Wrexham travel to Yeovil aware of a poor record against The Glovers. A second tough away trip in 5 days awaits, and Dean Keates might well be glad he has enhanced his squad's strnegth in depth over the Summer.
Town will be frustrated with the start they have made. Opening the season with two fixtures against newly-promoted sides, each enjoying their first season at this level, looked like a chance for The Glovers to get off to a flying start. However, both matches ended in 2-2 draws, as Town failed on both occasions to turn a second half lead into three points. They'll be hungry for a first victory of the season.
Listen to our tactical lowdown on Yeovil Town
If we’re going to improve our results against Yeovil Town, we need to find a way to stop them scoring. The Glovers have found goals easy to come by in this fixture, managing 10 in our 3 previous meetings. Indeed, they scored three goals past us in both matches last season, and that’s the least we’ve conceded against them in a match!
We’ve avoided defeat against them once, when the sides met at The Racecourse last November. It was a thrilling game which saw the sides share four goals in the first half. Twice Yeovil went ahead, but equalisers from Akil Wright and Paul Rutherford pegged them back, and when Bobby Grant put Wrexham ahead in the first minute of the second half, there was hope that we might pull off a spectacular win.
However, it was not to be. Rhys Murphy scored an equaliser 20 minutes into the half, and the game ended 3-3.
In doing so he completed his hat trick, becoming the first opposition players to get three goals at The Racecourse since 2011, when Jon Shaw kept the match ball following the worst home defeat of our history: a 7-2 mauling at the hands of Gateshead.>
Our return visit was nowhere near as even. Wrexham nearly dug in to get to the break on level terms, but a bizarre goal put The Glovers ahead when Courtney Duffus nicked the ball from an angry Rob Lainton and tapped it into the net.
We failed to get ourselves back into the game in the second period, and ended up losing 3-0.
Our first trip to Yeovil was an FA Cup first round tie in 2003. Future Wrexham player Kevin Gall opened the scoring and we capitulated, crashing to a 4-1 defeat. Chris Armstrong’s 88th minute goal was the definition of a consolation goal.
Rob Lainton v Rhys Murphy
Rob Lainton is undoubtedly one of the very best keepers at this level. Agile, quick off his line and relentless in his organisation of the players in front of him, he is clearly the best keeper Wrexham have had since the departure of Chris Maxwell.
However, Murphy enjoyed success against him last season, scoring a hat trick when these sides met at The Racecourse.
A strong, bustling presence up front, the quality of Murphy's finishes in that clash showed why he has scored goals wherever he has played in a career which has spanned 13 clubs. Crisp first-time strikes give the goalkeeper little time to react; even a keeper like Lainton whose reflexes are one of his strengths.
Murphy failed to make an impression in Yeovil's 2-2 draw with King's Lynn last Saturday, and was relegated to the bench for the visit of Wealdstone three days later. However, he came off the bench after the break, and 25 seconds later he'd claimed his first goal of the season with a predatory finish.
With 20 goals from 33 appearances last season, Murphy has pedigree, and will want to build on that midweek goal. Lainton will have to be on his mettle to deny him.
HEAD TO HEAD
WREXHAM'S TOP SCORERS V YEOVIL TOWN:
1: Chris Armstrong, Bobby Grant, Paul Rutherford and Akil Wright.