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Wrexham v Dartford

 

The top two form teams go head to head when the Darts travel to Wrexham in the Conference Premier on Saturday.

In Dartford’s first ever visit to the Racecourse Ground both sides will be confident having put together decent runs in the league.

Wrexham have tasted defeat just once this season, at second place Macclesfield Town, and are seven matches unbeaten. On top of the form guide for the last half dozen games are Dartford who have won five and lost once.

The Darts have managed an astonishing record against former football league clubs this season having seen off Kidderminster Harriers, Cambridge United and Newport County. The latest scalp came on Saturday when Princes Park was sent into raptures after an excellent 4-0 victory versus Hereford United.

On Tuesday, Tony Burman’s side warmed up with a Kent Senior Cup tie against Faversham Town in which they won 2-1. A brace from PURE DFC’s man of the match Nathan Collier put the Darts two up before experienced striker Danny Hockton lashed in a consolation. First team débuts were handed out to goalkeeper Steve Sutton and striker Jay Porter. Whilst George Monger and Lee Martin also made their first appearances coming on as substitutes.

Racecourse Ground: Home of Wrexham

Wrexham may sit in fourth place but are just a point behind league leaders Newport County. The Welsh club’s tight defence has enabled the team to pick up victories despite scoring just 13 so far. The Reds have conceded a meagre five goals boasting the stingiest defence in the league, currently going 294 minutes without conceding at home. The only time their defence has been breached at the Racecourse Ground came in their opening day 3-1 win against Woking.

Last season’s runners up missed out on promotion losing to Luton Town in the playoff semi-finals despite recording a massive 98 points in the campaign. On the weekend the Reds faced the Hatters again where the second biggest Conference Premier crowd of the season witnessed a 0-0 draw.

Over the summer player manager Andy Morrell recruited the high profile signing of Brett Ormerod, the former Southampton and Blackpool striker has featured in every game but has yet to get off the mark. The 35 year old has now been joined by Andy Bishop who made his début in Saturday’s goalless draw.

Bishop’s on-off loan move to the Racecourse Ground was finally resolved when the Bury striker gained international clearance, as well as having his registration accepted by the Football Conference. The 29 year old is in his seventh year with Bury having experienced the Conference Premier before with York City.

Team News

Adam Green returned to action in the week and managed a full ninety minutes. The full back had not featured since the injury he picked up against Kidderminster Harriers almost a month ago. Louis Wells is not quite ready to return and so Marcus Bettenelli will continue between the sticks. Tom Champion is one caution away from a one match suspension after picking up four yellow cards this campaign.

Danny Devine has agreed to join Wrexham on loan from Fleetwood as manager Andy Morrell looks to strengthen an already tight defence.

Current Form

Dartford (WLWWWW) Wrexham (DWWWWD)
Hereford United H 4-0 Luton Town A 0-0
Gateshead A 0-2 Cambridge United A 4-1
Newport County H 2-1 Hyde H 2-0
Alfreton Town H 5-1 Newport County H 2-0
Cambridge United A 2-1 Tamworth A 1-0
Kidderminster Harriers H 1-0 Grimsby Town H 0-0

Did you know…

After Hereford United escaped non league football in 1972 they returned for seven years between 1997 and 2004.

The Bulls were the last English club competing in an English League to have won the Welsh Cup back in 1990. The Bulls defeated Wrexham 2-1 at Cardiff Arms Park.

Stats
The first goal has been important for both sides this season. In games featuring Dartford the side who scores first has gone on to win the match. Wrexham have yet to lose after going ahead in each of their league fixtures.

10 – Dartford and Wrexham have had ten different league scorers each this season. Harry Crawford tops the Darts scoring chart with 5 (all at home) whilst Danny Wright leads for Wrexham with 3 goals (all away).

66 – The Darts have conceded the fewest fouls in the Conference Premier this season.

109 – Wrexham have won the most number of fouls in the division.

3553 – Wrexham’s average home support, only bettered by Luton Town (6357).

* Stats taken from bbc.co.uk and skysports.com

 

 

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