Wrexham v Chesterfield
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
Match-Day Guide: Click Here
Wrexham kick-off March with a return home on the back of over 1,000 miles travelled in a week by playing host to Chesterfield.
Wrexham come into the game top of the National League and picking up seven points within a week. Last time out we travelled to Gateshead where it looked like Bryan Hughes was to suffer his first defeat since his appointment as manager. However, Steven Rigg's first half goal for the Heed was cancelled out in the 93rd minute by Cole Stockton netting his first Wrexham goal in timely fashion. Beforehand we took on Boreham Wood in a midweek clash where a Ben Tollitt brace sealed maximum points. The week of travel began with a 3-2 win at Havant & Waterlooville with the reds coming from behind to score three goals in 15 minutes via Shaun Pearson, Akil Wright and James Jennings at Westleigh Park.
Chesterfield were last in action on Tuesday as they made their way to the Hive to take on Barnet. Goals from Charlie Carter and Alex Kiwomya sealed a third win in their last four games in the league. The Spirites' away form in excellent having not lost on the road since December 22nd when they lost out to Leyton Orient. However, they were beaten last Saturday when former Dragons forward Scott Boden decieved team mate and former reds stopper Shwan Jalal to put the ball into his own net.
Wrexham striker Cole Stockton will be full of confidence having come off the bench to nick a point for his side last weekend. The Tranmere Rovers loanee has been hoping to break into the side and the forward with pedigree in the National League could play a big part in the Dragons' promotion push.
As for Chesterfield, former Wrexham striker Boden will be looking to haunt his old side with his second visit to the Racecourse this season. Having began the campaign with Gateshead and providing a decent goals return he switched to the Proact for a second stint with the club. He's scored once from the penalty spot on his debut against Halifax and will want to kick on more than ever starting at his former stomping ground.
We last met back in October where it looked as if Wrexham were to take home three poitns via Brad Walker's penalty, but deep into injury time Jonathan Smith popped up to steal a point for the home side.
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 before this season was over 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 will be without Manny Smith who remains sidelined whilst Shaun Pearson, Rob Lainton, Luke Summerfield, Bobby Grant and Kevin Roberts will be looked at having missed out recently. Stuart Beavon should return.
You can listen to free live commentary from Wrexham AFC on Mixlr as well as Calon FM - keep up to date on our social media channels. Highlights will be available with the first word from the manager and players post-match on our YouTube Channel.