PREVIEW | Wrexham v Harrogate Town

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 14 Dec 2017

Wrexham v Harrogate Town

Date: 16/12/2017

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: My Racecourse

Competition: Buildbase FA Trophy


Wrexham kick off the first round of the Buildbase FA Trophy hosting Vanarama National League high-flyers Harrogate Town at the Racecourse Ground.

The Dragons come into the game on the back of one win in our last three games, with our most recent coming last weekend where Dean Keates' side collapsed away to Macclesfield Town. Scott Wilson opened the scoring with just over five minutes played before Scott Boden netted his first Wrexham goal after the break. In freezing conditions during the televised lunch time kick-off, the snow piled down with Wrexham now looking to go ahead. However, moments after we got ourselves back in the game Wilson popped up for his second and third goals of the game to put the Silkmen well ahead. Play was stopped to clear snow off the pitch before David Fitzpatrick fired in a fourth in injury time. It came on the back of a solid 2-0 home victory for the Reds where Chris Holroyd and James Jennings sealed three points against Maidenhead United.

As for Harrogate, they were due to travel to Nuneaton Town on Saturday but had their game called off due to a frozen pitch, which you could look at as a positive, giving them more time to prepare for the Trophy tie. They have lost once in their last four games and last time out drew 2-2 with Kidderminster Harriers at the CNG Stadium. They have already featured in the FA Trophy this season, travelling to Darlington 1883 and sealing an impressive 2-3 victory.


Dean Keates could play a rotated side and youngsters Niall Freeman, Brandon Burrows and Doug Tharme could all be given the nod. All three have featured in a Wrexham squad be it on the bench or playing in cup competitions. Tharme has been named on it and trained with the first team this season, Burrows made his Wrexham debut in a 1-1 draw against Stamford in the FA Cup last season and Niall Freeman has featured heavily in the last two pre-season campaigns.

For Harrogate, striker Simon Ainge has had a strange career of it, but is now scoring regularly in the English sixth tier. A defender his entire career, he has in the last year or so been converted into a forward and now has over 30 goals for Town. The former Bradford City and FC Halifax Town has made the transition look easy and his physical presence and experience will be tough to handle having scored 11 league goals thus far in the league.

Wrexham and Harrogate are yet to meet in a competitive competition.

Dean Keates has no new injury worries, Sam Wedgbury missed out last weekend after picking up a knock against Maidenhead United and could be rested this weekend.

Can't make it to My Racecourse? You can follow the game with FREE live commentary on Calon FM (105fm) or Wrexham AFC on Mixlr. 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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