PREVIEW | Wrexham v Boreham Wood

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 31 Mar 2018

Wrexham v Boreham Wood

Date: 02/04/2018

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: My Racecourse, Wrexham

Tickets and information: HERE

Wrexham are undefeated in 16 league games. They have only lost once at home this season, the opening day fixture against leaders Macclesfield Town where they were narrowly defeated 0-1. Wrexham have drawn 3 and won 2 of their last five matches, the latest being Friday's 1-1 at Bromley. James Jennings headed home Marcus Kelly's freekick early in the second half after Bromley had gone down to 10-men. Bromley won a penalty when Sam Wedgbury went shoulder to shoulder with former Forest Green team-mate Omar Bugiel. The linesman gave the penalty and on-loan (from Charlton Athletic) striker Brandon Hanlan slotted home past Chris Dunn from 12-yards. Wrexham went closest to winning the game on a number of occasions, notably through Marcus Kelly's one-on-one, Kelly also hit the crossbar, Jonathan Franks hit the post while Simon Ainge's header was well saved by David Gregory.

Boreham Wood come in to the match against Wrexham sitting at 6th place and on the back of a 0-0 home draw with Barrow on Friday afternoon. Before that the Wood lost at Aldershot 2-0, beat Tranmere Rovers at home 2-1, drew 1-1 with Maidenhead United and took a 0-0 at Hartlepool United. Boreham Wood have a good record away from home having lost just three times away from Meadow Park, picking up ten draws and winning 7 times on their travels so far this season.     

For Wrexham I have picked out Marcus Kelly. His performances in the past four games have been outstanding. He was key to our victory against cross-border rivals Chester, scored against Woking while battling well in midfield and has assists against Maidstone and Bromley. Jonathan Franks' performances from the bench will have caught the eye of Andy Davies also. The winger has made an impact both against Maidstone and Bromley and may have staked a claim to be included from the off against Boreham Wood.

For the Wood you can't look past leading scorer Bruno Andrade. The Portuguese midfielder who can play up front is a product of QPR's youth system where he made 2 senior appearances between 2010 and 2015. He was sent on-loan to an number of clubs before being let go by the London club . He signed for Woking soon after where he spent a season making 43 appearances scoring five times, he rejected a new deal at the Cards and signed for Boreham Wood in May 2016. Following another lean spell in front of goal last season he has been a revelation during this campaign scoring 17 times so far. 

Joe Quigley joined Wrexham on loan from AFC Bournmouth in October 2015 and made 4 appearances scoring once (against Tranmere Rovers). He is out on loan again from the Premiership club at Boreham Wood and has played six games scoring once.  

Boreham Wood and Wrexham have met five times and the Dragons have won each time. Boreham Wood have never taken any points from Wrexham since the first time the sides met in 2015. Earlier this season Wrexham won 0-1 at Meadow Park thanks to an Alex Reid goal. The last time the sides met at the Racecourse Wrexham won 2-1 with Anthony Barry and John Rooney both scoring penalties. 

Wrexham come in to the fixture with all players available for selection. For Boreham Wood Angelo Balanta, who has scored 10 times this season, is a doubt having missed both the Aldershot Town and Barrow games. 

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