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By Jake Sapsford
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Wrexham vs Maidenhead United: Vanarama National League, Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 7.45pm kick-off.

The Magpies will hope to extend their strong away record to five consecutive wins with a trip to Wales tonight.

Saturday’s 3-0 win at Sutton took the club up to fourth in the Vanarama National League table, as they now look to continue their impressive form into a new month.

The hosts though will have a point to prove as they look to rectify a defeat against Stockport.

Recent form
Maidenhead have been one of the surprise packages at the start of the new season, with Alan Devonshire guiding the club to fourth spot at the end of August.

Following a recent home setback in a defeat against Bromley, they were able to stabilise themselves to win away at Ganders Green Lane in the next game. An absolute screamer from Shamir Fenelon set the Magpies on their way just after the hour mark, and that strike set the tone for victory. Jake Cassidy doubled their lead with his third of the season, whilst Danny Whitehall carried on his prolific recent form in front of goal from the penalty-spot.

Looking ahead, if the Magpies can continue to surprise and entertain with winning performances, expectations will rise for what they could achieve this season.

The opposition
Wrexham finished fourth in the 2018-19 campaign, but lost in the play-off quarter-final tie against Eastleigh. A strong league campaign ensured that they finished only five points behind champions Leyton Orient.

But, they’ve been unable to replicate that form to make themselves contenders in the early stages of this season. The Red Dragons have made an underwhelming start, as they sit down in 16th place.

Despite a positive opening in which the club picked up seven points from the opening four games, they are now winless in four.
In their last game, a Leighton McIntosh lifeline couldn’t damper the mood as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat against Stockport. That match followed a poor 4-2 defeat at Hartlepool, where they were reduced to ten men.

With it being early in the season, they still have time to improve their form and give themselves a chance of ending their 12-year association with the National League. They will be determined to get their campaign back on track against an in form Magpies side, and any win could revitalise their season.

Last time out
The Red Dragons earned an easy double over the Magpies when the two clubs met last season in the National League.
Early in the season they met at York Road, with the visitors easily claiming a 2-0 away win. They took the lead in the 14th minute as Mike Fondop found the net. A cross from the right eventually fell to the Cameroon striker, and he capitalised on some hesitant defending. Wrexham doubled their lead midway through the first-half with an absolute belter from Jordan Maguire Drew. He cut inside from the right before opening up his body, and guided the ball high into the top left-corner from outside the penalty-area. The win ensured that the Red Dragons continued their unbeaten start to the season.

The second fixture took place in early 2019, with a solitary goal earning Wrexham a 1-0 win. Luke Young was on target midway through the first half, a cut-back from the left was tucked in by the midfielder. Carl Pentney could only parry the ball into the net.

Final note
Maidenhead begin a new month at the Racecourse ground, as they hope to extend their flawless away form and maintain their fourth spot. The hosts will be determined to turn their fortunes around, so both sides will have plenty to fight for.

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Match details

Match date

Tue 03, Sep 2019

Kickoff

19:45

Attendance

3,667

Competition

Vanarama National League

League position

4
Maidenhead United
16
Wrexham