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PREVIEW | Wrexham (H)


THE DETAILS

Wealdstone v Wrexham

Vanarama National League

Grosvenor Vale

Saturday 19th February, 3:00pm kick-off


TICKETS

Tickets for Saturday's big National League fixture are £15 Adults, £10 Concessions, £8* 18-23 years old and £5 U18s. The 18-23 next generation offer is online only, you can purchase your tickets in advance by clicking HERE and avoid the matchday turnstile queues.


This weekend's match will be segregated with Wrexham fans located at the Gun Turret End of the stadium in the all-seated Tecknuovo Stand and the Couch Corner Terrace


THE CONTEXT

Two National League clubs at the polar opposite ends of stature meet this weekend at Grosvenor Vale with the humble Stones meeting the Hollywood-backed big-spending former EFL club Wrexham. Stature and expenditure proved to be no intimidation to Stuart Maynard's men earlier this season, when the Stones became the first away side to pick up a clean sheet at the Racecourse Ground in a 0-0 draw. Despite many marking the Dragons with the 'underachievers' mark this season they still sit within the play-off places and comfortably beat fellow title rivals Boreham Wood 3-0 in the FA Trophy last weekend boasting a squad the envy of many EFL teams after strengthening further in January.


TEAM NEWS

Ira Jackson missed last week's win over Barnet after picking up a knock in the previous match against Yeovil Town and Nikola Tavares was replaced late on in Saturday's match as a precaution for what looked like a groin injury, both could be back this weekend though. Andrew Eleftheriou remains out injured, whilst the Stones look to add a new loan signing to the squad before the game.


WHAT WAS SAID?

Stuart Maynard: "There a Football League club, they've near sold out their allocation for the away end, we've just got to make sure we make it as hostile for them as we can from the home end. It's going to be a difficult test in many difficult ways, they recruited a target man in Ollie Palmer from AFC Wimbledon which allows them to go a little more direct and play off of him, which they do like to do. It's going to be another tough test but one we're looking forward to."


FORM GUIDE

Stones:

Barnet (A) 1-3 W (Ferguson, Umerah, Mundle-Smith)

Yeovil Town (H) 2-1 W (Umerah, Tavares)

Grimsby Town (A) 2-1 L (Mascoll)

Notts County (H) 0-0 D

Woking (A) 2-0 L


Wrexham:

Boreham Wood (H) 3-0 W (Palmer, Davies, Hayden) Torquay United (A) 1-0 L Maidenhead United (H) 1-1 D (Hayden)

Grimsby Town (H) 1-0 W (Palmer) Yeovil Town (A) 1-2 W (Mullin, O.G)


WHO TO WATCH FOR?

Ben Tozer: There were whispers when Tozer signed for Wrexham at the start of the season that his signing was worth more than Wealdstone's budget in its entirety. Expenditure aside, Tozer has so far lived up to the price tag with many solid performances at the back. The experienced defender had clocked up almost 400 EFL appearances before taking the drop to the National League and will lead the Dragons back line. His battle with Josh Umerah will be a curious spectacle for Stones supporters.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Played - 3

Won - 1

Drawn - 1

Lost - 1


LAST THREE MEETINGS

Nov 2021 - Wrexham 0-0 Stones

Feb 2021 - Wrexham 4-1 Stones - (Parish)

Oct 2020 - Stones 4-3 Wrexham - (Wakefield, Mendy, Dyer, Efete)


SPONSORS

Tomorrow's match sponsors are Union Athletic with ball sponsors 'In memory of Jim Klarfeld' and Graham Clark & Mike Pullin, we thank them all for their ongoing and continued support of the club and we hope they enjoy our hospitality this weekend.


Preview by Chris Woods

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