Wrexham v Hartlepool United
Location: My Racecourse
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On the back of our long trip to Devon on Saturday, the Dragons return to North Wales for back-to-back home matches, starting with Hartlepool United on Tuesday.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of four games without defeat, following a goalless draw against Torquay United at Plainmoor. Unable to unlock the Gulls defence, it was the first points dropped in three matches, having beaten Woking, Boreham Wood and Bromley. Wrexham have also kept four clean sheets in a row, with Christian Dibble in some great form.
Hartlepool United have quickly become one of the form sides of the National League, following what was a baptism of fire to non-league. The Monkey Hangers have won their last three games including former league leaders Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Park. That lifts them out of the relegation zone and up to 19th.
Wrexham midfielder Akil Wright arrived at the Racecourse in the summer and has had a good run in the side in recent weeks. The hard-tackling young midfielder, on loan from Fleetwood has put in some great performances in the heart of the Dragons midfield, breaking up play and showing maturity in his displays.
Hartlepool forward Jonothan Franks is enjoying a successful second spell with the club having re-joined from Ross County in the summer. He began life with Middlesbrough, making his debut in the Premier League in 2009, and went on to play a further 27 games, scoring three goals in the Championship. He also had loan spells with Oxford United and Yeovil before joining the Pools in 2012. He made 149 appearances in his first spell scoring 11 goals and departed for Ross County in 2015, making over 50 appearances in the Scottish Premiership. After re-signing for United, he scored three goals in the opening month of the campaign, including the winner against Dagenham on Saturday.
We’ve not met Hartlepool in over a decade, and it’s going to be a return to what has proven to be thrilling contests. The last game between us came in January 2007, Chris Llewellyn’s second half equaliser sealed a point for caretaker manager Brian Carey’s Wrexham side. Earlier in September 2006, United ran out 3-0 winners at Victoria Park. Standout results in recent years came during the 2005/06 season. At the Racecourse, the Dragons were embarrassed in a 1-5 Hartlepool win, but months later things were even stranger. Juan Ugarte’s five goals in a ten goal thriller in the North East sealed a 4-6 Wrexham win.
Wrexham may be without goalkeeper Chris Dunn, whilst winger Jack Mackreth is still out of action. James Hurst picked up a knock against Torquay and was forced off injured. Left-back James Jennings is out of Tuesday’s game after picking up a fifth yellow card, so is suspended.
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