PREVIEW | Wrexham v Maidenhead United

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 11 Oct 2020

After an excellent win at Yeovil, Wrexham are swiftly back into action against a side which is suffering a horrible run of form.

Maidenhead United are bottom of the table, having lost all three games so far this season. On Saturday they were beaten 4-0 at home by Hartlepool United, and will be keen to swiftly put that result behind them.

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They'll be equally keen to halt their run of defeats, which extends into last season. United have lost eight games in a row, despite having home advantage in six of them. 

When last season was curtailed, United were in the relegation zone, but the decision to decide the final table on points per match, and the demise of Bury meant The Magpies survived. They need to break this poor run of form to make sure they don't suffer relegation this time round.

HEAD TO HEAD
Things started so well against Maidenhead, with two league doubles in our opening pair of seasons against The Magpies. However, last season they gave us a much rougher ride, as we managed to take just one point from them.

The game at The Racecourse was particularly galling. A bizarre Luke Young own goal from the edge of the area started the scoring, but Wrexham responded well and a rare Jason Oswell goal just before the break brought us level. Luke Young managed to score at the right end after the break, and Wrexham’s dominance looked likely to be rewarded with three points, but a sensational strike out of the blue from the appropriately-named Josh Smile earned a point for Maidenhead.

The return fixture was also an unpleasant affair for us, as a goal in each half from Daniel Whitehall earned The Magpies a well-deserved first victory over us.

Yet we won our first four games against Maidenhead in impressive manner. Our first match against them, in August 2017, saw Manny Smith score twice for the only time in his career as we triumphed 2-1, and the home game was a comfortable affair with Chris Holroyd and James Jennings netting in a 2-0 win.

The following season we visited Maidenhead in August again, and we went top after a Jordan Maguire-Drew screamer and a goal from Mike Fondop earned a 2-1 victory at York Road.

At The Racecourse we won 1-0, with Young establishing his habit of scoring for one side or the other in this fixture.

KEY CLASH
KWAME THOMAS V ALAN MASSEY

Kwame Thomas opened his account for Wrexham on Saturday, but he is about a lot more than goals in Dean Keates' set-up. Thomas' physical strength and moility make him a key player for Wrexham, able to hold the ball up and win headers for players to attack.

He comes up against a strong central defender in Alan Massey, who has been a consistent figure in the heart of Maidenhead's defence since their promotion to the National League in 2017. Massey is a powerful presence, and will relish the physical battle with Thomas. In the air they are well matched, but Thomas will look to pin the centre back and open up space around him. He'll also fancy himself to be quicker than his marker if he's able to get in behind him.

HEAD TO HEAD

 

LAST GAME
Maidenhead 2 (Whitehall 23, 53) Wrexham 0

Maidenhead: C Dunn, R Clerima, N Ofori-Twumasi, A Massey, J Ellul, R Sheckleford, J Comley, R Upward, J Akintunde (R Steer, 89), D Whitehall (J Cassidy, 82), S Fenelon (J Kelly, 41) Unused subs: J Smile, B Mensah

Wrexham:  R Lainton, T Reid (Patrick, 54), K Kennedy, S Pearson, J Jennings, D Redmond (P Rutherford, 54), J Lawlor (M Carrington, 77), L Summerfield, L Young, R Grant, J Hooper. Unused subs: M Harris, C Dibble

FORM
WREXHAM

10/10/20 National League
Yeovil Town 0 Wrexham 1 (Thomas 10)
Wrexham: Lainton; Hall-Johnson, Kelleher, Vassell, Reckord; Davies (Ponticelli 78), Young, Harris; Jeffrey (Durrell 40), Thomas, Rutherford.
Unused subs: Dibble, Carrington, Jarvis.

MAIDENHEAD UNITED
10/10/20 National League
Maidenhead United 0 Hartlepool United 4 (
Orsi-Dadamo (og) 45, Ofosu 47, Johnson 51, Holohan 83)
Maidenhead: 
T Ashby-Hammond, A Massey, R Clerima (N Ofori-Twumasi, 80), S Donnellan, J Wiltshire, G Wells, Josh Smile, D Sparkes, R Upward (J Coley, 85), N Blissett (S Barratt, 75), D Orsi-Dadamo
Unused subs: Manny Parry, J Comley

MILESTONES
Fiacre Kelleher makes his 150th career appearance.

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