Wrexham v Chesterfield
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Vanarama National League
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Wrexham return to National League action in midweek as we take on Chesterfield in the first of a double-header with the Spireites over the next fortnight.
The Dragons come into this one on the back of a convincing 4-1 victory over St Mirren Colts in the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup, booking ourselves into the Quarter-Final of the competition. After a below par first-half it took just 20 seconds of the second period for the reds to fire themselves in front, Devonte Redmond bagging his first home goal. Leighton McIntosh doubled that lead from the penalty spot before the visitors pulled one back. McIntosh grabbed his second goal with 15 minutes remaining before Ben Tollitt rounded it off with Wrexham's fourth.
Chesterfield were last in action last Tuesday where they made the journey to AFC Fylde. Goals from Curtis Woodhouse and a Mike Fondop brace saw off the Coasters 3-1 in an impressive display. It was their second win in their last five as John Sheridan looks to turn the fortunes of his side around after a below-par start.
Wrexham goalkeeper Rob Lainton made his first appearance of the campaign on Saturday and will now be looking to feature for the first time in the league. Last season's Player of the Season, the former Port Vale keeper has been out through injury and not featured in over six months. With competition from Christian Dibble this season, the goalkeeping department has plenty of options.
Chesterfield have a plethora of former Wrexham players including the likes of Mike Fondop, Scott Boden, Sam Wedgbury, Anthony Spyrou, Shwan Jalal, Jermaine McGlashan and Luke Coddington. Striker Fondop signed for Chesterfield in the summer from Wrexham and has seven goals so far this season, whilst Wedgbury returned from a year-long injury this season and has featured seven times.
Last season we faced each other twice with the latest outing coming in March at the Cae Ras. Akil Wright was the match-winner in a 1-0 victory for the Dragons, our first win over Chesterfield since January 2005. Our last visit to Derbyshire was in October 2018 where Brad Walker's penalty was cancelled out by Jonathan Smith's stoppage-time equaliser. A historic fixture, we've met over a century of times over our histories.
Manny Smith remains sidelined through a long-term injury whilst Mark Carrington, who's missed the last two outings will be looked at.
The Wrexham AFC media team will be bringing you radio commentary of all the pre-season action this summer, free and exclusively on the club’s Mixlr channel. Follow the match live on our social media channels too, and look out for highlights and post-match reaction on the club’s YouTube channel.