08:00AM, Saturday 02 December 2017
TOUGH, but not insurmountable, is Alan Devonshire’s view on the task facing Maidenhead United at third-placed Wrexham today (Saturday).
Wrexham have been one of the league’s form sides of late, but they slipped up away at new leaders Aldershot Town at the weekend, and Devonshire is wary of the Dragons’ backlash.
He’ll also be without a number of players through injury for the clash, with winger Sam Barratt likely to be out for between six and eight weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Macclesfield Town.
Defender Jake Goodman and midfielder James Comley are also set to miss the trip to Wales while James Mulley remains sidelined after his red card in the latter stages of last week’s 2-2 draw at Eastleigh.
It seems like the cards are stacked against the Magpies picking up a win, but Devonshire just said they’ll go there and ‘see what they can do’ with the players they have at their disposal.
“Yeah, it’s going to be tough,” said Devonshire.
“They lost last weekend as well so they’ll be looking to bounce back. I think they’ve got one of the best home records in the league so it’s going to be difficult, but we’ll see what we can do.”
The Magpies got an early lesson in the unforgiving nature of this league when they lost 2-1 to Wrexham in their first home game back in August.
The Magpies more than matched Dean Keates’ much-altered side on the night, but Manny Smith scored with two headers to seal the points for the Reds.
“I felt that we deserved more from that match,” said Devonshire.
“We definitely didn’t deserve to lose it, put it that way. But listen, at the end of the day we’ll go there having lost just once in eight matches. We’re going there in decent form and, yes, we’ve got a few injuries at the moment but we’ll just try to get over that.”
Barratt’s injury is another blow for the Magpies, who’ll miss his spark and invention in the coming weeks.
“It’s a bad one,” Devonshire added.
“He’ll be out until after Christmas. It will be between six and eight weeks.
“It’s a shame for the lad because he’s done well and he was playing more. We’re also without James Comley and Jake Goodman on Saturday but hopefully they’ll be back for the week after.”
Wrexham's manager Keates expects there to be a reaction from his Dragons side to their defeat against Aldershot Town.
The Reds were top of the table heading into last weekend’s clash at The Shots but they were outgunned, losing 2-0. Wrexham trail the new league leaders Aldershot on goal difference, but have scored just 20 goals this season.
“We will get ready for Maidenhead,” he said.
“We are going into a crucial period now coming up to Christmas and the halfway mark. We have got a big game at home, we will regroup for it and make sure there is a reaction.”
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