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PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Gillingham

Back to the league.

10 November 2023


With 4 consecutive wins under our belts, and 7 wins from our last 8 games, Wrexham will go into this match with a great deal of momentum. 

Those results have been achieved despite a string of injuries and suspensions which have shown the value of Phil Parkinson’s focus on squad depth this Summer.

Adding to those absences, Parkinson will have to wrestle with two suspensions for the visit of Gillingham: Paul Mullin and James McClean have each accumulated five yellow cards and will miss the match. Their combined efforts off the bench in the midweek victory over Port Vale illustrated their importance to Wrexham’s attacking plans.

The injury Andy Cannon picked up from a late tackle at Field Mill will almost certainly rule him out too, so there are likely to be at least 3 changes from the side which dispatched Mansfield Town so impressively.

As I mentioned, though, Parkinson has consciously assembled a squad with quality in depth. The midweek win showed that he has plenty of viable options to step in as replacements. Luke Young and Jordan Davies have been in good form this season, while Max Cleworth and Will Boyle showed they are ready to step in at the back if Parkinson decides to replace Cannon by pushing George Evans or Tom O’Connor into midfield. Up front, Jake Bickerstaff reminded us on Tuesday of the huge strides he has taken over the last 18 months.


Gillingham have had an oddly tumultuous start to the season, starting off with a string of notable wins but removing their manager when results began to deteriorate. They arrive at the Stok Cae Ras with a new man at the helm, and an ambition to not only climb back up the table, but bring a more fluent style of football to Priestfield.

Neil Harris was dismissed after 20 months in the Gillingham hotseat. His departure came as something of a surprise after a promising start to the season: his side had suffered two defeats in the 3 games before we was sacked, but had won the 3 preceding games and were sitting in 8th place, 4 points off the top of the table. Indeed, just ten days earlier Gillingham sat at the summit of the league, having starting the season with a remarkable string of 4 consecutive 1-0 wins.

However, perhaps that was the problem for Harris. His sides were perceived as being overly-defensive, and when the clean sheets dried up a lack of cutting edge up front was exposed.

The run of binary wins was halted abruptly by a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Colchester United, and another struggling side, Grimsby Town, beat them in their next outing. Harris’ final six matches yielded 3 wins, 1 draw and two losses, but the owners decided that wasn’t enough.

Keith Millen took over on an interim basis and kicked off with a 2-1 home win over MK Dons, but things fell away badly after that. Heavy losses at the hands of Portsmouth and Walsall saw The Gills’ once watertight defence leak 9 goals in 2 games, and although a win at Swindon punctuated the gloom, they accumulated just 6 points out of 15 under Millen.

The search for a new boss ended a fortnight ago when Gillingham appointed Stephen Clemence. Although this is the ex-Spurs midfielder’s first stab at management, he has accumulated a great deal of experience as working under Steve Bruce at Sunderland, Hull, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle and West Brom, as well as being credited as a mentor to Jack Grealish.  

This will be Clemence’s first league match in charge of The Gills. An FA Cup victory at Hereford United on Saturday was followed up by a midweek defeat at home to Fulham Under-21s in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy, as he took the opportunity to get to know his squad.

“I am really looking forward to getting involved in the league,” he told Kent Online.

“Of course you want to get into the next round of the FA Cup and we have done that after a couple of days of training.

“[Tuesday’s] game was a good opportunity to get minutes into people, but from my point of view it is about how we do in the league this season.

“It almost feels like it is going to be my first game this weekend and that is what I am really looking forward to.”

“It will be a very tough challenge. They have done very well for a few years now, [have] a very good manager who is highly respected and rightly so. They have a really good squad.

“I believe they have one or two issues with injury and suspension but whoever they put out it will be a very tough game.

“They have a good home crowd and they will be right behind them so the boys are going to have to be ready for it.

“I have a real opportunity now to get two days’ work into the boys this week and we will be fully prepared. We will have a plan going into the game. It is a club that seems to be on the up, but there is no reason why we can’t go there and take them on. We aren’t going to go there and roll over.”

It’s a hard place to go, they have had a great few years at Wrexham.

-Gillingham manager Stephen Clemence.

A visiting player who is bound to receive a warm reception from the Stok Cae Ras crowd is Jonny Williams. A popular player for Wales, whose impact was sadly limited by injury, Williams is a class act who is excited by the prospect of helping Gillingham climb the leagues, and he told Kent Online that he’s excited at the thought of playing under Clemence.

“We have a new manager [which is] always an exciting time as a player. [It’s a] fresh start for everyone and we are in a good position to push on in the league. We are a together group and we have been in teams that have been promoted and the one thing that stands out in those is that the groups have stayed together no matter what, win lose or draw. You can see that in this group.

“He said he wouldn’t have come here if he didn’t believe this squad was able to achieve something special. He has full belief in the players and wants us to achieve some things along the way.

“It’s not going to happen overnight. He will want to change certain aspects and we are a group that will listen and take that onboard and give 110% for him and his coaching staff and see where we end up. We need to find the right balance and trust each other a bit more with the football and make things happen. He wants us to create, sustain pressure in games, which we haven’t done too well. If we can stay on top and lock teams in and keep constant attacks and be exciting to watch, I am all on board for that. I want to be on the ball as much as I can, making things happen. I am excited.

“I am not playing at my full tilt yet, there is a lot more to come, hopefully with goals and assists. I am excited to be working with him and I think he will improve me again. It’s settled us down now we have a manager that’s signed and sealed. The boys seem happy and content.”

Midfielder George Lapslie is also encouraged by the impact Clemence has had on the changing room:

“There is nothing more refreshing than before a game the gaffer saying that the only way he would get annoyed with us is if we don’t try and play. If he is giving us those kind of messages so early on, we are only going to go one way.

“The gaffer is spot on in terms of getting the ball on the ground and if we can outplay teams in League 2, like teams have done to us, like Notts County, if we can play in a similar way or control the ball more then I think the future is bright.

Williams sees parallels between his club and Wrexham:

“It is a club that are having a right go, changing a lot of things, it is an exciting project but, likewise, I think the same about Gillingham here, with the owners and the goals and the dreams they have for this football club. It is exciting to be here and to be part of our own project.

“I joined the club to be part of that journey and it will be fantastic if we can get promoted and be a part of that.

“We want to be exciting to watch and get the results. It will be amazing if we can replicate what they are doing, but we have our own journey here that we want to focus on and do well for the team and the fans and everyone involved.

“Everyone is ready to go and attack Wrexham.”

-George Lapslie

“I have fond memories of playing there as a kid and I am looking forward to it. Everyone wants to beat them, but fair play to them, they keep at it and they have proven a lot of people wrong and won a lot of football matches.

“They have got a very prolific goalscorer as well and it is a game that excites us and for it to be our manager’s first league game, it will be a spectacle I am sure.

“I am sure we will have a great following, as we did at Swindon, and that makes a massive difference to the players when we have their backing.”


Gillingham have the sixth best defensive record in League Two, having conceded just 20, two of which were penalties. Their string of 1-0 wins at the start of the season leaves them with the equal most clean sheets in the division, although 4 came in their first 4 games, so since then they’ve kept just 2 in 12 games.

1 Arthur Okonkwo Wrexham 32 26 81.3
2 Paul Farman Barrow 39 32 76.9
3 Ben Hinchcliffe Stockport 56 43 75
4 Stuart Moore Morecambe 39 28 74.4
5 Jon McCracken Acc'ton Stanley 27 20 74.1
6 Jake Turner Gillingham 68 51 73.5
7 James Belshaw FG Rovers 32 23 71.9
8 Alex Bass AFC Wimbledon 61 43 70.5
9 Owen Goodman Colchester Utd 81 57 70.4
10 Harvey Davies Crewe Alexandra 80 55 68.8

Unsurprisingly, Jake Turner is high up the goalkeeping stats, with the equal third best ratio of clean sheets per game, although top of that list is Arthur Okonkwo, who has kept 3 shut-outs in 7 league games (he’s got another to his credit in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy too). Okonkwo also has the best saves percentage in the division, stopping 81.3% of efforts on game. That’s not just a testimony to his quality, but also to the work done by his defence in restricting the number of chances created in the penalty area. Turner is sixth in this metric, with 73.5%.

Tranmere Rovers 16 18
Forest Green Rovers 15 18
Barrow 16 18
Bradford City 16 17
Harrogate Town 16 15
Gillingham 16 14

At the other end of the pitch, Gillingham are the lowest scorers in League Two, with 13 goals from their sixteen matches. They are pretty average in terms of the number of shots they make, but have the worst percentage of goals scored per shot taken, level with Harrogate Town, as 0.07 of their efforts have gone in so far this season.



Gillingham have won just 2 of their 17 games in North Wales, whereas we’ve won 11.

Their last game at the Sto Cae Ras was in May 2000, and it was perhaps the most significant clash between the two sides.

Gillingham arrived knowing a win would secure promotion to the Championship for the first time, while Wrexham were finishing the season in fine form, with 4 consecutive wins under their belts.

The bumper crowd of over 8,000 was swollen by Burnley fans who were unable to get tickets to watch the Clarets and had ventured over the border to egg Wrexham on, as a slip-up by The Gills would open the door for them to go up instead.

In the 12th minute Wrexham scored the only goal of the game, a remarkable 30-yard strike by Mark McGregor which won the goal of the season award.

Gillingham’s fans were buoyed by the news that Burnley had also fallen behind, but the Lancastrians fought back to win, so McGregor’s screamer condemned The Gills to the play-offs.

There was a happy ending though: Gillingham came from behind in extra time to clinch victory at Wembley at Millwall’s expense.



Jordan Davies’ 150th career appearance.

Anthony Forde’s 50th Wrexham game.

Tom O’Connor’s 125th league appearance.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham AFC 2-0 Gillingham

Red Dragons claim important victory over play-off hopefuls

11 November 2023

Ollie Palmer scored Wrexham’s quickest goal of the season alongside a 71st minute goal from Ben Tozer to secure a 2-0 victory over play-off hopefuls Gillingham in North Wales.

Phil Parkinson understandably made changes from the youthful line-up that started against Port Vale in midweek – although James McClean and Paul Mullin missed out due to suspension. 

Wrexham were welcomed by their biggest crowd of the season, as 10,268 supporters travelled down to the STōK Cae Ras on a sunny Saturday afternoon. 

It meant opportunities for Anthony Forde and Sam Dalby, who entered the starting line-up, while Jacob Mendy was shifted across to his favoured left side as a result. 

Gillingham got the game underway, but it was a dream start for Parkinson’s side who took the lead within just 55 seconds – Wrexham’s quickest goal so far this season in all competitions. 

The Red Dragons quickly dispossessed the visitors in North Wales, with Mendy picking up the ball down the left-flank as he drove towards goal. His initial delivery into the box caused trouble for the Gills’ backline and found Dalby, only for the striker to see his shot blocked. 

Much to Wrexham’s favour the ball fell to Ollie Palmer from six-yards out, who quickly stepped up and fired home on his right foot to get his side off to the perfect start. 

Despite falling behind early on, Gillingham more than proved their own credentials with how they reacted to the set-back, testing Wrexham twice in the space of minutes as they searched for an equaliser. 

Ex-Wales International Jonny Williams, who signed for Gillingham in the summer, was the first to force the Red Dragons defence into action. 

Williams, who often causes trouble with his diminutive stature and tricky footwork, saw a shot blocked just wide of the post after 12 minutes. 

That was followed up just a minute later as Stephen Clemence’s side continued in their pursuit of a leveller. 

Shadrach Ogie spurned a golden opportunity for the Gills, having latched onto a ball from Dom Jefferies, but Ogie fired wide inside the box and wasted any chance of bringing his side level. 

After 32 minutes, Dalby collected the ball from Elliot Lee and quickly turned to fire the ball through Gillingham’s defence. Palmer, who made a smart run through on goal, picked up the ball with ease, but his left-footed effort drifted wide of the post. 

The sides continued to battle it out in the first half, but neither managed to find the second goal of the match as Wrexham went into the break with a slender lead.  

James Jones started the second period for the Red Dragons, who picked up where they left off with both sides providing an entertaining end-to-end in North Wales. 

George Evans tested his luck from distance after 52 minutes, with Jake Turner clearly out of position and back-tracking towards his goal. 

Although audacious, Evans came relatively close to the near-impossible from 40-yards out as his effort was eventually caught by the outstretched Gillingham keeper. 

Seven minutes later, Palmer almost doubled Wrexham’s lead as Parkinson’s side continued in their search of an important second goal to give the Red Dragons some much-needed breathing space.  

Mendy found Palmer at the back post with yet another excellent delivery – Wrexham’s number nine did everything right as he directed his header towards the top left corner. 

It seemed certain to give Wrexham an extended advantage but for the heroics of Turner, who shifted across goal excellently to deny Palmer with his fingertips.  

Eventually, Wrexham were handed the goal that their efforts fully deserved after 71 minutes at the STōK Cae Ras. 

Yet again, it was Mendy at the heart of the move, providing another fantastic cross which found Ben Tozer at the front-post. 

Tozer finished on the volley with the technique of a veteran number nine, deftly flicking his effort past Turner in front the STōK Cold Brew Coffee Stand. 

Wrexham continued to push for a third goal in the closing stages of the match, but a resolute showing from the Gillingham backline late-on restricted the hosts despite a plethora of chances. 

Parkinson’s side saw out the remaining minutes in added time, claiming yet another important league win to solidify their position in the Sky Bet League Two promotion places. 

Wrexham AFC: Okonkwo (GK), Hayden (Tunnicliffe 83’), Tozer (C), O’Connor, Forde, Jones, Evans, Lee (J.Davies 88’), Mendy 

Subs not used: Howard (GK), McAlinden, Cannon, Boyle, Bickerstaff. 

Gillingham: Turner, Alexander, Malone (C), Masterson, Ogie, Coleman, Mahoney (Lapsilie 75'), Jefferies, J. Williams (Nichols 75’), Clarke (Dieng 63’), Bonne. 

Subs not used: Morris, Clark, Ehmer, S. Williams.

Match Attendance: 10,268 (1,148 away)

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Gillingham (H) on sale to Club members from 10am today

Tickets available to purchase both online and in-store from 10am this morning

18 October 2023

Tickets for our League Two match against Gillingham FC on Saturday, November 11 at the STōK Cae Ras will go on sale to all Club members from 10am this morning (October 18).

We are pleased to announce that in addition to our digital Season Tickets, a digital match ticket option will be in place for this match and all future home fixtures.

To use this option, select print-at-home/digital tickets, and you will receive an email with a link to your digital ticket, which can be added to your Apple or Google Wallet.

If you decide to use a digital match ticket, please ensure that your phone is well-charged, the screen is not damaged or cracked and that the brightness on your device is turned up whilst presenting your ticket at the turnstiles.

Members can purchase one ticket per account for the match, while the ticket ballot for UK members who are unsuccessful in getting a ticket, will open at 2pm on Wednesday.

Please note, following a meeting with the Club Advisory Board – ticket sales will be limited to a maximum of six per transaction – regardless of the size of your network for both in-store and online purchases.

How to purchase tickets 

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.

As in line with previous fixtures, there will be no queuing system in place for purchasing tickets for this game.

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

Tickets can be purchased as eTickets/print-at-home or as paper tickets.

As ever, the Club would encourage supporters to use the eTicket/print-at-home option wherever possible.

The club advises fans to purchase tickets online to avoid disappointment, as tickets will not be exclusively held for those attempting to purchase in-person.

Ticket Pricing

Online Purchases

Macron Stand/Wrexham Lager Stand

Adult: £24
Over-65s/Under-21s: £19
Under-18s: £12
Under-11s: £8

STōK Cold Coffee Brew Stand

Adult: £22
Over-65s/Under-21s: £17
Under-18s: £11
Under-11s: £8

In-person Purchases

Macron Stand/Wrexham Lager Stand

Adult: £25
Over-65s/Under-21s: £20
Under-18s: £13
Under-11s: £9

STōK Cold Coffee Brew Stand

Adult: £23
Over-65s/Under-21s: £18
Under-18s: £12
Under-11s: £9

Any supporters requiring accessible tickets pay as per the relevant age bracket.

For any assistance, please email

Accessible Tickets

Wheelchair users enquiring about our accessible viewing platforms, and supporters looking for tickets in, or more information about, our PG1 autism-friendly quiet zone should contact

Accessible tickets can now be purchased online for this game, speeding up the ticketing process for supporters.

All users who are eligible have already had their ticketing accounts updated with the required information and required number of companions.

As such, users will simply need to login to their accounts and it will automatically pick-up whether they are an ambulant disabled customer, or wheelchair user and allow them access to select the area which meets their requirements.

Users will only be able to select the number of companion tickets required in accordance with their eligibility criteria (i.e. a user eligible for one companion ticket will only be able to select one companion ticket).

Companion tickets will be auto-allocated to their own "companion" account which has already been created for each eligible user, will not affect the “one ticket per member” policy, and must be purchased with an accessible ticket (companion tickets cannot be purchased on their own).

The Club reserves the right to alter the process for accessible ticket purchases for any future matches.

Ticketing Ballot

As a part of the Club’s membership package, UK members can gain access to the ticketing ballot should they not be successful in initially purchasing a ticket.

Should the initial allocation of tickets sell out, the ballot will open at 2pm on Wednesday and close at 2pm Thursday (October 19), at which point 150 tickets will be made available for the draw.

The ticket exchange for Gillingham will be opened up at 4pm on Friday (October 20).

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