Sutton arrive as genuine promotion contenders, having started the season in fine form. An experienced and settled side, they showed their resilience at Wealdstone last Saturday when they salvaged a point in a dramatic finale.
Omar Bugiel, who hit a hat trick against Wrexham last season, spearheads the attack, and Craig Eastmond, Kenny Davis and Harry Beautyman are three of the best midfielders in the division.
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Dean Bouzanis is a widely experienced goalkeeper who appeared to have signed for Wrexham in 2009, only for the deal to breakdown after it had been publicly announced.
HEAD TO HEAD
Our home form against Sutton is good, in contrast to our record at Gander Green Lane.
The Us have never won at The Racecourse, although they came very close to changing that last season. An unhappy match, played in a fevered atmosphere, saw Wrexham struggle to turn pressure into chances and when Harry Beautyman put the visitors ahead half way through the second half, it looked grim for the Dragons.
However, in the 88th minute a reprieve was literally handed to Wrexham when Craig Eastmond stopped a Shaun Pearson header with his arm. Eastmond was dismissed, Bobby Grant drove home the penalty and a frantic close to the match ensued as Wrexham battered the Sutton defence in vain pursuit of an equaliser.
Clashes between the sides at The Racecourse tend to be low-scoring affairs. In fact, in 4 matches, neither side has ever managed to score more than one goal.
Apart from last season’s match, we also drew 1-1 with Sutton in September 2017, when Marcus Kelly scored his first goal for us. However, the game would end remarkably when Ross Lafayette, who ought to have been sent off earlier for a wild challenge, scored a remarkable 92nd minute equaliser.
Our other two encounters in North Wales ended in 1-0 wins.
Two seasons ago Kieran Kennedy scored the winner from a 78th minute corner, and in September 2016, Sean Newton’s deflected shot won the day in a match Sutton dominated.
In contrast, when we play at Sutton, the floodgates open. We scored 5 goals there when we first met, in January 2013, while the home side put three past us in each of our last two games at Gander Green Lane.
That made it a mere 6 goals shared between the two sides in 4 games at The Racecourse, and 14 in 5 in Sutton.
21/11/20 Wrexham 1 (Young 64) Aldershot Town 0
Wrexham: R Lainton, T Vassell, J Reckord, J Horsfield, F Kelleher, J Harris, E Durrell, P Rutherford, L Young, J Ponticelli (A Yussuf, 89), K Thomas Subs not used: M Cleworth, D Jarvis, J Davies, C Dibble
21/11/20 Wealdstone 3 (Lafayette 46, 66, Mendy 88) Sutton United 3 (Olaofe 4, Bugiel 11, Eastmond 90)
Sutton: D Bouzanis, B Goodliffe, L John, H Beautyman, K Davis, C Eastmond, J Barden, D Ajiboye, R Milsom, O Bugiel (T Sho-Silva, 69), I Olaofe (C Kealy, 78) Subs not used: A Simpson, C Dundas, B Wyatt
Jordan Ponticelli’s 50th career match.