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PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Blyth Spartans

We go again after Saturday's tense encounter.

17 October 2022

Here we go again! After the tension and drama of last Saturday we meet Blyth Spartans once more.

Michael Richardson's free kick evaded everybody in the box to give Spartans a 90th minute equaliser, cancelling out Tom O'Connor's deflected free kick. 

Phil Parkinson will have decisions to make as he ponders his team selection. He gave Bryce Hosannah and Jordan Davies a chance to get some pitch time on Saturday following their injuries, while Sam Dalby was given his first start for the Red Dragons.

Anthony Forde and Max Cleworth were given a break, while strike duo Paul Mullin and Ollie Palmer only had half an hour each on the pitch, but now his attempts to rotate the squad are complicated by this extra match. With a testing away match at Boreham Wood on the horizon, Parkinson will have to weigh his options up carefully.

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Blyth had injury issues coming into Saturday's game, and will be concerned to have just three days for Cedric Main and Michael Liddell to recover from the knocks they suffered on Saturday. Main was a constant threat to Wrexham's defence, his pace and skill on the turn making him a real handful for the back three.

However, new signing Liam Ravenhill had an impressive debut, showing that he adds increased depth to Graham Fenton's midfield options. Amongst those options, of course, will be Nicky Deverdics, who returns to The Racecourse to face his former team once more. Not that he'll find many familiar faces: only Christian Dibble, Rob Lainton and Luke Young remain from the playing squad he left in 2019.

In one and a half seasons, Deverdics made 26 appearances for Wrexham, 12 of which were from the bench. He scored 2 goals and made 2 assists, his most memorable moment being a goal in the cross-border derby against Chester. That match turned out to be the last game in charge for Dean Keates, the manager who signed him, and his first team chances became more restricted from that point.



Wrexham have never lost to Blyth Spartans, but that doesn't mean that this has historically been an easy fixture. We won our first clash 2-0 in November 1936, and since then we haven't won by a margin of more than one goal. Furthermore, the clean sheet we achieved in that match remains the only shut-out either side have achieved in five matches.

Spartans have played at The Racecourse twice. In 1959 a 2-1 victory was achieved through two goals from Welsh international Ron Hewitt, while in 1978 they were famously robbed of a remarkable FA Cup 5th round victory by a controversial 89th minute equaliser from Dixie McNeil. You can watch the highlights of our epic 1977-78 FA Cup clashes below, and read about our rivalry in more detail in last Saturday's preview.


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