With Wrexham fans heading en masse to Chesterfield for Saturday’s National League fixture, Sam Ricketts is relishing the occasion – but has warned his players to expect the Spireites to play up to the big crowd too.
The Dragons have an allocation of 1,900 tickets for the match at the Proact Stadium – an all-ticket fixture – as Wrexham look to make it four league wins in a row.
And Ricketts is anticipating a keenly-fought contest against Martin Allen’s side, who have out a difficult start behind them to go unbeaten in the last four matches – including a 3-1 FA Cup win away to Fylde last weekend.
“The away following is fantastic,” Ricketts said. “I love it and what it does is bring a real atmosphere to the game. I would never change it.
“But us taking a lot of fans puts more on it for Chesterfield too. As a player walking out there, if you’ve got a real good atmosphere in the ground then you do lift yourselves.
“It will be a real tough game and we’re going to have to be at our very best to get the result we want.
“It’s a game we’re looking forward to. It’s a really nice ground, a good pitch and it will be a really good game.
“They are on the up. They’ve had a difficult start but they are certainly on the up now.”
After seeing off Harrogate in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay at the Racecourse on Tuesday night, Wrexham have now won four and drawn two of their last six matches.
The second-placed Dragons go into the game level on points with league leaders Salford, while Chesterfield sit 19th in the National League.
And after Akil Wright and Luke Young scored in mid-week to earn an FA Cup first round tie at Weston-super-Mare, Ricketts admits there is a lot of confidence in the Wrexham camp.
“Of course it helps winning games,” he said. “Football is about momentum, I want to keep winning because it breeds that spirit.
“Listen, football is momentum and confidence and we should have that in abundance.”
The game against Harrogate showed once again the benefit of a big squad too, with five changes from the original match – the goalless draw at Wetherby Road – for the replay.
Ricketts says the changes are often part of the process of specific game preparation rather than a concerted effort to rotate the squad, however.
“It is the benefit of a big squad,” he admitted. “We’ll recoup, we’ll see who’s ready to go – if there’s one or two struggling then we’ll leave them out..
“I don’t purposely rotate to freshen things up, sometimes it’s just how the game flows, and how I think the game will flow.”
The match at the Proact Stadium takes place on Saturday (October 27) and kicks off at 3pm. For tickets and travel information, check out our guide.