Wrexham v Torquay United
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Following a heartbreaking late goal on Monday the Dragons return to action at the Racecourse as we host basement side Torquay United.
Wrexham go into the game as mentioned on the back of an eventful 3-3 home draw against Barrow on New Year's Day. The Reds took the lead through a superb Chris Holroyd header before two quickfire strikes from Adi Yussuf and Dan Jones turned the game on its head. On the stroke of half-time, a free-kick from James Jennings was drilled into the bottom corner to level. In the second half, Wrexham once again took the lead through Scott Boden who nipped in for his first goal at the Cae Ras which looked like it sealed the game. However, in stoppage time Calum McDonald's volley bounced into the Wrexham goal following some pressure from the Bluebirds and the points were shared in our third draw on the bounce.
For Torquay the season hasn't gone as planned as they sit bottom of the league and ten points adrift of safety. They are yet to play a game in 2018 after their trip to Eastleigh on New Year's Day was postponed. Without a win in December, it's been six matches since they last bagged three points. Last time out the Gulls faced Boreham Wood at Meadow Park, where goals from Angelo Balanta and Bruno Andrade sealed a 2-0 win for the Wood. Their last victory on November 30th came against Leyton Orient, where a 3-0 win stunned the visitors at Plainmoor, it capped off a wonderful week where they had managed a surprise away win at Sutton United the Tuesday beforehand.
Wrexham manager Dean Keates this week showed real intent by making the loan of Akil Wright from Fleetwood Town permanent. The 21-year old battling midfielder has been one of Wrexham's top performers and has been missed since picking up an injury in November. However, not only could he make his first start in over a month, but it could be a second debut of sorts. Joining on a two and a half year deal he certainly has a bright future at the Racecourse, starting this weekend.
Torquay have been busy in the market this week already bringing in two new faces who could make their debuts this week, as well as extending the loan of defender Miche Efete. 22-year old former Cardiff City midfielder Tommy O'Sullivan has joined on loan from Colchester United whilst 18-year old striker Alex Fletcher has joined on loan from Plymouth Argyle. O'Sullivan has 15 caps and three goals for the Welsh-U21's and was tipped as one of Wales' top young talents. Fletcher has made eight appearances for Argyle in League One this season, scoring his first senior goal in a 2-1 win over Fleetwood.
We've met on a number of occasions going all the way back to 1964, where we played our first game down in Devon, the reds came out on top in a thrilling 3-4 win. The first game between us at the Racecourse was in April 1965, this time it was Torquay who came out on top in a 2-3 win. Games between us are often high scoring affairs with seven goals in one game happening on three occasions (Torquay's 6-1 win in 1987, 4-3 win in 1984 and Wrexham's 3-4 win in 1964) whilst there have been three goalless draws (1989, 2015 and 2017).
Wrexham's most memorable game came in 2015, after a first leg 2-1 win at the Racecourse in the FA Trophy Semi-Final, we went on to batter the Gulls 3-0 at Plainmoor in the second leg and book at place at Wembley. Earlier this season we drew 0-0 in Devon and last time at the Racecourse it ended 1-1 through a penalty each, George Harry and Jamie Reed were the scorers.
Wrexham defender Olly Marx remains sidelined with an injury picked up playing for Rushall Olympic out on loan.
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