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PREVIEW | Chesterfield vs Wrexham

An epic promotion encounter.

21 February 2022

There are few fixtures in the National League more alluring than Wrexham v Chesterfield, and this chapter of the rivalry is timed to perfection.

With the promotion race remarkably close, both sides desperately need a positive result. The Spireites are 6 points ahead, but Wrexham have a game in hand and our terrific away record has seen us accumulate 9 wins on the road - 8 of which have come in the last 12 games. Chesterfield, meanwhile, are going through a period of turmoil, with an unexpected change of manager followed by serious injuries to key players as they lost their top spot in the league. 

Most shockingly, the National League's top scorer, Kabongo Tshimanga, who has scored 24 goals in 27 league games this season, is facing a long lay-off after breaking his leg at Weymouth. Of course, Wrexham's top scorer will also be missing as Paul Mullin is serving the last match of his suspension.

Mullin scored a late equaliser when the sides met earlier in the season, latching onto a Ben Tozer throw after Chesterfield put on the best performance against Wrexham this season. Wrexham were grateful to Rob Lainton for keeping them in the game by saving a Tshimanga penalty.

This is the second in a massive sequence of four testing home games for The Spireites, and it started badly with a 3-2 loss to Solihull Moors last Saturday. They raced into a 2-0 lead but within two minutes Curtis Weston was sent off and the game turned dramatically. A late challenge on Jak McCourt, which remarkably was not even considered to be a foul by the referee, led to him leaving the game on a stretcher as the home side had to finish with 9 men. Weston wil join Jeff King on the sidelines on Tuesday as both are suspended.



Wrexham have a remarkably unfortunate habit of conceding decisive late goals at Chesterfield since their rivalry renewed in the National League: in each of our three league games at The Technique Stadium we've been denied late on.

Akwasi Asante scored both goals last season as The Spireites won 2-1. He struck after just 8 minutes, but Luke Young equalised from the spot. However, in the 89th minute Wrexham lost the ball in midfield and Asante swept in to grab the winner.

While Wrexham couldn't really complain about that 2-1 defeat, our late loss the season before was particularly bitter. We outplayed the Spireites and led twice, first through an own goal and then Jordan Ponticelli, but they came back to clinch the win in the 94th minute as Weston's shot crashed into the underside of the bar and dropped down just over the line.

We’d already played an FA Cup tie at Chesterfield earlier in the campaign, drawing thanks to a Bobby Grant goal and then going through thanks to a JJ Hooper winner in the replay.

Our first match against Chesterfield in the National League looked to be heading our way as Brad Walker's frst half penalty meant we were in the lead as the game went into added time. However, despite being n control for much of the game, Sam Ricketts' side had been forced to defend their slender lead desperately in the closing stages, and paid the price when they conceded a 91st minute equaliser.

Our biggest away win over Chesterfield was in September 1976, when Billy Ashcroft hit four goals in a 6-0 win. His feat was matched in January 2005, when Juan Ugarte hit all our goals in a 4-2 win.

Ashcroft and Karl Connolly are our top scorers against Chesterfield with 8 goals apiece.


20220219161814_IMG_1090.jpgCallum McFadzean's 225th career appearance.20220219164750_IMG_1416.jpg

Jordan Davies' 75th league appearance.20220219152328_IMG_0643.jpg

Reece Hall-Johnson's 50th league appearance for Wrexham.


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Match Reports

REPORT | Chesterfield 0-2 Wrexham

Ollie Palmer’s double lifts Wrexham to away win

22 February 2022

Ollie Palmer’s second-half double earned Wrexham all three points in front of 1,851 travelling fans as the Red Dragons beat promotion rivals Chesterfield at the Technique Stadium.

After a string of stunning first-half saves by an inspired Rob Lainton kept Wrexham in the game, Phil Parkinson’s tactical switch paid dividends as the Red Dragons turned the screw after the break.

Palmer headed in the first and bundled home the second, both in front of the away supporters, as Wrexham returned to North Wales victorious.

Bryce Hosannah replaced Callum McFadzean in the only change to the starting line-up from Saturday’s dramatic win at Wealdstone, but Wrexham struggled to find rhythm early on.

Chesterfield, on the other hand, laid siege to the Red Dragons’ penalty area and it was only the brilliance of Lainton that kept the scores level.

Mandeville was the first to test the Wrexham stopper, forcing a good save from 25 yards out on eight minutes, with a low shot that dipped awkwardly.

George Miller then drove down the left wing on 17 minutes, as he did to great success early on, and found Akwasi Asante but again Lainton was equal to the striker’s shot.

Lainton’s third key save was perhaps the pick of the early bunch, racing off his line to save with his legs as Asante ran onto an inch-perfect through ball on 21 minutes.

Tom Whelan was next to try his luck, but Lainton parried clear and Joe Quigley was flagged offside as he converted the rebound on 25 minutes.

Wrexham responded with a tactical switch, however, that stemmed the Chesterfield flow as Luke Young dropped deep to support Tom O’Connor, behind Dan Jarvis and Jordan Davies.

Aaron Hayden should have scored for Wrexham on 31 minutes, as Ollie Palmer headed a deep cross back inside, but the centre-back shot straight at Scott Loach.

Liam McAlinden replaced Jarvis at half-time, and Wrexham started the second-half much better.

Palmer should have broken the deadlock on 53 minutes, when Hayden headed O’Connor’s free-kick inside to pick him out unmarked, but he blazed over.

A minute later, Reece Hall-Johnson was convinced he should have had a penalty when Loach challenged him in the area, but the goalkeeper was adjudged to have touched the ball behind.

Wrexham’s pressure paid off on 57 minutes, however, when another set piece was headed back inside by Max Cleworth and Palmer nodded in from close range.

Whelan brought another fine save from Lainton on 66 minutes – perhaps his best of the game – as he clawed his long-range effort away from the top corner. Asante then fluffed a shot from close-range straight at the Wrexham goalkeeper too.

And the visitors took full advantage as, after a goalmouth scramble, Palmer prodded in the second.

Chesterfield threw men forward, including giant substitute Tom Denton, and also introduced Saidou Khan and Joe Rowley from the bench, but they could not break down a stubborn Wrexham defence.

And after eight minutes of added time, it was the Red Dragons left to celebrate a third straight win.


Wrexham: Lainton, Hall-Johnson, Hayden, Tozer, Cleworth, Hosannah, O’Connor, Young, Davies, Jarvis (McAlinden 46), Palmer.

Subs not used: Dibble, French, McFadzean, Ponticelli

Chesterfield: Loach, Whittle, Maguire, Grimes, Williams (Rowley 79), Miller, Kellerman, Whelan, Mandeville (Khan 84), Quigley (Denton 75), Asante

Subs not used: Wharton, Kerr

Referee: Garreth Rhodes

Attendance: 7,854


Wrexham: Hayden (foul), Lainton (time wasting)

Chesterfield: Williams (foul), Whelan (foul)

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Ticket News

CHESTERFIELD TICKET UPDATE | Extra bus available; ticket collection at Racecourse closes at 12pm

One more supporters’ bus now available; ticket collections at the Racecourse Ground close at mid-day and will be made available at Chesterfield before the game

22 February 2022

Please see the following important information about tonight’s game away to Chesterfield, at the Technique Stadium, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

All tickets for this game have now sold out. Thank you for your incredible support, and we’re looking forward to seeing – and hearing – you all at Chesterfield tonight.

Ticket collections

All tickets must be collected ahead of tonight’s game. We have been supplied paper tickets by Chesterfield for this game, and there are no eTicket/print-at-home options available.

We are urging all Wrexham supporters to make every effort to pick your ticket up from the Racecourse Ground before leaving for tonight’s game. Ticket collections will be open in the Club Shop until 12pm.

In light of the inclement weather conditions over the last few days, however, we understand not all supporters have been able to travel to collect their tickets.

Any uncollected tickets will be taken to Chesterfield, and will be available to pick up from their ticket office this evening.

Wherever possible, please try to pick your tickets up from the Racecourse Ground before 12pm.

Please ensure you have your booking details available, including your block, row and seat number and the name the booking was made in, to assist the Chesterfield ticket office staff.

Extra supporter bus available

Due to popular demand, we can confirm we have managed to secure one extra supporter’s coach for this game. Tickets can be booked online via our eTicketing website and cost £16 for adults and £14 for juniors. Coaches will depart from the Mold Road at 4.30pm.

Please note, under-14s must be accompanied by an adult and alcohol is strictly prohibited by law on supporter buses.

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