PREVIEW | Solihull Moors v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 18 Feb 2018

Solihull Moors v Wrexham

Date: 20/02/2018

Kick-Off: 19:45

Location: Damson Park

Competition: Vanarama National League

After our long trip to South London on the weekend the Dragons are back on the road for a somewhat shorter hop over to the midlands, where we take on Solihull Moors.

Wrexham come into the game on the back of two 1-1 draws against Sutton United at Gander Green Lane and the week before at home to Halifax. Scott Quigley scored his fourth goal in five Wrexham appearances to give the Dragons the lead, but Simon Walton hit back for the home side just a minute into the second half. Jonathan Franks had a chance in the last few moments before Bradley Hudson-Odoi's volley was struck and deflected but, Chris Dunn pulled off perhaps the save of the season to deny after 94 minutes. A week previous it was Scott Boden who put Wrexham in front with a bullet header on 19 minutes, but Scott Garner levelled just before half-time to end things a goal apiece against Halifax.

Solihull Moors have spent almost the entire season in the relegation zone but in the last two months have been playing like a side chasing the National League title. They've lost one of their eight games in 2018 and have lifted themselves into 21st, just two points away from safety. On Saturday it was former Wrexham striker Alex Reid who was the hero for the Moors, his 84th-minute finish was the decider in a 3-2 win over Dover Athletic, a great response to the previous week where they fell to a 1-0 loss away at Ebbsfleet United. Solihull's last home league defeat came in November, a 0-2 loss to Sutton. 

Wrexham goalkeeper Chris Dunn made some tremendous stops in recent weeks and will be looking to continue his fine form between the sticks. Without a clean sheet in his last two games, he'll be hoping to keep Solihull out in midweek. At the other end Marcus Kelly put in a worthy performance against Sutton and with competition for places will be looking to step up and continue his good form and keep in the side.

For the Moors, former Dragon Reid may have a point to prove against his former club on Tuesday. After a flying start to his Wrexham career he tailed off before returning to parent club Fleetwood. He'll want to recapture his form and with a goal in his first two games will be confident of adding to his tally. Former Wrexham midfielder Kyle Storer recently joined Solihull after leaving Cheltenham Town, he won the National League title in 2016 and is now using his experience to keep the Moors in the division.

We've met Solihull four times in our history with Wrexham finishing on top in all of our encounters. Our first meeting was in the FA Trophy on route to winning the competition in 2013. Junior English handed the Moors the lead before Brett Ormerod pulled Wrexham level. English put the then National League North side back in front before the hour mark, but Adrian Cieslewicz equalised three minutes later, before a Dean Keates penalty put the reds through. Our last three games have ended in 1-0 wins for Wrexham. Mark Carrington's injury time winner was the difference in our first league meeting, before an early Anthony Barry penalty handed Wrexham the win in February 2017. Earlier this season Paul Rutherford scored his first home goal for Wrexham to earn maximum points.

Paul Rutherford will be available for selection following his suspension picked up against Halifax, whilst Olly Marx remains sidelined with injury. Mark Carrington is also unavailable. 

Can't make it to Damson Park? 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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