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Match details: Wrexham versus Torquay United
Venue: Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Date: Saturday 30th October 2021
Current Form (last six):
Wrexham: L, D, D, W, W, L
Torquay: W, L, L, D, L, W
Wrexham: Paul Mullin (8)
Torquay: Armani Little (5)
Wrexham fact file:
Year founded: 1864
Nickname: The Red Dragons
Last season’s league finish: 8th in the National League
Division Three/Division Two/League One:
Football League Trophy:
Winners 23 times
Manager: Phil Parkinson
Phil Parkinson was chosen to succeed Dean Keates as Wrexham manager by owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney in the summer of 2021. After spending the majority of his playing career with Bury and Reading, Parkinson took charge of Colchester United in 2003; he later led the U’s to an unlikely promotion to the Championship in the 2005-06 season.
Spells with Hull City and Charlton Athletic followed before he took charge of Bradford City in August 2011. He made history during his stint in charge of the Bantams – as he guided them to the EFL Cup final in the 2012-13 campaign after beating Arsenal and Aston Villa enroute before losing to Swansea City. Parkinson also led Bradford to promotion from League Two via the Play-offs later that season following a late run of form. The Bantams followed up their run to Wembley by beating Chelsea 3-2 in the FA Cup In the 2013-14 season.
After leaving Valley Parade in the summer of 2016 to take charge of Bolton Wanderers Parkinson led the Trotters to promotion from League One as runners-up in the 2016-17 season. Despite keeping Bolton in the Championship in the 2017-18 season they were relegated in the following campaign in the wake of financial struggles. These issues came to head in August 2019 when he resigned from his post, by which time the club were in Administration.
A spell in charge of Sunderland followed before he left the Stadium of Light in November 2020 and was replaced by Lee Johnson – Gary Johnson’s son – prior to his appointment as Red Dragons boss.
Player to watch: Ben Tozer
Plymouth-born Ben Tozer joined Wrexham on a three-year deal in the summer of 2021 after helping Cheltenham Town seal promotion from League Two. Tozer, who can play as a centre back or as a central midfielder, started his professional career with Swindon Town in 2007 and later earned a move to Newcastle United. However, he failed to break into the Magpies’ side and joined Northampton Town, following two previous loan spells with the Cobblers in 2011.
Moves to Yeovil Town, Newport County before he joined Cheltenham where he enjoyed arguably the most successful season of his career to date in the 2020-21 campaign. Not only did he help the Robins win promotion to League Two, he also won the club’s Player of the Year award and Player’s Player of the Year prize and was also named in the PFA League Two team of the season.
Date of Birth: 1st March, 1990 – 31 Years Old
Former Clubs: Swindon, Newcastle, Northampton, Colchester, Yeovil Town, Newport County, Cheltenham.
National League Stats 21-22: Played 2, Goals 0, Yellow/Red Cards 0/0
Wrexham: Luke Young
Torquay: Danny Wright
Last meeting: Wrexham 0 – 1 Torquay United, April 5th, 2021
GOALS: TUFC – Sherring (90+3)
Wrexham (4-4-2): Dibble; French, Reece-Johnson, Kelleher, Reckord; Davies (Pearson 90), Young, Harris, Carrington, Jarvis (Rutherford 60), Angus
Torquay (4-4-2): Covolan; Wynter, Sherring, Lewis, Law; Randell, Lemonheigh-Evans (Andrews 55), Hall, Little; Kimpioka (Waters 29), Wright.
Sam Sherring scored a stoppage-time winner as Torquay boosted their automatic promotion hopes with a crucial victory at Wrexham.
Sherring’s strike secured a second successive win after victory against Woking on Good Friday.
Defeat was tough on Wrexham who had created plenty of chances and a second defeat of the Easter weekend dealt a blow to their own play-off hopes. Torquay, meanwhile, remain third and six points behind leaders Sutton United with 11 games of the season remaining.
Tyler French – Aaron Hayden – Shaun Brisley – Jamie Reckord
James Jones – Jordan Davies – Ben Tozer – Liam McAlinden
Paul Mullin – Dior Angus
Torquay United (4-3-3):
Ben Wynter – Joe Lewis – Harry Perritt – Dean Moxey
Armani Little – Chiori Johnson – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans
Klaidi Lolos – Sinclair Armstrong – Dan Holman
TT Pre-Match Talking Points:
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Will Gary keep with the same line up as the victory over King’s Lynn?
Will we finally be able to keep an away clean sheet?