PREVIEW | SOLIHULL MOORS V WREXHAM

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 05 Oct 2020

Another tough task for Dean Keates' side: having defeated Boreham Wood on Saturday, we face a tricky trip to Solihull Moors, who pulled off the unique feat of missing out on the play-offs by 0.14 points! 

When the season was brought to a premature end, Solihull Moors were three points behind Stockport County with a game in hand. Little did they know, as their final game of the season ended in a goalless draw at AFC Fylde, that a winner would have earned them a shot at promotion.

Their push for the play-offs was based on excellent home form: only champions Barrow managed more home wins, and nobody conceded fewer goals on their own patch. A trip to SportNation.bet Stadium is clearly a testing first away match.

POSSIBLE SIDE

Wrexham won the first time we visited Solihull, but haven't had much joy since then.

Anthony Barry's 7th minute penalty earned victory for Dean Keates' side when we went there in February 2017, and we had to wait 326 minutes before we hit the net there again.

Almost a year to the day later we ground out a goalless draw there, but the following season not only saw us suffer defeat, but also dealt a tragic blow to a club legend.

In the 28th minute, Manny Smith fell awkwardly and had to go off. Little did we know that the injury was severe that he'd only play one more game in his career, as he attempted a doomed comeback. 

To run salt into the wound, Doug Tharme had to come on, with just 69 minutes of league experience under his belt. He did very well, but in the last ten minutes he lost Alex Gudger at a set piece and a game which looked destined to be goalless was decided by the centre back's finish. 

Last season we travelled to Solihull under the caretaker leadership of Dean Keates, but found ourselves chasing the game after an 11th minute goal by the outstanding Jamie Osborne.

A brilliant strike by a certain Jamie Reckord doubled our deficit, but we fought back well in the second half.

Bobby Grant topped a fine move by tapping the ball home, and with JJ Hooper looking lively off the bench it looked like The Dragons would pull off a comeback, but Osborne settled matters with 20 minutes left when his corner went straight in, through a crowded goalmouth. 


KEY CLASH: Coxe v. Jeffrey

Cameron Coxe, a Welsh Under-21 international who joined Solihull Moors in the Summer from Cardiff, played only his fifth professional game last Saturday. A highly prgressive right wing back, he spent a lot of the game very high up on the flank, trying to stretch Woking's defence, and on occasions struggled to cover back as a result of these ambitious instructions.

We all know, after his eye-catching pre-season, that Anthony Jeffrey relishes space to run into. Few players are going to beat him in a straight sprint, and if he's given a head start, you're not going to get back at him.

Having been bravely positive at Woking, Solihull will surely want to start their home campaign on the front foot, but if Coxe leaves a gap between himself and Jeffrey, Wrexham will look to counter.

HEAD TO HEAD

 

TOP SCORER AGAINST SOLIHULL MOORS
2: Paul Rutherford

FORM v SOLIHULL MOORS: WLWLDWWWW


RECENT FORM

Wrexham

Last Match: National League 
03/03/20 Wrexham 2 (Hall-Johnson 27, Young 70) Boreham Wood 1 (Reckord o.g. 60)
Wrexham: R Lainton, R Hall-Johnson, F Kelleher, T Vassell, J Reckord, E Durrell (J Horsfield 89), L Young, J Harris, A Jeffrey (P Rutherford, 80),  A Yussuf (Bickerstaff 21), K Thomas.
Subs not used: C Dibble, J Ponticelli.


Solihull Moors

Last Match: National League 
3/10/2020 Woking 2 (Kretzschmar 53, Ferdinand 60) Solihull Moors 1 (Ward (pen) 18)
Solihull Moors: R Boot, J Cranston, C Coxe, A Gudger, T Williams, C Howe, K Storer, S Gleeson, Jimmy Ball, J Sbarra, J Ward (C Archer, 59).
Subs not used: M Hancox, C Maycock, J Piggott, N Phillips.
 

MILESTONES & STATS
Wrexham have never won the first two games of a National League season. The last time we got 6 points out of 6 was 2004: Swindon (h) 2-1 (Lawrence, Armstrong) & Oldham (a) 3-2 (Sam 3)

I miscalculated in the last preview: Theo Vassell will make his 100th league appearance against Solihull Moors.

Devonte Redmond, if selected, will make his 50th career appearance.

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