Wrexham v Gateshead
Location: Racecourse Ground
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Following two long trips on the road, Wrexham finally return to the Racecourse Ground on Tuesday night.
The Dragons come into the game on the back of a disappointing defeat to Dover Athletic, Our longest away trip in any domestic competition it now means we’ve been unable to get a win against the Whites in seven attempts. Following a bright start to the game Wrexham were caught out, as Ryan Bird put Dover ahead on 17 minutes. Wrexham couldn’t find the net and as a result made the long journey home without anything to show for their efforts. Five days previous was our first away trip, taking on Maidenhead United for the first time in our history. Manny Smith’s brace was enough to see off the Magpies in a 2-1 win, our first victory of the new campaign.
As for Gateshead they kicked into gear on Saturday brushing aside Torquay United 3-0 at the International Stadium, a Ryan Higgins own-goal gave the Heed the lead before the match was sealed by Richard Peniket and Myles Anderson. That now means they’ve hit back-to-back wins for the first time this season having narrowly beaten Woking 1-0 last Tuesday. It’s was a great way to bounce back from an opening day defeat to Woking.
Wrexham striker Scott Boden will be keen to get his first goal in Wrexham colours having signed from Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the summer. The Sheffield-born forward has pedigree in this division and once he gets that first goal will be full of confidence. Former Gateshead defender Manny Smith left for a second spell at Wrexham in pre-season and has started brightly both in defence and attack, sitting as top scorer for the club following his Maidenhead brace. He’ll be looking to show the Heed what they are missing.
Another player looking to show up their former club is Gateshead’s Wes York. The winger is now in his second season at the International Stadium and scored 11 goals for the Heed last season. The former Dragon had a great season last year and is hoping to continue improving year on year.
Both sides have met on a number of occasions since Wrexham fell into the National League, and every game seems to be a cracker. Our first meeting came in March 2010 where Graeme Armstrong’s effort was enough to see off Wrexham in a 1-0 win for Gateshead at the International Stadium. A month later we met at the Racecourse for the first time, the game ending goalless. Perhaps the most entertaining game for a neutral came in the February 2011 as Gateshead ran out 7-2 winners in North Wales. Wrexham’s biggest win was in 2015, a 4-0 home win with Dominic Vose tearing the Heed defence apart. Meanwhile, the last game came at the Cae Ras in March, Gateshead taking maximum points in a 0-2 win.
Wrexham are still without striker Chris Holroyd who was forced off with an injury against Macclesfield Town on the opening day.
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