Simon Weaver and his players will be looking to quickly put the disappointment of Saturday’s loss at Crawley behind them when they entertain high-flying Wrexham at The Envirovent Stadium tomorrow evening.
Despite falling to a 2-1 defeat it was another positive performance from Simon Weaver’s side and they will be looking to come away with all three points in front of a record crowd under the lights.
Wrexham were promoted back to the EFL at the end of last season, holding off Notts County in a titanic tussle that saw both clubs register over 100 points.
And they have impressed in their return to league football after a 15-year absence, coming into the game in second place and on the back of a resounding 6-0 home win against Morecambe at the weekend.
Wrexham have lost once in the past 10 games and have won four of their last five games. On the road they have taken 13 points from nine games and are the joint leading scorers in the division, netting 40 goals so far through 19 games.
The two sides last met at The Envirovent Stadium in the 2021/22 season in the first round of the FA Cup. Despite trailing to a first-half goal Town hit back after the break with strikes from Simon Power and Danilo Orsi to earn a 2-1 victory.
In Town’s 2019/20 promotion season visitors Wrexham came away with all three points thanks to a goals either side of half-time from James Jennings and JJ Hooper.
In 2018/19 the sides played out a pair of goalless draws at The Envirovent Stadium in both league and cup a month apart, with Wrexham triumphing in the FA cup qualifying round replay by a 2-0 margin.
The man in charge
Phil Parkinson is now in his third season in charge at the club, having taken over ahead of the 2021/22 season. In a 20-year managerial career Parkinson has had spells at the helm at Colchester, Hull, Charlton, Bradford, Bolton and Sunderland.
During his playing career Parkinson made over 500 appearances for bury and Reading.
Ones to watch
After missing the start of the season through injury Paul Mullin has found his form in recent weeks, netting six goals in his past eight games including a hat-trick against Morecambe. Mullin was prolific in his previous two seasons at National League level, scoring over sixty goals.
Forward Elliott Lee is the clubs top scorer though, having netted ten times so far with Mullin’s usual strike partner Ollie Palmer finding the target on five occasions.
Veteran Irish midfielder James McLean has proved a useful addition on the left-hand side with Scot James Jones chipping in three goals from central midfield.
After Ben Foster’s retirement the club moved swiftly to bring in ‘keeper Arthur Okonkwo on loan from Arsenal. He will play behind Ben Tozer and Aaron Hayden, two defenders with league experience who helped the side to promotion.
Whilst much of the focus centres on Wrexham’s recent story the club have a long history both domestically and in Europe, being the oldest club in Wales having formed back in 1864.
The club entered the Football League in 1921 as part of the Third Division North, spending the next half century in the bottom two divisions until earning promotion to Division Two at the end of the 1977/78 season.
A pair of relegations in the early 1980’s saw the club back in the bottom tier for the next decade before a promotion was secured in 1992/93. Financial problems hampered the club at the turn of the century, with the club entering administration and were ultimately relegated to the National League where they remained for 15 years before last season’s title winning season.
The club have also won the Welsh Cup a record 23 times.
Simon Weaver will again be without long-term absentees Toby Sims and Mark Oxley for tomorrow’s clash.