Leyton Orient v Wrexham
Location: Brisbane Road
Competition: Vanarama National League
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After what’s been a long hard fought season where we’ve got plenty of miles under our belts, we’re back on the road one last time during the regular league campaign, and it couldn’t be more crucial…
Wrexham come into the game with some our worst form of the season but have plenty of reason to feel optimistic. Last time out we took on Dagenham & Redbridge at the Racecourse where the Daggers stunned Andy Davies’ side running out 2-1 winners. In what was a performance that not only commanded the game but should have taken the points, Wrexham will be looking to put in the same type of display with a different outcome this weekend. Paul Rutherford opened the scoring in the first half but two for Dagenham settled the match in the second half. It wasn’t the result Wrexham needed after a bitterly disappointing display away to Ebbsfleet, as we were gunned down 3-0 with all three coming in the second half.
As for Leyton Orient they were on a real high until they were stopped in their tracks by Hartlepool on Tuesday. Louis Laing’s effort sealed a 1-0 win for the troubled Pools to end a run of five games without defeat. Beforehand they’d earned a 1-1 draw with champions-elect Macclesfield and knocked four past Barrow at home at the beginning of the month.
Wrexham winger Jack Mackreth has been in good form as of late and after solid displays off the bench he earned his first league start since December. 22-minutes into the game after initially toying with the Daggers left back on Saturday turned him inside out to set up Rutherford’s strike. He’ll be hoping to retain his place and once more put in a performance needed in such a vital match.
For Orient, it’s been difficult for anyone to stop top scorer Macaulay Bonne this season. The third top goal scorer in the National League with 20 goals to his name so far, he’s kept Orient fans thrilled in a difficult first season in non-league. Certainly aware of the back of the net, Bonne has struck a brace in both of his last two home matches.
We last met in October 2017 at the Racecourse Ground where the points were shared. Chris Holroyd’s double wasn’t enough to see off the O’s in a tight 2-2 draw in North Wales. Before that you’d have to go back to 2006 for our last match-up, against at the Racecourse where Orient ran out 2-1 winners. Our last visit to Brisbane Road came in September 2005, a 1-1 draw. We’ve eleven wins each since our first meeting way back in 1951, with 10 draws in that time.
Wrexham defender Kevin Roberts returns to the squad following his suspension whilst Chris Holroyd remains sidelined with injury.
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