Wednesday 24th July
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Match Preview: Wrexham (H) FA Trophy R2
Saturday sees the arrival of Conference Premier side, Wrexham, in what is a huge cup match for the Whites.
Former Welsh International, Dean Saunders, brings his team to the Ray Mac in good form having just moved into the play-off places in the Conference.
Darrell Clarke’s side experienced a home defeat for the first time this season following the mid-week reversal at the hands of Chippenham. However, it was very much an unfamiliar eleven featuring for the Whites with the line-up also including four youth team debutants.The majority of first team regulars have therefore been rested ahead of Saturday’s second round FA Trophy tie.
Coming through the qualifiers, Salisbury have already beaten Chesham United, Almondsbury Town, Lewes and Basingstoke to reach this stage. Having only entered last round, Wrexham’s progression came after a win over Kidderminster Harriers.
Speaking to the Club’s website Clarke said:
“It’s a great game for the fans and one we’re looking forward to. The players are up for it, they always are. But this is a real test for them and one they’re keen to put themselves through.
Wrexham are on a strong run and our league form’s been good so it has all the ingredients for a great match. We’re obviously the underdogs for this one but we go into it giving it everything. Hopefully the supporters will again turn out in their numbers and create a cracking atmosphere. If you’re reading this, please get yourself along, it really does make a difference with a good crowd behind you and we want to give ourselves every chance.”
Injured trio Jamie Turley, Kayne McLaggon and Jason Silver still remain injury doubts ahead of the cup tie. But the majority of the regular starters for the Whites will have benefitted from a rest in midweek, following their accomplished comeback over promotion hopefuls Hednesford last weekend.
At the start of the season, few would have believed a Zamaretto side could be given a chance against a high-flying conference team. While still very much the underdogs for tomorrow’s match, the result is in no way a formality and many fans believe if the Whites play at the level they have shown themselves to be capable of, there is every chance of a result.
It is then a huge testament to what has been achieved by Darrell Clarke, his assistant Mikey Harris and the team that has been built at the Ray Mac following an unprecedented two-league demotion.
Salisbury have already taken two Conference South scalps to reach this stage, and are now acting as the only representative from the Zamaretto still in the competition. Backed by their ever-loyal support, the Whites walk out with nothing to fear tomorrow afternoon.
The action kicks off at 3pm saturday afternoon.
Live updates will be available on the club’s Twitter page.