PREVIEW: Wrexham v Luton Town

IF Luton could reproduce the performance from their last visit to the Racecourse Ground, there will be some delighted Hatters fans making the trip back from Wales this evening, writes Mike Simmonds.

Then, a stunning first half saw Town fly into a 3-0 lead in the Conference play-off leg encounter, before holding on to take an eventually unassailable lead back to Kenilworth Road.

Prior to that though, Wrexham has been an awful hunting grounds for the Hatters, as they have lost 12 of their 18 visits, with only three wins and three draws.

Wrexham’s home form this season has been very impressive too, with 13 wins from 17 games so far.

You have to go back to September 27 for the last time they were beaten in the league too, 3-1 against Mansfield, as they have taken a superb 31 points from the 33 on offer.

The Dragons have been locked with Fleetwood Town in a battle for top spot all season, a remarkable feat with the financial difficulties that have been engulfing the club over recent times.

Manager Dean Saunders opted to move to Championship side Doncaster Rovers in September, but his departure hasn’t hindered their progress with striker Andy Morrell winning 21 out of his 31 games since taking the hotseat.

The boss is keen for his side to get one over Luton after that play-off defeat too, saying: “It wasn’t too great the way I felt after that game and I don’t think my players want to feel like that again either.

“It’s a chance for us to go a bit further ahead of them but for me a loss isn’t the end of the world.

“We need to put in a performance now that shows that we are worthy of the position we are in.”

Just scrolling down the squad list, it appears to have been a real team effort by the Welsh side too with only Jake Speight on 14 goals in double figures so far.

The rest of the team have chipped as the likes of Mathias Pogba, Jamie Tolley are all regulars on the scoresheet, while even Morrell himself has seven to his name.

Wrexham have also not let the deadline day transfer of fleet-footed right back Curtis Obeng to Premier League side Swansea City affect them, while young goalkeeper Danny Ward also moved to the top-flight, with Liverpool shelling out £100k despite the 18-year-old never having made a senior appearance.

The Dragons have brought in 32-year-old former Liverpool defender Stephen Wright though, who once cost Sunderland £3million when leaving Anfield, and he made his debut in the victory at Kettering on Saturday.

Team news: Hatters are definitely without Amari Morgan-Smith, James Dance, Dan Gleeson, Dan Walker, while Dean Beckwith is also struggling.

For Wrexham, Jay Harris is available again after suspension, while Mark Creighton and Dean Keates have shaken off injuries.

In charge: Andy Morrell – 37-year-old striker, who is now in his second spell at the club and was appointed as player-manager in October after Saunders opted to leave.

Has netted over 100 senior goals over his 12 year career after also playing for the likes of Coventry City, Blackpool and Bury.

View from the opposition: Defender Mark Creighton - “It will be a very tough game, Luton are always decent and we’ve got a bit of breathing space on them, but if we want to beat Fleetwood then we need to win on Wednesday night, a draw isn’t even good enough.

“We definitely need to pick up the three points to keep the pressure on them because they don’t look like letting up, so we’ve got to do exactly the same.”

One to watch: Adrian Cieslewicz – A handful whenever Luton have come up against him in the past, the winger has pace to burn and loves taking on his opponents. Has netted five goals this season.

Last time out: Hatters stunned a packed Racecourse Ground in their Confrerence semi-final first leg play-off encounter when Alex Lawless picked up possesion and drove home a stunner from 25 yards.

Claude Gnakpa then produced a fine finish too, while Ed Asafu-Ajaye netted his first and only Hatters goal as Town were 3-0 in front by the break, which was to ultimately prove a mountain Wrexham couldn’t climb.

Hatters: Mark Tyler, Dan Gleeson, George Pilkington, Zdenek Kroca, Jake Howells, Ed Asafu-Adjaye, Claude Gnakpa (Matthew Barnes-Homer 82), Keith Keane, Robbie Willmott, Alex Lawless, Jason Walker.

Attendance: 7,211.

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