WREXHAM v ALFRETON TOWN PREVIEW
Thursday Apr 5, 2012
Friday, April 6th, 2012
Blue Square Bet Square Premier Division
Wrexham v Town
At the Racecourse Ground
ALFRETON Town take their three-game winning run to title-chasing Wrexham on Good Friday.
Reds boss Nicky Law has a full strength side to pick from. Leading scorer Nathan Jarman is available again after serving a two-match suspension. Winger Nathan Arnold has shaken off a slight hamstring strain and central defender Darran Kempson has recovered from a slight groin strain. He will be keen to return to the side at one of his former stamping grounds having left the Racecourse Ground in 2009.
Law's only quandary is whether to change a winning team, a team which has secured back-to-back away wins at Ebbsfleet United and Braintree Town to extend their run of away wins to four and a run which has helped the side climb to 15th in the table.
Wrexham manager Andy Morrell has signed a two-year extension to his contract this week and everything would appear to be rosy in the garden. Except his side have only taken one point from their last two games and they have slipped eight points behind league leaders Fleetwood Town whom they meet at Highbury next Tuesday, Fleetwood having played a game more than the Dragons.
And despite Alfreton possibly needing a few more points to be absolutely 100 per cent certain of their place in the division for next season, it is fair to say all the pressure will all be on Morrell's side who surely have it all to do to swing the title to North Wales.
In their most recent home outing, Wrexham fell to a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, March 24.
In their last game, Wrexham drew 1-1 at Cambridge United last weekend thanks to a 90th minute equaliser by substitute Robert Ogleby.
The Wrexham side that day was:
Mayebi, S Wright, Creighton, Knight-Percival, Hunt (Leslie 86), Keates (c), Tolley, Harris (Little 58), Pogba, Morrell, Cieslewicz (Ogleby 69).
Substitutes not used: Maxwell, Westwood.
Wrexham won the first encounter between the sides 4-1 at the Impact Arena back on August Bank Holiday Saturday in front of a crowd of 1,161. A Nathan Jarman penalty on 20 minutes equalised a Jake Speight opener on 13 and it was Speight who added the second for the Dragons on 32 minutes before completing a hat-trick from the penalty spot on 56. Mathias Pogba added he fourth on 90 minutes.
Nineteen-goal top scorer Speight is suspended for Friday's game, and Wrexham are expected to line up 4-3-3 with Joslain Mayebi in goal, Stephen Wright at right back, Nat Knight-Percival and Mark Creighton as the central defenders and Neil Ashton at left back. Ashton has completed a two-game suspension and looks likely to be recalled. The midfield three will more than likely be Jay Harris (providing a long-standing back injury doesn't flare up), Dean Keates and Jamie Tolley. The front three will probably be Danny Wright (also returning from suspension), Andy Morrell and Mathias Pogba.
Last eight games, most recent result last
Wrexham: L W W W W L W D
Alfreton Town: D W W W L W W W
Home and away
Wrexham last eight home games: W W W W W W W L
Alfreton Town last eight away games: D W L L W W W W