Guiseley v Wrexham
Location: Nethermoor Park
Competition: Vanarama National League
Wrexham are back on the road for the second time this week as we make the comparatively short trip to Yorkshire, where Guiseley await.
The Dragons come into the game on the back of two draws on the bounce, however, did end January unbeaten sealing a satisfactory start to 2018. Last time out we met Gateshead in a re-arranged fixture at the International Stadium, a match postponed in December due to a frozen pitch. After a couple of chances to seal the game through Chris Holroyd who could have scored but for a magnificent save from stand-in goalkeeper James Mongomery and a glancing header from the forward that went wide, it ended goalless. Three days beforehand the Reds ran out to a sold out Racecourse Ground as we faced local rivals Tranmere Rovers. Ritchie Sutton opened the scoring for Rovers before Scott Quigley equalised for Wrexham. Moments later Shaun Pearson was wrestled to the ground and Holroyd’s slotted home a penalty. Just before half time Andy Cook headed home to bring the game level and it ended 2-2. Our last win came on the road at Hartlepool United, where Quigley’s brace saw off the Monkey Hangers at a sold-out Victoria Park.
As for Guiseley, they currently sit a place above the foot of the table, are nine points adrift of safety, and know a win could be the springboard for another miraculous survival. Last weekend saw the Lions fall to a 2-1 defeat to Dover Athletic at the Crabble, as Dayle Southwell’s 66th-minute strike wasn’t enough to earn a point. Guiseley are now without a win since Boxing Day when they beat Chester FC 2-0 at the Deva. Yet to win in this calendar year, they are also yet to play at Nethermoor Park having had matches postponed. They were last on home soil on December 23rd, where they gained a point in a 1-1 draw with title-chasing Aldershot Town.
Dean Keates this week landed his man as left sided attacker Nicky Deverdics completed his move from Hartlepool United to Wrexham for an undisclosed fee. The creative midfielder has shown in previous spells with National League side Dover Athletic just what sort of quality he possesses with a wand of a left foot and is particularly good over set pieces. The 30-year old Geordie could make his debut this weekend after his deadline day switch to North Wales.
For Guiseley an ex-Dragon could line up on Saturday, with two-time Wrexham goalkeeper Luke Coddington making his Lions debut on the weekend. Coddington spent time on loan in November 2016 from Huddersfield Town and again earlier this season temporarily from Northampton. A ‘keeper with real class who’s tough to beat, the Wrexham forwards will have to be at their best.
We’ve met on five occasions before this weekend, with Wrexham winning twice, drawing twice and losing once. Our first meeting came in October 2015 in a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Racecourse, Dom Vose’s brace wasn’t enough going into injury time, after it looked like Adam Boyes put the visitors ahead on 81 minutes. But with 89 gone Guiseley were down to 10-men and Connor Jennings bagged a 92nd-minute equaliser to share the points. Our first game at Nethermoor Park was in April 2016, as Wrexham’s play-off dream was dashed in a first-half three-goal mauling, it ended 3-1 to the Lions. Wrexham would have revenge as during the first away game of the next season with the game at 2-2 in injury time, Paul Rutherford unleashed a brilliant effort into the bottom right corner after cutting inside to grab a satisfying 94th-minute winner. Earlier this season at the Cae Ras it ended 1-1, after a Raul Correia effort in the first half they ran down the clock, but Sam Wedgbury fired in yet another late goal for Wrexham to share the points.
Wrexham striker Scott Quigley will be assessed ahead of this weekend’s game whilst James Jennings has recovered from bruising on his hip. Olly Marx remains sidelined with an injury he picked up on loan at Rushall Olympic whilst Mark Carrington is out with a hamstring problem.
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