras. Alex Reid made a dream debut having signed just a few hours before kick-off, coming off the bench to pounce and hand Wrexham a 1-0 win. Last time at the International Stadium, Wrexham found themselves 2-0 down due to goals from Sam Jones and Danny Johnson. However, John Rooney and Hamza Bencherif's replies earned the Dragons a point in a fine comeback. Often entertaining games, our biggest win over Gateshead came in November 2015 with a 4-0 win in North Wales, Dom Vose scored one of the best goals in the club's history, when weaving through defenders to slot home, whilst Gateshead enjoyed a 7-2 win at the Racecourse in February 2011.

Olly Marx remains sidelined with his injury but is making progress, whilst Mark Carrington is out with a hamstring problem. James Jennings was forced off against Tranmere and is a doubt with bruising.

Can't make it to the International Stadium? You can follow the game with FREE live commentary on Calon FMMixlr, 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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