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REPORT | Wrexham 2-1 Chesterfield

Wrexham go top of the league!

28 February 2023

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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