Wrexham v Macclesfield Town
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Following the long anticipated wait throughout the summer, we finally return to competitive action as we face Macclesfield Town at the Racecourse in the Vanarama National League. Dean Keates has assembled his new look side and in front of a boosted crowd we expect to see some fine football in here in North Wales.
Wrexham's last run out came in pre-season where the Dragons faced off against Chorley at Victory Park. The end of the summer schedule finished 1-1 with Scott Boden's effort proving to not be enough following Courtney Meppen-Walter's superb second half free-kick. It came on the back of a solid 2-0 victory five days beforehand away to Altrincham. Wrexham's last competitive match was all the way back in April, where we made the long trip to Eastleigh playing out a 1-1 draw in the National League.
As for Macclesfield Town, they were last in action on Saturday at Moss Rose, where they hosted League One outfit Blackpool. The Tangerines took the victory 2-0, rounding off a mixed pre-season campaign for the Silkmen which included a win over Crewe Alexandra (3-0) but a loss to Stockport County 5-2.
For Wrexham, the entire squad will be looking to live up to the feel-good factor that is brimming around the Racecourse at the moment. The new sense of optimism has seen the bond of both players and fans, and those on the pitch will be playing for those off it. Our players retained from last season will be looking to repay the manager's faith in them. Striker Chris Holroyd has extra incentive as he could make his debut against the side he departed in the summer and will be looking to make an instant impression wearing red.
As for Macclesfield, they've a number of players who have plied their trade at the Racecourse. Midfielder Elliott Durrell departed Chester for Moss Rose in the summer and had a year and a half with Wrexham, but was released in May 2015. One man many Wrexham fans will be keen to get a glimpse of is the cult-hero that was perhaps the most talked about player during the off-season, Gime Toure. The striker was on trial with Wrexham and made a number of pre-season appearances, but didn't manage to earn a deal, however, Macclesfield offered him terms and he could make his debut against the Dragons.
Wrexham and Macclesfield have met on a number of occasions and in recent years the trip to Moss Rose has been the norm. Since their relegation to the National League in 2013, we've played twelve games including twice in the FA Cup. Last season the Silkmen handed Wrexham two 3-0 hammerings both home and away. Wrexham's last victory over Macclesfield came in October 2014 where we ran out 5-2 winners at the Racecourse in the FA Cup, the year we reached the third round. Our last National League victory against them came in April 2014, where Johnny Hunt's 12th-minute goal was enough to seal maximum points.
Wrexham skipper Shaun Pearson is doubtful after picking up a knock in our pre-season match against Altrincham, whilst Jack Mackreth and Ntumba Massanka appear to have shaken off their injury concerns.
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