Wrexham striker JJ Hooper.

Unbeaten Wrexham Head To Dover For Longest Trip

Manager Bryan Hughes and his Wrexham team make their longest Vanarama National League away trip of the season when they play Dover in Kent this afternoon.

The Dragons have earned four points from their first two fixtures, beating Barrow at home and drawing 2-2 at Boreham Wood.

“Overall, I’m looking for us to improve our away form year,” says Hughes. “We went a long way towards doing that in midweek and now it’s about trying to be consistent.

“Fixtures come around thick and fast, but we travel to Dover in a positive frame of mind.

“Every away game is going to be tough this season for every team. Our aim is to try and pick up a few more points this year on our travels while maintaining home form.

“It’s always nice when you see new signings scoring goals. We are trying to play with a bit more of an attacking threat, but, on the flip side of that, we are going to concede goals.

“We prided ourselves on clean sheets last season, but didn’t score enough goals.


“My message from day one has been to be more ruthless in front of goal. We had a chance to make it 3-0 at Boreham Wood and that would probably have killed the game off.

“But we didn’t take it and will learn from that. They didn’t break us down and we conceded two sloppy goals.

“We’ll go to Dover in high spirits. Four points from two games, still unbeaten and we’ve put some really positive displays in.”

Wrexham’s four goals this season have come from three different attacking players – JJ Hooper opening the scoring against Barrow, Mark Harris netting at Boreham Wood and Bobby Grant firing home in both.

“I’d like goals spread all the way through the team, but the main thing is for the forward players to score those early goals and feel that confidence boost straight away,” he said.

“Bobby, JJ and Mark Harris have all scored now. I don’t want Bobby and Mark to be wingers, I want them to be playing inside the structure, where they take up positions to hurt teams.”

Hughes says Akil Wright is training again after a virus, while goalkeeper Rob Lainton is a couple of weeks away from fitness.

On the opening day of the season, Dover travelled to the Proact Stadium to take on Chesterfield and won 2-1.

In midweek they went down 2-1 against Dagenham & Redbridge. 

Dover’s Alfie Pavey is joint-top goal scorer in the National League with three goals in his opening two games.

Two Wrexham home matches will be broadcast live on BT Sport television over the first three months of next season.

TV cameras will be at the Racecourse for Wrexham v Sutton United on Saturday, September 15 (5.20pm) and Wrexham v Chesterfield on Saturday, October 12 (5.20pm)

All 24 Clubs in The National League will be shown live by the broadcaster within the first three months of the campaign (see list below).


Vanarama National League fixtures being shown live on BT Sport television over the first three months of the season


Saturday 3: Stockport County v Maidenhead United (12.30pm)

Saturday 10: Notts County v Barnet (5.20pm)

Saturday 17: Barrow v Yeovil Town (5.20pm)

Saturday 24: Torquay United v Aldershot Town (5.20pm)

Monday 26: Solihull Moors v Eastleigh (7.45pm)

Saturday 31: Chorley v Boreham Wood (5.20pm)


Wednesday 4: Dagenham & Redbridge v Bromley (7.45pm)

Saturday 7: Hartlepool United v Woking (7.30pm)

Saturday 14: Wrexham v Sutton United (5.20pm)

Saturday 21: AFC Fylde v Eastleigh (5.20pm)

Saturday 28: Dover Athletic v FC Halifax Town (5.20pm)


Saturday 5: Harrogate Town v Ebbsfleet United (5.20pm)

Thursday 10: Stockport County v Hartlepool United (7.45pm)

Saturday 12: Wrexham v Chesterfield (5.20pm)


Wrexham’s full 2019-20 National League schedule


Sat 3 Wrexham 2, Barrow 1

Tues 6 Boreham Wood 2, Wrexham 2

Sat 10 – Dover Athletic A

Tues 13 – FC Halifax Town H

Sat 17 – Notts County A

Sat 24 – Barnet H

Mon 26 – Hartlepool United A

Sat 31 – Stockport County H


Tues 3 – Maidenhead United H

Sat 7 – Solihull Moors A [Scottish Challenge Cup R3]

Sat 14 – Sutton United H

Sat 21 – Aldershot Town A

Tues 24 – AFC Fylde A

Sat 28 – Ebbsfleet United H


Sat 5 – Woking A

Tues 8 – Harrogate Town H

Sat 12 – Chesterfield H [Scottish Challenge Cup R4]

Sat 19 – Emirates FA Cup 4Q

Sat 26 – Dagenham & Redbridge A

Tues 29 – Torquay United A


Sat 2 – Bromley H

Sat 9 – Emirates FA Cup R1

Sat 16 – Eastleigh A [Scottish Challenge Cup QF]

Sat 23 – Yeovil Town H

Tues 26 – AFC Fylde H

Sat 30 – Ebbsfleet United A [Emirates FA Cup R2]


Sat 7 – Solihull Moors H

Sat 14 – Buildbase FA Trophy R1

Sat 21 – Sutton United A

Tues 26 – Chorley H

Sat 28 – Maidenhead United A


Wed 1 – Chorley A

Sat 4 – Aldershot Town H [Emirates FA Cup R3]

Sat 11 – Buildbase FA Trophy R2

Sat 18 – Woking H

Sat 25 – Harrogate Town A [Emirates FA Cup R4]


Sat 1 – Dagenham & Redbridge H

Sat 8 – Chesterfield A [Buildbase FA Trophy R3]

Sat 15 – Torquay United H [Scottish Challenge Cup SF]

Sat 22 – Bromley A

Sat 29 – Yeovil Town A [Buildbase FA Trophy R4]


Wed 4 – Emirates FA Cup R5

Sat 7 – Eastleigh H

Sat 14 – Barrow A

Sat 21 – Boreham Wood H [Emirates FA Cup QF/Buildbase FA Trophy SF1]

Sat 28 – FC Halifax Town A [FA Trophy SF2/Scottish Challenge Cup Final]


Sat 4 – Dover Athletic H

Fri 10 – Hartlepool United H

Mon 13 – Barnet A

Sat 18 – Notts County H [Emirates FA Cup SF]

Sat 25 – Stockport County A


Sun 17 – Buildbase FA Trophy Final

Sat 23 – Emirates FA Cup Final

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