Chesterfield v Wrexham
Location: Proact Stadium
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Following progress through to the First Round Proper of the Emirates FA Cup via a replay in midweek, the Dragons head to Derbyshire to face 'Mad Dog' Martin Allen's Chesterfield.
Wrexham come into this one on the back of an excellent FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Replay victory over National League rivals Harrogate Town. Following two goalless draws against the Yorkshire team already this season in league and cup, it was Akil Wright who finally broke the deadlock from a corner to also net his first goal for the Reds. This was followed by an excellent strike from outside the box by Luke Young, finishing off after some brilliant build-up play from substitute Mike Fondop. It leaves Wrexham without a loss in our last six matches.
As for the Spireites, they also progressed through to the first round proper of the FA Cup with an impressive 3-1 away win over AFC Fylde, going four games unbeaten in league and cup. In their last three National League matches Allen's side have drawn every game, with the latest coming against FC Halifax Town at the Shay in front of the BT Sport cameras. Following Matty Kosylo's strike for the home side, it was Tom Denton who stepped up to level against his former club and earn a point. Although on a run of not suffering a defeat in three league games, they have just three wins so far this season, all of which came in the opening three matches of the campaign, meaning they are on a 13 game winless run in the National League, a run spanning over two months.
Wrexham midfielder Akil Wright will be full of confidence following his first goal for the club on Tuesday night. The hard-working middle-man has worked tirelessly since signing for the Reds on a permanent deal last January, having impressed during an initial loan spell. Tough in the tackle and excellent both defensively and in the attack, he finally added that last piece by finding the back of the net to open the scoring on Tuesday.
For Chesterfield, top scorer Marc-Antoine Fortune has had quite the career and is continuing to bring quality with four goals this season from midfield. The 37-year-old has played across Europe beginning in his native France plying his trade in both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 before moving to Utrecht to play over 50 games in the Eredivise. He moved back to France before a loan stint with West Brom in the Premier League. After a permanent move to Celtic, where he spent 12-months, he returned to West Brom to make a further 63 top flight appearances before spells with Doncaster Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Coventry City and Southend United.
Wrexham v Chesterfield is a fixture that's been played out for almost a century, first starting back in 1921. That opening game kicked off an historic list of matches that would see some huge encounters over the years, with Wrexham taking the first game in November '21 with a 6-1 win at the Cae Ras.
The highest profile match-up came in 1997 with both sides on unbelievable runs that saw the two third tier teams reach the FA Cup Quarter-Final. It was a prime chance for one of them to reach the final four and with Wrexham having won in the first league encounter earlier that season and the sides having drawn a month beforehand, it was poised for a thrilling encounter. The game took place at Saltergate and as it was, Chris Beaumont's 58th minute goal saw the home side through to face Middlesborough in the semi's at Old Trafford, before earning a replay at Hillsborough.
Our last game was a decade ago with Chesterfield running out 2-1 winners in January 2008 and Wrexham's last win coming way back in 2005. In 113 games, Chesterfield lead the head-to-head with 51 victories to Wrexham's 37 and 25 draws.
Wrexham defender Manny Smith remains sidelined with an injury, whilst Shaun Pearson also missed out on Tuesday with a knock. Chris Holroyd is continuing his return to the side after injure, whilst Luke Summerfield was also rested on Tuesday after picking up a knock last Saturday. Former Red Sam Wedgbury won't be involved, after picking up a season ending injury earlier this campaign.
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