PREVIEW: Wrexham AFC v Torquay United

Our recent from against Torquay is solid, with five wins and just two defeats in our last twelve clashes.

We won the last two times The Gulls travelled to North Wales. Last season we trailled at the break in our first home game of the season, but goals from Dom Vose, Connor Jennings and James Grey sealed a 3-1 win.

Six months earlier we beat them 2-1 through goals from Joe Clarke and Louis Moult in the first leg of the FA Trophy semi-final, before rounding off a 5-1 aggregate win at Plainmoor. A goalless draw at The Racecourse three weeks earlier was the only one of four clashes between the sides that season which Moult didn’t score in.

Moult’s heroics against Torquay mean he is our equal top scorer in this fixture, alongside Albert Kinsey, Jim Steel and Barry Horne.

Oddly, we won our first two games at Torquay, but The Gulls won their first two games at The Racecourse! Since then away victories have been rather thin on the ground since for both sides. In 32 subsequent games in Wrexham, Torquay have won just two.

Their last win at The Racecourse came in February 1988, when they triumphed 3-2 despite goals from Joe Hinnigan and Kevin Russell.

Surprisingly, the biggest crowd this fixture has attracted was a huge 9,920 at The Racecourse in March 1966, despite the fact that it came near the end of a season when Wrexham finished bottom of the Fourth Division.

This is my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c)

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