BRISTOL Rovers stand between Wrexham and a fourth successive appearance in the final of the Isle of Man Festival.
The Pirates won a thrilling penalty shoot-out 6-5 against Port Vale last night after the two sides shared a 2-2 draw at 90 minutes.
The results means the Dragons, who beat Vale 1-0 in Sunday's opener, must defeat Rovers in Peel tonight if they are to edge closer to a seventh tournament success.
Midfielder Dean Bennett is Wrexham ' s only doubt for tonight's clash.
The newcomer from Kidderminster Harriers picked up a minor thigh strain on Sunday and manager Denis Smith is anxious to avoid the risk of aggravating the problem.
"Dean didn't train this morning as a precaution and, although he's confident he will be available tomorrow, I'm inclined to rate him as doubtful," he said..
With the prestigious Race-course friendly against Liverpool coming just 24 hours after tonight's match, Smith will again take advantage of using 16 play-ers during the game and Shaun Pejic and Levi Mackin, who missed out altogether on Sunday, are definite starters as is Matt Baker, the only goalkeeper in Wrexham's squad.
"We'll mix it up again, much as we did against Port Vale," added Smith. "We owe it to our fans and to Liverpool to put out a decent side on Wednesday but we want to reach the final of this competition as well."
The Racecourse boss involved his players in a team-bonding session of beach cricket yesterday afternoon and said he was delighted with the way his five summer signings had settled into the club.
"This trip is an ideal opportunity for them to get to know each other and the rest of the lads," he said..
"They are all good professionals but it does take time to settle in. Already, though, we are beginning to see the benefits on the pitch.
"Alex Smith had a spell in central mid-field on Sunday for the first time since he was in Everton's reserves.
"Andy Holt is a bit behind the other lads in terms of fitness because he started so much later than the rest and the same could be said of Dean.
"But everyone is not yet as sharp as they will be by the start of the season."
Meanwhile, new signing Danny Williams was delighted to get off the mark for the Dragons on Sunday with the winner against Port Vale.
The midfielder, who stroked home a superb free-kick in the 85th minute, said: "I tried one in the first half but that ballooned over the crossbar!
"At least I got it right at the second attempt.
"That's another game under our belts and I'm glad we didn't have to settle it on penalties."