Wrexham v Dover Athletic
Competition: Vanarama National League
Location: My Racecourse
After two weeks away from National League action the Dragons face off in a huge clash against fellow promotion rivals Dover Athletic at the Racecourse.
Wrexham come into the match on the back of a 2-0 FA Trophy defeat to Harrogate Town and are out of the competition at the first hurdle. Fielding seven changes, Dean Keates’ young Reds put in a valiant effort but fell to the National League North high-flyers. A week previous we travelled to Moss Rose where we met with Macclesfield Town, another side jostling for a promotion spot. Macc took the lead in the opening six minutes through Scott Wilson who would go on to get a hatrick, before Scott Boden netted an equaliser and his first for the club in the second half. Wilson capitalised on a Wrexham collapse in a game that went on to finish 4-1.
Dover sailed through their first round of the FA Trophy last weekend with a clinical 3-0 win over Eastbourne. Previously in the National League they faced Haretlepool United, who had made the long journey to Kent from the North East. However, the Pools went home empty handed as Mitch Pinnock and Ryan Bird both slammed home a brace to seal the 4-0 win. Currently unbeaten in December, the Whites last tasted defeat at the end of November as AFC Fylde ran out 1-0 winners at the Crabble Athletic Ground.
Wrexham last week signed striker Ferdinand Takyi on non-contract terms, and the forward will be eager to impress boss Dean Keates and help fire Wrexham forward. Takyi has played all over Europe and landed in England with Bognor Regis Town earlier this season. He made his debut last weekend in the Trophy against Harrogate and came close to an assist after his pass to Cameron McGregor saw the youngster strike the post from eight yards out. A useful player, Takyi is relatively unknown and could surprise a few.
Dover striker Ryan Bird is back to scoring and is settled at the Crabble. Bird was an unknown goal machine in non-league with Burnham before being picked up by Portsmouth in 2013, however, things wouldn’t pan out at Fratton Park. Eventually, after a number of loan spells he landed with Yeovil scoring eight goals in League Two before dropping down to Eastleigh and then back up again with Newport County. He signed for Dover in the summer and has 11 goals thus far this season, including one against Wrexham in August.
Wrexham have never in seven attempts managed a win over Dover, with the Whites winning four of those matches. Our first meeting came in January 2015 with the Kent side running out 2-0 winners at the Crabble, before a 1-1 draw in the first meeting at the Racecourse. Last time we met here in North Wales the game ended goalless.
Sam Wedgbury, who missed the last two weeks through injury should be fit to return to the side. Olly Marx remains sidelined.
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