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PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Chesterfield

Fasten your seatbelts, it's a big night under the massive floodlights!

27 February 2023

As the contest for the National League title hits fever pitch, this midweek clash is absolutely massive.

League leaders Notts County hold a two-point lead over Wrexam, but this is one of our two games in hand on The Magpies, so the stakes are incredibly high for the visit of one of our greatest rivals.

It's fair to say there's only been one game this season so far where the opposition has imposed itself on Wrexham and unquestionably deserved the three points, and that was at Chesterfield last August.

Paul Cox delved deep into his well of experience, executing a tactically astute plan which saw him gamble with a very high defensive line to reduce space in midfield. The ploy worked a treat, and first half goals by Jeff King and Ollie Banks secured a 2-0 lead which they were able to defend comfortably in the second half.

Wrexham enjoyed a 3-1 home win over Dorking Wanderers on Saturday which illustrated the strength in depth Phil Parkinson has accumulated. Sam Dalby's excellent form earned a deserved second league start of the season and he took the opportunity with both hands, scoring a fine goal and combining threateningly with Paul Mullin. Andy Cannon also got a second league start for the Red Dragons and showed his class in the middle of the pitch.

When this game was originally scheduled, in mid-December, The Spireites mwere definitely in the title race. They'd just beaten Dorking Wanderers to record a fourth win out of 5 games, and had games in hand on the top two. They still have those games in hand, but they must now look to secure a good finish for the play-offs as a tough few weeks have seen them slip to 5th place.

The Spireites were denied an outstanding FA Cup third round result by a last-gasp equaliser by WBA, but after following up their cup heroics with a home win over Altrincham they've not won in 8 games, picking up 3 points out of 24. Last Saturday they suffered a home defeat agaonst Oldham Athletic

Recent arrival Ryan Colclough told the Derbyshore Times he was confident his new club would turn things around though:

“If we knock the silly mistakes on the head then there is no reason why we can’t go on a great run between now and the end of the season.”

I just don’t think at the moment we are getting the rub of the green. We need a couple of scruffy goals.

-Ryan Colcough

"I am delighted with the move, the club has been great with me. It is good to be back with the gaffer and Robbo, and Webby has been great to work with as well. His (Cook) demands are very high and that is something I need to push on.”



When The Spireites came to The Racecourse last season they were in superb form, and took the lead in the first half. Kabongo Tshimabga then won a penalty but saw Rob Lainton save his spot kick to keep The Red Dragons in the game. Wrexham rescued a point with a strong finish to the match, with Paul Mullin heading in the equaliser from Ben Tozer's throw. In injury time Aaron Hayden nearly snatched a winner, as he hit the bar from close range.

Chesterfield have the upper hand in the fixture, winning 54 times to Wrexham’s 40, with 29 draws. At The Racecourse it’s a different story, though, as we’ve won 28 games to Chesterfield’s 16.

In recent years our home record has deteriorated, though: since 1997 we’ve won just 4 of our 13 home matches.

Our biggest home win against The Spireites was also the first time the two sides met! In 1921, during the course of our first season in the Football League, we walloped them 6-1, with both Ted Regan and Billy Cotton scoring hat tricks.

Akil Wright scored the only goal in the 2018-19 season, when Chesterfield returned to The Racecourse for the first time since October 2007. That match ended in a 4-0 away win, The Spireites best result in North Wales.

Our most recent home win in this fixture cane in October 2019, when JJ Hooper's neat finish earned victory in the preliminary round of the FA Cup. It was the first time the sides have met in the FA Cup, as far as I'm concerned.



Billy Ashcroft and Karl Connolly have also scored hat tricks against Chesterfield, and they stand at the top of our scorers in this fixture with 8 goals apiece.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham 2-1 Chesterfield

Wrexham go top of the league!

28 February 2023

Elliot Lee’s screamer and Sam Dalby’s solo brilliance saw Wrexham beat Chesterfield to overtake Notts County at the top of the table.

Déjà vu rained down on the Racecourse Ground for both of the goals, as the two first half strikes from Lee and Dalby were carbon-copies of the ones against Dorking Wanderers at the weekend.  

Phil Parkinson made no changes to his starting eleven for the first time in a considerable period, but Eoghan O’Connell did return to make the bench in place of James Jones. 

With the Racecourse Ground rocking, Lee needed no invitation to send the decibels further into orbit, with another lightning bolt from outside the area in the fourth minute. A give-and-go with Mullin saw Lee swipe the ball first time into the top corner of Ross Fitzsimons’ net. 

Just a few minutes later, a glorious inverted ball was floated into Luke Young by Lee. However, Young misplaced his header from point-blank range, as it bounced just wide. 

Mullin completely broke away from the Chesterfield defence on the half hour mark and strode through on goal. Opening up his body, Mullin went to curl the ball into the bottom right corner, but Fitzsimons anticipated the correct side and made a crucial save for the Spireites. 

Despite the Wrexham chances, Chesterfield saw a lot of the ball and their first real chance came in the 37th minute. Ryan Colclough was slipped in by Darren Oldaker on the left side of the box, subsequently managing to flash a cross through into the danger area. Jordan Tunnicliffe did remarkably well to battle against Paul McCallum to prevent the striker from scoring a tap-in. 

Just five minutes later, history repeated itself and Colclough fizzed a ball into the middle for McCallum, who comically got his legs in a tangle and completely missed the ball from one yard out. 

Chesterfield should have drawn level and would thus be punished for it. Dalby was set through by Lee in first half added time to score a carbon-copy of the goal he scored against Dorking Wanderers; this time sending captain Jamie Grimes to the shops, as he cut back in and smashed the ball home on his right foot. 

Half-time was blown and Wrexham claimed a two-goal lead, with the Spireites left ruing missed chances.  

Wrexham started fast again in the second period, with Dalby found free in the box in the 49th minute. His first touch enabled some room to pick his spot from the centre of the box, but his curled left-footed effort failed to beat Fitzsimons. 

A few minutes later, Anthony Forde then curled one goal-bound from the right-wing, after cutting inside onto his left-foot and creating room for himself. Stinging the hands of Fitzsimons in goal, but ultimately failing to trouble him. 

Chesterfield would have another glorious opportunity in the 58th minute, when Liam Mandeville’s cross would meet the on-rushing Colclough from inside the box. Lainton reacted instantly and flew to tip the ball onto the bar, where Jacob Mendy was lucky to not concede a penalty in the aftermath. 

As Parkinson was about to make his first change in the 73rd minute, Andy Cannon slotted Mullin through on goal. Opting to shoot rather than square the ball to Dalby in the middle, Mullin blazed his shot wide of the stanchions. 

With the end drawing closer, Wrexham would have one last opportunity. Mullin stalked ever-closer to the goal from inside the box, where he spotted Lee in his peripheral; setting the goalscorer. Lee smashed the ball from close range into the middle of the crossbar, with Fitzsimons choosing to cover his near-post in the 92nd minute. 

Chesterfield would get one goal back through Colclough at the death, but it would be Wrexham claiming the three points and Wrexham going top of the league! 

Wrexham Starting XI: Lainton, Forde, Cleworth, Tozer, Tunnicliffe, Mendy, Young (C), Cannon (J.Davies 80’), Lee, Dalby (Palmer 73’), Mullin 

Substitutions not used: Howard (GK), Barnett, O'Connell 

Chesterfield Starting XI: Fitzsimons, Clements, Grimes (C), Williams, King, Oldaker (Akinola 73’), Banks, Jones (Quigley 83’), Colclough, Mandeville (Sheckleford 73’), McCallum 

Substitutions not used: Uchegbulam, Maguire 

Attendance: 9,854 

Wrexham Bookings: None 

Chesterfield Bookings: Jones 35’ (foul), Grimes 45+3 (foul), McCallum 88’ (off the ball incident) 


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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Chesterfield (H) back on sale from Friday December 30

Limited remaining tickets for rescheduled match available to buy

28 December 2022

Tickets for our re-arranged home game against Chesterfield on Tuesday January 17, which kicks off at 7.45pm, go back on sale from 10am on Friday December 30.

The fixture was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday December 13, but was postponed due to the frozen conditions. All tickets bought for the original game are still valid for the rearranged fixture.

Tickets can be bought in store or via our eTicketing website, at the below prices – supporters are reminded that online purchases are charged at a lower price to in-person purchases.

For instructions on how to ensure you have activated your eTicketing account and have the correct privileges attached, please see these instructions.

Tickets can be purchased as eTickets/print-at-home or as paper tickets. As ever, the Club would encourage to use the eTicket/print-at-home option wherever possible.



Macron Stand & Wrexham Lager Stand

University End




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Macron Stand & Wrexham Lager Stand

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