Following a week in the heat of the Portuguese Algarve where the squad have worked tirelessly in training and picked up a win in Loule, we return to the slightly colder UK for our fourth game of the summer against Stafford Rangers.
For the Dragons it’s three in three in terms of our pre-season schedule, with our last game coming from the Stadio Municipal de Loule. We faced Louletano DC in the 30-degree heat coming from a goal down to take the game 2-1. With the home side under the cosh following four Wrexham efforts coming off the woodwork, Wrexham were caught on the break on the stroke of half time. In the second half it took Ntumba Massanka less than 30 seconds to level the score before Leo Smith’s header sealed the win in the dying seconds, sending the hundreds of hardcode travelling fans into party mode. Beforehand the reds picked up 3-1 wins over Cefn Druids and Lex.
Stafford Rangers have played just the one pre-season friendly so far this summer, coming on Wednesday where they travelled to Stratford Town. Rangers came out 1-0 winners through Richard Gregory’s free-kick.
Dean Keates’ side have had a chance to settle and certainly gelled together during our trip away. The further the side go into the pre-season schedule the more Keates will assess the squad and begin to picture a starting eleven. With a couple of trialists as well, they will be keen to impress the coaching staff.
Stafford have a number of trialists, with their first and only friendly so far set up to essentially take a look at them. With those who will be given the chance to impress against the Dragons, they may be the one’s to watch in terms of individual performances.
Wrexham have never met Stafford Rangers in a competitive match.
Shaun Pearson who missed out on facing Louletano on Tuesday should return to the side to face Rangers. The two trialists who travelled to Portugal are set to feature in this match also.