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Wrexham v Sutton preview and live streaming information

23 October 2023

Sutton will look to pick up points away from home for the first time this season on Tuesday, making the trip to Wrexham for the first time since November 2020, with the game being live streamed on our iFollow service. Sutton will be in amber.

That game, played behind closed doors during the Covid pandemic, finished in a 4-0 win to Wrexham after U's players had had a heavily disrupted journey, with the goalless draw at Sutton later in the season continuing the trend of neither side having won a league game on the other's ground.

It was Sutton who won the National League and promotion at the end of that season, though, with Wrexham having to wait until last season to repeat that success and end their fifteen year absence from the EFL after a change of ownership that has propelled the club in to the headlines over the last two years. After an uncertain start when they lost 5-3 at home to MK Dons in their first game, Wrexham have climbed the table and go in to tomorrow's game in fourth place, five points behind leaders Stockport, not having been beaten at home since that opening day defeat.  23 of their 28 league goals have come at home, and they have only failed to score fewer than three at home once, against Doncaster, but they have conceded five goals on three occasions this season, two of those at home and the other away to current leaders Stockport when former U's striker Isaac Olaofe scored a hat trick.

Referee Seb Stockbridge is an experienced official whose only previous refereeing engagement involving Sutton was the EFL Trophy final at Wembley against Rotherham two seasons ago.

There will be no tickets on sale on the night to Sutton supporters, but U's look set to be backed by over 200 followers at a ground where, with the exception of that game in November 2020, there has never been more than one goal between the teams and U's have twice come away with a draw, most memorably in 2017 thanks to a spectacular injury time equaliser from Ross Lafayette while Harry Beautyman was U's scorer in September 2019, the first visit under Matt Gray's management.

We have also been informed by Wrexham that no alcohol will be on sale to Sutton supporters inside the ground.

As it is a midweek game those not travelling can watch the game on our iFollow system for £10 whether at home or abroad, and a match pass can be bought here

The Supporters' club coach is booked for 11.15am for an 11.30 departure. For independent travellers who are driving,, leave the M6 at junction 10A and follow the M54 for its entire length before continuing on the A5 round Shrewsbury and Oswestry until the other side of Chirk. Then take the A483 towards Wrexham at a roundabout. Leave the A483 at junction 5, the A541, and follow signs to Wrexham town centre, and the ground is on the left, postcode LL11 2AH. Look for parking in the university car park adjacent to the ground, price £5.

If travelling by train, unsurprisingly you can't get back from Wrexham after the game. If you want to make the outward journey there are various options from Euston, all requiring at least one change at either Birmingham International or Chester, but to avoid it being very expensive you need to be away from Euston by the 14.33, a train that requires changes at Crewe, Chester and Shotton. Wrexham General station is next to the ground. Further details on the National Rail website here.
 

There is football at the VBS tomorrow with Crystal Palace Under 21s playing Monaco in the second of their Premier League International Cup group games, kick off is 7pm. Further details are here.

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Match report for Wrexham 2 Sutton United 1

24 October 2023

Wrexham 2 (Mullin 14, Lee 89) Sutton United 1(O'Brien 59)

The points may have ended up where the league table suggested they would, but Sutton made Wrexham battle all the way for victory and were beaten only by two superb strikes from Paul Mullin and Elliott Lee, the second two minutes from time a crushing blow for U's who had deservedly levelled early in the second half and defended well as Wrexham increased the pressure in the last ten minutes. However when a cleared corner fell to substitute Lee he struck a volley that flew through a crowded penalty area and unstoppably past Dean Bouzanis.

Ryan Jackson and Harry Beautyman were preferred to Josh Coley and Omari Patrick, while Rob Milsom replaced the unlucky Sam Hart, who suffered a broken wrist. With Jackson in the starting line up U's had the weapon of a long throw and after only two minutes one throw in bounced awkwardly around the Wrexham six yard box before ending up in the hands of Arthur Okonkwo. Wrexham's first threat came when a James McLean corner was headed over by Paul Mullin after Jackson had unluckily seen a charged down clearance rebound off him. However Mullin is among the league's top strikers, and when minutes later Sutton gave him a fraction of space just outside the penalty area his effort flew in to the far corner of the net.

Sutton's first corner of the game, after Omar Sowunmi's long range effort had been deflected wide, saw Ben Goodliffe head just wide and apart from Mullin's fine strike U's coped with Wrexham's threat well in the first half hour, and even came close to an equaliser seven minutes before half time when Aiden O'Brien's low volley from the edge of the penalty area skimmed just wide. There was a scare moments later, though, when Mullin broke free on the right but Ollie Palmer was unable to direct his shot from the resulting low cross, and Dean Bouzanis then made two good saves, keeping out Ryan Barnett's low shot and, when the ball was crossed back in, a Palmer header. The half had a disappointing end for U's when a free kick in a good position was delivered low by N'Guessan and easily cleared.

James Jones sent a shot wide early in the second half after a mix-up between Jackson and Joe Kizzi had allowed Wrexham to break quickly, but Sowunmi then had a chance at the other end as a half cleared free kick fell to him but he volleyed wide from twenty yards.  U's were an increasing threat, though, and just before the hour mark the equaliser came when Smith was put in by Craig Clay on the right and his cross was superbly converted by O'Brien on the volley.

Sutton enjoyed the better of things after the goal, and after a patient build up Clay volleyed wide after O'Brien had laid back Jackson's cross, but moments after Josh Coley and Omari Patrick had come on one of Wrexham's substitutes, Jacob Mendy, clipped the top of the crossbar with a dipping long range shot.  That heralded a spell of pressure from the home side, backed by a home support that had become noticeably edgy earlier in the half while the 276 who had made the  with Ben Tozer hurling throw-ins in to the penalty area and a succession of corners from James McClean, but U's defended superbly, blocking shots and getting headess to crosses. However when Patrick cleared one as far as Lee just outside the penalty area there was no getting in the way of a thumping volley that flew through a crowded penalty area and past Bouzanis, condemning Sutton to a seventh away defeat in the league this season, although one of the least deserved.

Sutton: D Bouzanis, J Kizzi, R Milsom(sub L John 90+2), O Sowunmi, B Goodliffe, C Clay, R Jackson(sub J Coley 78), C N'Guessan, H Smith, H Beautyman (sub O Patrick 78), A O'Brien(sub D Pereira 90+2). Subs n/u S Arnold, T Fadahunsi, D Mellor.

Wrexham: A Okwonko, J Jones(sub E Lee 72), T O'Connor(sub S Dalby 72) E O'Connell(sub B Tozer 30), G Evans, J Tunnicliffe, J Davies, R Barnett(sub J Mendy 69), O Palmer(sub S Fletcher 73) P Mullin, C McClean. Subs n/u M Howard, L Young.  Booked: Tunnicliffe, Mullin, McClean

Referee: Seb Stockbridge

Attendance: 10,190 (276 away)

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