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Key players available for big Wrexham game

Stuart Maynard will be able to choose from a near fully-it squad for the visit of table-topping Wrexham at Grosvenor Vale on Saturday.

The manager has been beset by injuries for the last month, particularly to his midfield, but Ashley Charles, Nathan Ferguson, Max Kretzschmar and defender Mason Barrett have all been passed fit for the big National League game. Malachi Napa remains out with an ankle issue.

Maynard must now decide which, if any, of the returning quartet are fit enough to start. Kretzschmar has been missing since coming off in the away game against Maidstone United in the middle of September with a hamstring problem.

Ferguson missed the Boreham Wood FA Cup game due to a family bereavement and has been unavailable for the last four with a calf problem. Charles has been sidelined for the last four with an ankle issue while Barrett has been managing a hamstring problem since the win at Gateshead.

"Every game is a massive challenge, but one we look forward to," said Maynard. "Me and my assistant Matty Saunders research the opposition and pride ourselves on being tactically good. We can flip our shape and we try and get control within the game by keeping the ball. If we don't get that control, and we go toe to toe with these teams, we lose as they have better players. So we'll prepare well for Wrexham, try and give them problems and hopefully give the fans something to shout about. It should be a great day."

The Stones held the Hollywood-owned club to a goalless draw at The Racecourse last season and were sunk by two late goals in a dramatic return fixture at Grosvenor Vale.

"I'm really looking forward to the game," said Maynard. "It should be a great occasion, a great atmosphere. Lots of people will have seen the documentary and will be interested in the Wrexham story. Reynolds adds that glamour to it and people will want to come on the off chance he comes to the game or just to see the team he is involved with. It's great for the game and for the league.

"I know we'll be massive underdogs but we drew 0-0 there last season and they scored twice late on to beat us at home. Our fans will make it loud, they'll make it hostile and we want them to be the leveller. We go into every game believing we can get something and that will be no different on Saturday."

More than 2,000 advanced tickets have been sold and we are advising fans to purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and those queuing to pay on the day.

Click HERE to buy your tickets and be part of what could be a record crowd at our ground in Ruislip.

*Pictures by Darren Campbell


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