PREVIEW | Wrexham v Tranmere Rovers

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 25 Jan 2018

Wrexham v Tranmere Rovers

Date: 27/01/2018

Kick-Off: 3pm

Location: My Racecourse

Competition: Vanarama National League

Tickets: Last remaining from club shop only


The biggest game of the season thus far, two of the National League's promotion hopefuls lock horns in front of a huge crowd at the Racecourse Ground, as we face Tranmere Rovers.

Wrexham come into the game without defeat thus far in 2018 and on the back of a ruthless 2-0 away win over Hartlepool United. Scott Quigley scored a brace on his debut to seal three points on what was an emotional day for the financially stricken hosts. Last time out here at the Racecourse we met lowly Torquay United where Chris Holroyd bagged an impressive hatrick as well as Manny Smith chipping in with his third goal of the season to bag a brilliant 4-0 victory. Before that we were also in action at home on New Year's day, where a stoppage time equaliser denied the Dragons the win in a 3-3 draw with Barrow. 

As for Tranmere, they were last in action on Saturday as they hosted Maidenhead United at Prenton Park. Goals from James Norwood, debutant Josh Ginnelly and Jeff Hughes saw off the Magpies in a 3-2 win on the Wirral and remain a point behind ourselves in the National League table. That win means they are now three games without a defeat having won away at Woking and drawing 1-1 with Barrow. Their last defeat came on New Year's Day as AFC Fylde ran riot at Mill Farm, beating Rovers 5-2. 

Wrexham forward Scott Quigley grabbed the headlines last weekend with his two goals on his debut and he'll be looking to continue that fine form this weekend. His striking partner last Saturday was Scott Boden who had a superb afternoon and put through a wonderful ball for the Dragons second goal. If those two can link up like they did at Victoria Park, then they'll be tough to handle.

As for Tranmere, forward James Norwood has yet again proved to be vital with his goals this season once again, and he's been in fine form grabbing three in his last five matches. The former Forest Green forward came close on a couple of occasions in the match between us earlier this season and he'll be hoping to get on the scoresheet on Saturday. Meanwhile, Connor Jennings, Andy Mangan and Jay Harris return to their former club, Jennings recently won the player of the month award and may want to get one up on his brother James at left-back for Wrexham. 

We've met on a number of occasions in recent years, the last time coming earlier in the campaign back in September. In a thrilling contest, Wrexham were in for an uphill struggle with Sam Wedgbury sent off after receiving two bookings in the first 13 minutes on the Wirral. However, Wrexham battled bravely and Chris Holroyd's strike inside the box following a corner sent the away end into overdrive in a famous win at Prenton Park. Last time at the Cae Ras it was Tranmere who came out on top with a 1-0 win following an unfortunate own goal from Olly Marx. 

Dean Keates has no new injury or suspension concerns, Olly Marx remains sidelined with an injury picked up at Rushall Olympic during his loan spell.

Can't make it to My Racecourse? You can follow the game with FREE live commentary on Calon FMMixlr, the TuneIn app, 105fm or online. You can also access live text commentary on Twitter @Wrexham_AFC. Following the game, you can catch our highlights on YouTube - 'Wrexham AFC'.

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