Wrexham v Leyton Orient
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham return to the Racecourse looking to get back to winning ways but must overcome out-of-form National League new boys Leyton Orient in North Wales.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a defeat in midweek away at AFC Fylde. Having gone eleven games unbeaten in the National League, the Dragons fell to a 2-0 loss with goals from Jonny Smith and Jack Muldoon either side of half-time. It came as a disappointing end to the run having ran out impressive 1-0 winners three days previous away at Dagenham & Redbridge where a 93rd-minute own goal handed maximum points to Wrexham. Last time out at the Racecourse we met Eastleigh in front of the BT Sport cameras, Ben Williamson gave the Spitfires the lead before Shaun Pearson's bullet header levelled the score. With twelve minutes remaining, Chris Holroyd fired past the goalkeeper to send the Racecourse into raptures and cap a fine win for Keates' side.
As for Orient, they come into the game on the back of nine National League matches without a win, a staggering statistic given some of the results they've managed earlier this season. They were last in action on Tuesday night as they hosted Gateshead at Brisbane Road. Jordan Burrow's brace sent the Heed home happy and inflicted more mistery on the O's who's life in the National League has been bleak. Their last victory came at the beginning of September as Guiseley were their visitors, Macauley Bonne's hatrick and a fourth goal from Matt Harrold turned the game on its head to hand Orient a 4-1 victory. They've won twice on the road this season, the last time came at the end of August, Bonne's sixth-minute strike sealed a 1-0 win at Maidenhead United.
Wrexham midfielder Akil Wright has recently returned to the side and put in a superb display on Tuesday night in the Dragons midfield. The young middle-man joined the side on loan in the summer from Fleetwood Town. He's featured 13 times for Wrexham so far this season playing alongside the likes of Sam Wedgbury and Mark Carrington and the youngster has really impressed, making the move up after a loan last season with Alfreton Town in the National League North.
As for Orient, the aforementioned Bonne currently tops the goal scoring chart at Brisbane Road with seven strikes to his name. Bonne celebrates his 22nd Birthday the day before our clash on Saturday and will be hoping to mark the occasion with a goal and a win in North Wales. The former Colchester United youngster scored seven EFL goals in four seasons with the U's, and has spent time on loan with Lincoln City and Woking. The young forward has certainly found his feet with the Orient.
We've met on a number of occasions throughout each other's history be it in the Football League or FA Cup. Our first meeting came all the way back in December 1951 in the Cup, a 1-1 draw at the Racecourse saw us meet for the second time in our history just four days later, Orient ran out 3-2 winners in the English capital. It would be 21 years until we met once more, in the FA Cup once more, again Orient progressed with a routine 3-0 win. Our first league meeting came six years later in 1978 at Brisbane Road, and almost 30 years after first meeting Wrexham had their first win over the O's, 1-0 it finished. The wait proved to be worth it as the Dragons went on to win the next two matches. We'd meet regularly across the next two decades but in 2006 we would stray apart in League Two as the O's earned promotion. That last match ended in a 2-1 win for Orient, whilst Wrexham have not beat them since Andy Morrell's single goal extended the Dragons unbeaten run to seven following promotion in April 2003.
Wrexham captain Shaun Pearson returns from suspension this weekend having missed out in midweek against AFC Fylde. Kevin Roberts was forced off on Tuesday with injury and will be looked at before the weekend.
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