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15 March 2013

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All you need to know ahead of trip to the Racecourse

Where? The Racecourse Ground...Familiarity aside, Wrexham have been situated inside the plush facilities in North Wales since 1864.

Getting there It’s a fairly familiar journey for the hardcore Hatters fans, who will have travelled to the Racecourse five times in the past four seasons.  If you’re unfamiliar to the trip, simply tap LL11 2AH into the trusty sat-nav.

Pitch perfect The playing surface at the Racecourse has played host to a range of sporting fixtures including the Welsh National Rugby team, the National football team and Championship Rugby League outfit North Wales Crusaders.

Trip advisor The journey will set you back just over 160 miles, doorstep to doorstep, and if you’re sticking to the M1 route it will be just under three hours, so be sure to fill up before departing - it could be an early start.

Boarder bound The Hatters will cross the Welsh boarder for the second time this season after their trip to Newport in December. They’ll be hoping for an improvement on the 5-2 scoreline they were on the receiving end of that night.

Night night For the first time in six visits, the Town will be travelling to the Racecourse for a 3pm Saturday kick-off. All previous fixtures at Wrexham have been midweek evening kick-offs. 

Bob bob bobbing along Don’t fancy driving? Let the coach take the strain. The coach leaves the Maple Road car park at 9.30am and the fare is £22 for adults and £19 for concessions. Give them a call to book: 01234 856542.

Recent memories The two sides have endured each other’s gruelling company on more than one occasion in recent seasons, including four times in the last two seasons. On the Town’s last visit, for the Play-Off semi-final second leg, it was Paul Buckle's Hatters that progressed to the final, despite the Dragons snatching the game 2-1.

Home advantage It has not been a happy hunting ground for teams this season with Wrexham being beaten just twice from 17 home games in the league.

Head2Head Town 16 wins, Wrexham 19 wins, eight draws.

Town triple The Hatters have visited the Racecourse 20 times in their history, winning just three, but one of those was a comprehensive 3-0 victory back in May 2011 in a first leg Play-Off semi-final.

The gift of goals One thing that is guaranteed when you visit Wrexham is goals from the home side. They have scored more goals at home this season than anyone else with the net bulging 40 times.

Starred for both There are not many links between the two sides but one player who is held in high esteem through both sets of supporters is Carlos Edwards. The Trinidad & Tobago International made over 100 appearances for Wrexham before joining the Hatters for a two-year spell.

Scoring touch The last time the Hatters beat Wrexham was last season's Play-Off home leg where goals from Stuart Fleetwood and Andre Gray gave the Town a 2-0 win. Skipper George Pilkington bagged the decisive goal away in Wales.

Team news Town boss John Still will be without Scott Neilson and Stuart Fleetwood (both hernia) and Alex Lawless and Janos Kovacs (both hamstring) for the trip to North Wales. Strikers Jon Shaw and Scott Rendell will travel with the squad after overcoming injuries, as will new signing Solomon Taiwo.

How to get in? Through the turnstiles.

No need for that – how much is it? Sorry...prices: £18 adults, £12 over-60s and under-21s, £5 over-80s and under-16s, £2 under-11s.

Still says “We’re going to be in transition, we’re going to be in a massive transition, massive.

“There’s going to be lots, lots of changes, I can tell you that.

“The question that I always have to ask is what players can play for this club in a team to get us out of this league.

“That’s the only key element that I need to focus on. Find out who can and who can’t.

“Sometimes even the ones who can’t, they can’t go before you get people in who can.

“So it’s a process that’s going to be ongoing. When someone quite rightly says how long will it take to get there, I don’t know.

“We will get there, but it might be a year, 18 months, to get all of the components how I want. I hope it doesn’t, but it might do.”

Wanna bet? League sponsors Blue Square price the Hatters at a massive 100/30 to return from the Racecourse with all three points. Title-chasing Wrexham are 4/5. The draw’s a 11/5 shot.

Follow it live Remember they’ll be live coverage of the Town’s trip to Wrexham on the official website, Hatters Player and through our social media streams. Live audio commentary and text commentary during the action before reports, interviews and photographs post-match for you. And don’t forget, Hatters Player is available on a FREE 14-day trial. Click here to sign up.


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