PREVIEW | Torquay United v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 07 Sep 2017

Torquay United v Wrexham

Date: 09/08/2017

Kick-Off: 3pm

Location: Plainmoor 

Competition: Vanarama National League

Once again Wrexham make another long journey down south, this time to the other end of the country where we take on strugglers Torquay United.

Wrexham are the in-form team of the National League having won our last three matches. On top of that the Dragons have kept three clean sheets on the bounce and will be aiming to extend the run and potentially go top of the division, as we currently trail leaders Dagenham & Redbridge by a point and are sitting in third going into the game. Our last match came on Saturday where a 2-0 win over Bromley thanks to a Ntumba Massanka brace and a Christian Dibble penalty save. Our other two games were victories over Woking and Boreham Wood over the bank holiday weekend.

As for Torquay, they come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Chester FC. The Gulls had all but sealed maximum points before Ross Hannah snatched a last minute equaliser at Plainmoor. It denied them their first win of the season having failed to do so in the opening eight matches, leading to the dismissal of manager Kevin Nicholson, the first managerial casualty of the season. The Gulls last win came all the way back in April, where they beat relegated North Ferriby United 2-0.

Wrexham striker Ntumba Massanka finally got off the mark last weekend with his brace against Bromley, and will be looking to kick on. Massanka joined on loan for a second spell in the summer having got four goals for Wrexham last term. Meanwhile Christian Dibble is in some real form having kept three clean sheets in his opening four games and has saved two penalties in the process.

For Torquay, there is one man that is certainly hoping to prove his worth against his former club in James Gray. The striker spent a season with Wrexham in 2015/16 and scored seven National League goals and opened his Gulls account with a superb strike against Woking on the Bank Holiday weekend.

Wrexham and Torquay have met on a number of occasions over the last few decades in both the Football League and non-league. We first met in 1964 at Plainmoor where the Dragons took the points in a 3-4 thriller. Our first game in North Wales came months later, where the Gulls took the victory 2-3. Our last game came back in March of this year, a 1-1 Racecourse draw with George Harry opening the scoring from the penalty spot, before one of Torquay's own through Jamie Reed. Last time out in Devon the game finished in the same way with goals from Gerry McDonagh and Kieffer Moore. 

Wrexham striker Chris Holroyd should be available for the first time since the opening day of the season, where he was forced off injured against former club Macclesfield Town. Chris Dunn could be available whilst Jack Mackreth could also be a possible selection. 

Can't make it to the Plainmoor? You can follow the game with FREE live commentary on Calon FM, now also via our Mixlr channel and Mixlr app or the TuneIn app to listen. 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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