Accrington Stanley host Wrexham at Wham Stadium this Saturday in a big weekend of League Two football. Both sides sit in the top half and both are within touching distance of the top of the table and the Play-offs.
Accrington currently sit eighth in League Two after 17 games. The Owd Reds have eight wins, two draws and seven losses, leaving them on 26 points just two points from Barrow in the final Play-off place.
In their last five games in all competitions, Accrington have one win, one draw and three losses. Joe Pritchard and Tommy Leigh gave Accrington a 2 - 0 lead going into halftime and within a minute of the second half Pritchard completed his brace for a 3 - 0 lead. Omar Bugiel scored twice to get Wimbledon back in the game but a late goal from Bradley Hills gave Accrington the 4 - 2 win. However, Accrington were given a shock when they hosted Colchester. Joe Taylor scored the only goal of the game in the second half to give Colchester the 1 - 0 win.
In the First round of the FA Cup, Accrington travelled to Doncaster. An own goal from Kelvin Mellor gave Doncaster an early lead, but Shaun Whalley equalised late on. Doncaster regained the lead through Harrison Biggins but another equaliser came from Seamous Conneely as the game finished 2 - 2. Hill was sent off in the loss to Crawley Town where despite taking an early lead through Jack Nolan, a goal from Will Wright and a brace from Danilo Orsi gave Crawley the 3 - 1 win.
The last time out for Accrington was in the Football League Trophy against Doncaster. Pritchard grabbed an early goal but Zain Westbrooke and Joe Ironside both scored to give Doncaster the 2 - 1 win.
Wrexham, on the other hand, sit second in League Two. In 17 games, Wrexham have nine wins, six draws and two losses which leaves them a point within the automatic promotion spots and five points from top of the table Stockport.
In their last five games in all competitions, Wrexham have five wins. Paul Mullin opened the scoring for Wrexham in the first half, but Aiden O’Brien levelled the game in the second half. However, Elliot Lee scored in the 89th minute to grab a 2 - 1 win for Wrexham. Lee was on the scoresheet again against Notts County and was joined by Ollie Palmer in the 2 - 0 win for Wrexham.
In the First round of the FA Cup, Wrexham took on Mansfield Town. Sam Dalby and Mullin put Wrexham into a commanding 2 - 0 lead. Despite a goal from Rhys Oates in the 60th minute, Wrexham held on for a 2 - 1 win . In the Football League Trophy, Wrexham hosted Port Vale. Joshua Thomas gave Port Vale the lead, but Mullin and James McClean gave Wrexham another 2 - 1 win.
The most recent outing for Wrexham was against Gillingham. Palmer scored in the first minute and then Ben Tozer doubled the lead in the 71st minute to give Wrexham a 2 - 0 win.
Accrington and Wrexham have met just four times in their histories, with the first meeting coming as recently as 2006. Accrington have been on the winning side on three occasions whereas Wrexham have only won once, with there never being a draw in this fixture.