Wrexham v Maidenhead United
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
Wrexham reach the half-way stage of the season and are well in the mix of the title race, as Maidenhead make their first trip to the Cae Ras.
Dean Keates' side come into the game on the back of just our second defeat in the last 17 matches as we fell to a 2-0 loss to fellow promotion rivals Aldershot Town last weekend. Two first-half goals stunned the Dragons into submission as the hosts looked far to strong on the day. It was a dissapointing way to follow up going top of the National League with a midweek home win over Solihull Moors, where Paul Rutherford bagged his first ever home goal.
Maidenhead travel north on the back of a disappointing November where they failed to win a league game as well as being dumped out of the FA Cup. Last time out the Magpies earned a decent point at home to Macclesfield Town. They went a goal down on 54 minutes as Ryan Lloyd gave the Silkmen the lead, however, Jake Hyde's strike two minutes from time meant the month wouldn't end on a sour note. Currently three games unbeaten (all of which were draws), they have taken a point off of Eastleigh and Woking away from home in recent weeks.
Wrexham defender Manny Smith has once again proved what an asset he is to the club which some remarkable performances for the Dragons this season. His partnership with Shaun Pearson was seen Wrexham record the best defensive record of the season thus far. Smith haunted Maidenhead back in August with two goals, his first ever brace, and sent us home with our first win of the season and following our loss last season will be desperate to rectify it with a clean sheet on Saturday.
The Magpies acquired Moses Emmanuel a month ago on loan from Sutton United however he's yet to net for his new club. The former Dover forward knows exactly where the net is but has had a disappointing season so far. Long overdue a goal, he'll be hoping to finally find his form this weekend as the busy Christmas period begins.
We've met just one previously, that game coming earlier this season at York Road. The Dragons took the lead on 40 minutes through Manny Smith before two minutes later Dave Tarpey equalised in one of his last games for the club before moving on to Barnet on deadline day. With just over ten minutes to be played Smith once again put the ball in the back of the net and seal three points for the reds.
Wrexham defender James Jennings has returned to first team training and could be in contention for this weekend's game, whilst centre-half Olly Marx has been forced to return from his loan at Rushall Olympic having picked up an injury.
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