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Wrexham Match Preview

21 February 2014

Team news, stats and general info ahead of Saturday's trip to Wrexham.

General Information

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• The weather forecast for Saturday’s match is partly cloudy with maximum temperatures of 10C.

•Kick-off is at 3pm and you can follow every kick via The Barnet Wall

Introduction
• Barnet travel to Wrexham on Saturday looking to make it four consecutive wins in the Skrill Premier.

• The Bees made it three wins from three under Uli Landvreugd and Dick Schreuder against Grimsby Town at The Hive on Tuesday with an impressive 2-1 victory. 

• Mauro Vilhete opened the scoring within 120 seconds and although Craig Disley equalised in the second-half Jake Hyde stepped up to seal three points.

• Jack Saville missed Tuesday’s win due to a hip injury and he is unlikely to return to face the Dragons. Luisma Villa has also been ruled out due to an ankle injury. 

• Wrexham snatched a late equaliser at The Hive in the reverse fixture earlier in October which was broadcast live on BT Sport. 

• Anthony Acheampong gave the Bees the lead but the away side clinched a point after Edgar Davids and Stephen Wright were both sent off. Johnny Hunt was also dismissed.

• Wrexham are without a win in two but they did pick up an impressive point away to Cambridge United last time out. 

• The Dragons were beaten 1-2 in their last fixture at the Racecourse Ground by relegation-battling Dartford.  

• Wrexham currently sit 12th in the Skrill Premier on 43 points but veteran striker Brett Ormerod still believes the Dragons can clinch a play-off spot.

• Following three wins on the bounce the Bees have reignited their promotion push and they could end the weekend in fourth position with a game in hand over promotion-chasing Nuneaton Town and Salisbury City. 

Team news

Barnet Football Club

• Luisma Villa, Harry Crawford and Luke Gambin will not feature due to injury. 

• Jack Saville is also doubtful after missing Tuesday’s win due to a hip injury. 

• Graham Stack has returned to full training but Nick Jupp is likely to continue between the sticks as the former Arsenal man regains fitness.

The Opposition

• Wrexham Football Club formed in 1864. 

• They are the third oldest club in Wales and the third oldest professional football team in the world. 

• The current campaign is the Dragons’ sixth consecutive season in the Football Conference after relegation in 2008 ended their 87 year stay in the Football League. 

• The Football Conference is the lowest tier the club have played in since they were first elected to the Football League In 1921. 

• Wrexham have recorded a number of cup upsets over the years knocking Arsenal out of the FA Cup in 1992 and beating FC Porto 1-0 in 1984 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

• The Dragons won the Third Division title in 1977/78 and have won the Welsh Cup a record 23 times. 

• They won the Football League Trophy in 2005 at the Millenium Stadium and the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium in 2013.

• Wrexham’s stadium, The Racecourse Ground, is the world’s oldest international stadium that continues to host international games. 

• The record attendance at the ground was set in 1957 when 34,445 spectators watched the Dragons take on Manchester United. 

Current Manager 

• Wrexham FC are currently managed by Andy Morrell.

• Player-Manager Morrell has made seven appearances for the Dragons this season. 

• The 39-year-old is now in his second spell as a player at the Racecourse Ground following an initial spell from 1998 to 2003.  

• Morrell also turned out for Coventry City, Blackpool and Bury before rejoining the Dragons in 2010.   

• On 23 September 2011 he took over as caretaker-manager following the departure of Dean Saunders to Doncaster Rovers. 

• He was appointed player-manager on 29 October 2011 until the end of the season after leading the Dragons to seven wins in nine games. 

• During his first season in charge he led Wrexham to the play-off semi-finals but for a second consecutive season they were beaten by Luton Town.

• During the 2012/13 season Morrell took the Dragons to Wembley on two occasions. The first saw them beat Grimsby Town on penalties in the FA Trophy final but the second ended in defeat as Newport secured a 2-0 win in the Conference play-off final. 

Last time out

18 February 2014
Skrill Premier 
Barnet 2-1 Grimsby Town
Barnet: Jupp, Stephens, Saville, Vilhete (Johnson 68), Marsh-Brown (Cadogan 84), Yiadom, Byrne, Villa, Weston, Lopez (Adams 64), Hyde. 
Subs not used: Mengerink, Abdulla.
Goals: Vilhete 2, Hyde 81.

18 February 2014
Skrill Premier
Cambridge United 0-0 Wrexham
Wrexham: Coughlin, Tomassen, Ashton, Livesey, Carrington, Anyinsah (Ogleby 82), Keates (Ormerod 93), Clarke, Harris, Durrell (Hunt 63), Bishop.
Subs not used: Thornton, Artell.
Goals: n/a

Previous meeting

Saturday 13th October – Barnet 1-1 Wrexham

Edgar Davids was sent off as Barnet were held to a 1-1 draw against Wrexham at The Hive.
The Dutch player/manager received a straight red card for elbowing Stephen Wright who was also dismissed following a mass brawl in the 89th minute.
Anthony Acheampong gave the Bees an early lead but Dan Keates curled home a stunning free-kick in the wake of Davids' red card before Johnny Hunt became the third man to be sent off following a horrific challenge on Curtis Weston.
Barnet: Stack; Acheampong, Stephens, Davids, Saville; Casabella (Abdulla 45), Weston (Vilhete 90); Villa (Allen 74), Cadogan, KMB; Lopez.
Barnet substitutes: Jupp, Mengerink.
Wrexham: Coughlin; Carrington, Artell, Wright, Ashton; Harris (Hunt 89), Keates, Clarke; Anyinsah, Bishop (Bailey-Jones 62), Ormerod (Tomassen 90).
Wrexham substitutes: Mayebi, Ogleby

Last six meetings (stats from Soccerbase)

13 October 2013 – Barnet 1-1 Wrexham
29 March 2008 – Barnet 3-2 Wrexham
20 October 2007 – Wrexham 2-0 Barnet
3 March 2007 – Barnet 1-2 Wrexham
26 August 2006 – Wrexham 1-1 Barnet
4 March 2006 – Barnet 2-2 Wrexham

Overall record v (all competitions) W 5 D 3 L 5


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