Salford City travel to Wrexham for the first time on Boxing Day as they look to put two consecutive league defeats behind them.
Against third place Wrexham it will be a test for The Ammies, and the magnitude of the game hardly needs reinforcing – a Salford win will put them five clear of The Dragons (who have a game in hand), while a Wrexham win will see them leapfrog Salford into second.
The shock and disappointment of losing manager Sam Ricketts to Shrewsbury Town seems to have settled down a bit now with Graham Barrow in charge permanently. In the league he has won one and drawn one without conceding, and has reached the FA Trophy Second Round where Wrexham face Leyton Orient.
As a team, a 2-0 defeat at home to Orient at the end of November is the last time The Dragons were beaten in the league and the last time they conceded a league goal; they have kept three clean sheets in three, albeit two of those were 0-0 draws including last weekend away at Aldershot Town.
Salford, meanwhile, haven’t won on the road since a 3-1 win at Barnet at the end of October, drawing three and losing one. However they are the league’s second top scorers with 48, two behind Harrogate Town (50), and in Wrexham come up against the league’s tightest defence.
Owing to the differences in league – Wrexham were a Football League club before Salford was founded in 1940 – there is no history between the sides to go off, except in the FA Youth Cup in 2017-18 when The Ammies’ Under-18s were beaten on penalties by The Dragons.
This does promise to be a competitive fixture though between two sides going for promotion, before the reverse game on New Year’s Day.
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