PREVIEW | Wrexham v FC Halifax Town

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 08 Feb 2018

Wrexham v FC Halifax Town

Date: 10/02/2018

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: My Racecourse

Competition: Vanarama National League

Tickets: Click Here

Following success on the road Wrexham finally return home to defend top spot in the National League facing managerless FC Halifax Town.

Wrexham come into the game on the back of a convincing 2-0 away victory over relegation battlers Guiseley. Chris Holroyd’s first away goal since our win at Tranmere Rovers in September gave us the lead in the first half before Shaun Pearson’s header on the other side of the break sealed an emphatic three points which extended our unbeaten run in 2018 and sent us top of the National League table. Days before we made the long trip to Gateshead for a re-arranged fixture against the Heed. Neither side could break the deadlock at the International Stadium and the points were shared. Last time we played at the Racecourse was in front of a sold out crowd verses Tranmere where Holroyd and Scott Quigley’s goals weren’t enough to snatch the win, as the game ended 2-2.

FC Halifax travel to the Racecourse on the back of a 1-2 loss to Leyton Orient two weeks ago. Since then they’ve had games postponed and will be eager to get back on to the pitch and drag themselves further away from the relegation zone. Manager Billy Heath left the Shay after the defeat to Orient and they are yet to name a replacement, so at the time of writing former Chester FC boss Neil Young will be in interim charge.

Wrexham forward Scott Quigley will be looking to be back amongst the goals having missed out on trips to Guiseley and Gateshead in the last couple of weeks. The striker has three goals in his first two appearances and will be looking to be at his best and fight for his place. He’s got competition from next Dragons forward Jonathan Franks who signed during the week.  The former Hartlepool United and Middlesbrough attacker will want to show his new supporters what impact he can make.

For Halifax, goalkeeper Sam Johnson put in a great performance against Wrexham earlier this season keeping a clean sheet against the reds, whilst forward Tom Denton is always a handful with his strength and aggression, Shaun Pearson and Manny Smith will make it an interesting affair. 

We last met in October 2017 at the Shay where a goalless draw saw the Dragons return to North Wales on a chilly Tuesday night with a point to show for their efforts. Beforehand we hadn’t met since December 2015 where the Shaymen ran out 2-0 winners with Wrexham defender Jamal Fyfield dismissed late on. Last time at the Racecourse it was Wrexham who ran out the winners, this time 3-1 with goals from Javan Vidal, Dominic Vose and Wes York. We’ve met nine times since the new FC Halifax were formed with four red cards being shown (three for Wrexham, one for Halifax) and the Shaymen have not won at the Cae Ras since their return. 

Wrexham forward Scott Quigley could return whilst Mark Carrington and Olly Marx remain side-lined. Former Dragon and last year’s player of the season Martin Riley signed for Halifax in the summer but has played just twice after sustaining an injury, this Saturday’s game is just a week too short for his return.  

Can't make it to My Racecourse? You can follow the game with FREE live commentary on Calon FMMixlr, the TuneIn app, 105FM or online. 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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