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PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Grimsby Town

The fans are back for a big night under the lights.

24 January 2022

After Saturday's excellent victory at Yeovil, it's back to The Racecourse on a massive night of National League football.

With Halifax hosting Boreham Wood, at least one of the top 5 is bound to drop points, and with league leaders Chesterfield not in action, there's scope for the top end of the table to undergo a reshuffle.

A chance to regain ground on the pace-setters would certainly suit Grimsby. They set a hot early pace in their attempt to bounce straight back into the EFL, and hit the top of the table in September. However, since then they've relinquished their control of the title race and, while they're still well and truly in the promotion shake-up, they currently lie in tneth spot, five points off the play-offs.

Saturday's defeat at home to Bromley was a real blow, allowing their visitors to open up an 8-point gap over The Mariners, and a 2-0 win over Altrincham the Saturday before is their only win in 7. Indeed they've lost 9 of their last 12 matches, including an FA Cup upset at the hands of Kidderminster Harriers.


imagec68jl.pngimagedzml4.pngWrexham are seeking to avenge the 3-1 loss we suffered at Grimsby earlier this season, but we’ll be bucking the recent trends in this fixture if we achieve that. Wrexham fans of a nervous disposition should look away now, because recent clashes have gone horribly for us.

We’ve struggled to score past The Mariners – we’ve only scored 4 goals past them in our last 10 clashes. If you scratch the surface of those stats, it gets even worse. Our FA Trophy victory over the Mariners came via a penalty shoot-out, and although our emphatic performance ought to have been rewarded with more than a 1-1 draw, it fitted into the pattern of struggling to pierce the Grimsby defence. Kevin Thornton’s goal was our first past them in 279 minutes, and that came from the penalty spot; we’d waited 318 minutes for a goal in open play, since Chris Westwood got his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw in April 2012.

We scored in our next clash after the final, but it was future Wrexham skipper (and current Grimsby cult hero!) Shaun Pearson who scored in a 3-1 loss.

In total we went 644 minutes without a Wrexham player scoring against The Mariners in open play, between Westwood’s strike and Joe Clarke’s winner at Blundell Park in April 2015. Not that we should turn our noses up at own goals after last Saturday!

Grimsby have kept clean sheets in six of our last ten clashes, and have shut us out on their last 4 visits to The Racecourse, two of which they won. Town have tended to go home from North Wales happy in recent years, as we’ve won just 4 of our last 16 home games against them, losing 7, and are unbeaten in their last 5 games here since Jay Harris and Andy Morrell scored in the last 20 minutes to earn a 2-0 win in January 2011.

Not that they’ve ever really dished out a thrashing to us on our own patch, but Town have consistently found a way to get a result here, achieving their best winning margin of 2-0 seven times in twenty eight matches.

Take out a fantastic run of results against them spread between 1925 and 1972 when we won ten consecutive home games against them, and our total of fifteen wins at The Racecourse doesn’t look too clever.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Back in May 1955 we enjoyed receiving Grimsby as we won 5-0 on the last day of the season. Eric Betts got two with Arthur Gwatkin, Ron Hewitt and Billy Green getting the others.

Another emphatic home win came in September 1953, and it was notable for the only Wrexham hat trick against Grimsby. Tommy Tilston got to keep the match ball after a 4-0 win played out in front of the best crowd to have come to watch this game at The Racecourse, 13,748.

Tilston is our equal top scorer in this fixture having ended up with five goals against Town, a total which was later equalled by Dave Smallman. Hewitt, Arfon Griffiths, Graham Whittle and Chris Armstrong stand two goals further back.


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Rob Lainton's 125th Wrexham appearance.

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James Jones' 225th career league appearance.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 1-0 Grimsby Town

Wrexham in paradise, as new signing Ollie Palmer floats ashore to find the Reds a treasured three points against Grimsby Town.

25 January 2022

The return of fans to the Racecourse lived up to expectations, as new signing Ollie Palmer scored on debut to deliver all three points to Wrexham in a 1-0 victory against Grimsby Town.

A scramble in the Grimsby penalty area in the 35th minute, resulted in number 35 Palmer slotting the ball home before the new signing darted towards the home-again Wrexham fans to celebrate.

Chances engulfed the game and heroics from Rob Lainton were paramount in keeping the likes of John McAtee out and securing all three points. 

The returns of fans to the Racecourse saw them greeted by record signing Palmer, who started immediately up front in place of Kwame Thomas.

Liam McAlinden has been seen as a versatile player under Phil Parkinson and this was seen tonight, as he filled in at left wing-back for the injured Bryce Hosannah.

Former Wrexham captain Shaun Pearson made his return to the Racecourse for the first time since leaving in the summer to a rapturous applause. Grimsby’s new signing, Arjun Raikhy, made the bench for the Mariners, after signing on loan from Aston Villa just days prior.

One win in five has seen the Lincolnshire side slip towards the bottom half of the table and a Wrexham win would see them fall nine points behind the Reds.

McAtee was the first player on show today to produce some magic, as he linked up with Tristan Abrahams in the fifth minute to burst past McAlinden and fire a shot at Lainton from a tight angle, but the goalkeeper stood tall and parried the ball out for a corner.

Wrexham’s first real chance only arrived in the 20th minute via the boot of Reece Hall-Johnson, whose pinpoint cross found McAlinden at the back-post. Wrexham’s wing-back choose to square the ball to the planted Jordan Davies, who couldn’t offer a sufficient shot on target under pressure from former Red Luke Waterfall.

Ben Tozer’s quick thinking with a 24th minute long-throw saw Aaron Hayden leap like a salmon through a pack of Mariners, but his header flopped agonisingly wide of Crocombe’s post.

After a discombobulated opening twenty minutes, Wrexham had really found their footing as they piled on the pressure courtesy of a Tozer in-step and shot on the edge of the box, but Crocombe gathered the ball well with 28 minutes on the clock.

Number 35 Ollie Palmer secured his first goal for Wrexham with 35 minutes on the clock. A melee in the box seeing Paul Mullin’s initial shot saved, allowed new signing Palmer to slot the ball home on his left foot before he tunnelled towards the WrexRent Stand in jubilation.

A tale of two halves inside one half. Having withstood some pressure from the Mariners, Palmer stood tall like a lighthouse to guide Wrexham into a 1-0 lead at half-time.

The Reds started the second half as they finished the first, summarised by Mullin picking the ball up in the box and bending a right-footed effort towards the far corner, forcing Crocombe to provide a spectacular leaping save in the 49th minute.

Hall Johnson surged forward in the 54th minute amidst a Wrexham counter-attack, as he faked in and out, before slicing an off-balanced effort over the bar to the growns of the free Mullin and James Jones in the middle.

Palmer appeared to be body checked just past the halfway line in the 55th minute by Grimsby’s last man Pearson, but the referee is unmoved to ferocious shouts engulfing the Racecourse for a red card.

Max Cleworth was found in the 63rd minute by a raking Jordan Davies cross, as the young defender flicked on his header towards Crocombe’s far-post, but it bounced and spun excruciatingly wide of the goal.

Lainton produced a block, dive, and claw of the ball without settling on his goal-line in the 67th, as he frantically kept Wrexham’s slender lead intact.

An injury to Jones in the 70th minute led to the introduction of Tyler French in the 77th minute, following a swerving McAtee free-kick ending up wide of Lainton’s post.

Lainton’s role in this game was paramount in securing the three points, as McAtee drilled an effort through a crowded penalty area requiring the Wrexham keeper to fling himself to the floor to keep McAtee out.

The Grimsby pressure was rising and intuitive dribbling from Davies would see the perfect opportunity to extend the Wrexham lead, as his enticing cross from inside the box was somehow skied by Cleworth one yard out with five minutes left to play.

Just before the stroke of the 90th minute, Mullin countered from a Grimsby corner. He twisted and turned Grimsby’s last defender inside and out before charging towards the Mariners’ net. He flung his right-foot at the ball from 20 yards out, but the ball skidded wide to overwhelming gasps from the Racecourse.

Full time was called, and although it was yet another game ending 1-0 at home, the returning Wrexham fans were treated to an absolute thriller, courtesy of Palmer’s debut goal.

Wrexham: 5-3-2: Lainton (GK), Hall-Johnson, Hayden, Tozer, Cleworth, McAlinden, Jones, Young ©, Davies, Mullin (Ponticelli 90+2’), Palmer (Thomas 83’)

Subs not used: Dibble (GK), Green, French

Grimsby Town: 4-3-3: Crocombe (GK), Smith, Pearson, Waterfall, Crookes, Fox (Raikhy 69’), Coke © (John-Lewis 90’), Sousa (Burgess 78’), McAtee, Abrahams, Taylor

Subs not used: Clifton, Wright

Referee: Scott Simpson

Attendance: 8,434

(A): 285

Wrexham Bookings: None

Grimsby Town Bookings: None

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Ticket News

ETICKETING | Important information for supporters

eTicketing available for Grimsby Town (H) match

25 January 2022

With eTicketing available for supporters for Tuesday night’s home game against Grimsby Town, supporters who have chosen the eTicket option for the game should note the following key information.

If you are yet to buy your ticket, and would like to purchase an eTicket, simply head to our eTicketing website and choose the eTicket/Print-at-Home option when purchasing.

How to use your print-at-home ticket

If you have selected the print-at-home/eTicket option, your eTicket will be emailed to you as a PDF.

Please ensure you complete the following steps:

  • Print it out as a paper ticket, in its original size (A4)
  • Print on plain white paper, and do not alter the ticket in any way
  • Ensure the print is of sufficient quality to be read by the scanners on the turnstiles, and not faded/discoloured
  • Make sure you do not fold along the barcode code

How to use an eTicket on your phone

  • Load your ticket up on your phone before getting to the turnstiles
  • Ensure your phone is carrying enough charge before leaving for the Racecourse Ground
  • Ensure your screen is not damaged in anyway
  • Set your screen brightness to full
  • Zoom in on the barcode section of the ticket to help the turnstile operators to scan you in

Paper tickets/season tickets

For those who prefer to use them, paper tickets are still available – simply select the collection option on checkout.

If you have a paper ticket to collect, we ask you that arrive at the Racecourse Ground as early as possible to reduce queuing times.

Paper tickets can be collected from the Wrexham AFC Club Shop, which opens on match-day at 9am, up until 6.15pm.

After 6.15pm, once the turnstiles are open, only Wrexham Lager Stand ticket holders should collect from the shop. Macron Stand and WREXRENT Stand ticket holders should, after this time, pick up their tickets from the dedicated collection points in each stand.

Ticket enquiries

If you have any enquiries regarding eTickets or any other ticketing issues, please contact our ticket office at

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