For the fourth season in a row we are away for our last match of the season, and Dean Keates will hope to bring back memories of our most recent victory in our final game, when his penalty helped earn victory at Telford two years ago in his final professional match.
With no victory over Eastleigh since our first meeting in September 2014, we travel south looking to end a four game winless streak against The Spitfires.
Both times we’ve travelled to Eastleigh we’ve emerged with a point, although last season it ought to have been three. We fell behind in the tenth minute, but struck back swiftly as Sean Newton snatched an equaliser in the 18th minute.
Three minutes from the end we had a glorious chance to claim victory when Wes York earned a penalty, but unfortunately Connor Jennings slammed the ball against the crossbar.
We were a little unlucky not to win the previous season too. Our first visit to The Silverlake Stadium saw us fall behind to a seventeenth minute penalty, but within a minute we’d equalised through a beautifully controlled volley from the edge of the box by Louis Moult.
Ten minutes before the break another sharp piece of finishing put us ahead as Neil Ashton latched onto a loose ball created by his initial mishit shot and lashed the ball home. However, we were denied a win when a dubious free kick five minutes from time was fed to James Constable, who scored from a tight angle.
With our left back scoring in both visits to Eastleigh, perhaps James Jennings will fancy his chances of earning some familial bragging rights by opening his Wrexham account where his brother failed from the spot!
Newton also scored against Eastleigh at The Racecourse last season, and is the only Wrexham player to have found the net against them more than once.
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) www.leaderlive.co.uk.