Wrexham v Maidstone United
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Following a busy week both on and off the pitch, the Dragons are back at the Racecourse Ground as we’re in action against Maidstone United.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a disappointing 2-2 draw with Woking on a bitterly cold afternoon at the Kingfield Stadium. As the snow poured in Surrey it was the home side who opened the scoring against the run of play through a Josh Staunton effort from a corner. Just before half-time Paul Rutherford’s cross found its way into the bottom left corner of the Woking net and the game was poised for Wrexham to take. As the second half unfolded it was indeed the Dragons who took the lead through a magnificent Marcus Kelly effort, but ten minutes before time Joey Jones (no, not that one) equalised for the Cards. It leaves Wrexham 14 games unbeaten and yet to taste defeat in 2018. Last time out at home we faced Chester FC in the Cross-Border Derby with Scott Quigley and Nicky Deverdics smashing home to take the spoils.
As for Maidstone United, they are in the best form of the campaign so far having recorded back-to-back wins for the first time last weekend whilst making it three games unbeaten in the National League. They were last in action on Wednesday earning a point in an impressive 2-2 draw with title-chasing Macclesfield Town. Beforehand they beat high-flyers Sutton United 1-0 and Torquay United.
Wrexham skipper Shaun Pearson has been a warrior this season and his leadership second to none. Following the departure of Dean Keates he’s made sure alongside the coaching staff that the squad are focused and ready for the challenges that await. He’s been an essential part of the squad missing and will be vital in the run in.
Following the departure of top goalscorer Joe Piggot for AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One, Ross Lafayette will be relied on to put the ball in the back of the net. The experienced 32-year old striker is on loan from Sutton United and has already scored at the Cae Ras, a stoppage-time stunner for Sutton earlier this season to level the match.
We’ve met Maidstone on a number of occasions throughout our history but less frequently over the last two decades. Since the new millennium, we’ve met just four times, the first of which was in the FA Cup First Round proper in 2014/15. The then Southern Premier side gave a good account for themselves but were knocked out in a 3-1 Wrexham win with an Andy Bishop brace and Manny Smith strike the difference. Since then the Stones have earned promotion to the National League drawing one (2-2 in 2016) and winning the other two. Last time we faced off was at the Gallagher Stadium where the home side ran out 2-1 winners whilst Manny Smith and Mark Carrington were controversially sent off by Sam Allison.
James Jennings is available once again after serving his suspension against Chester FC and Woking whilst Manny Smith could also return to the side after missing Woking due to a hip injury.
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