Wrexham v Chesterfield
Location: My Racecourse
Competition: Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Replay
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The Godfather, Back to the Future and the Lord of the Rings. All famous trilogies joined by the latest instalment; Wrexham v Chesterfield, as the sides meet for the third time in seven days with the finale this Tuesday in the Emirates FA Cup.
In our previous two matches the Dragons have faced our Derbyshire counterparts in both North Wales and at the Proact Stadium with the series edged so far by the Spireites. In the original cup tie former red Mike Fondop punished a defensive mistake to lob Rob Lainton to give his new side the lead. A triple sub was made by Dragons boss Dean Keates which worked almost instantly as one of those switches, Devtone Redmond, crossed for Bobby Grant to net his seventh goal of the campaign. Days earlier an own goal from Michael Chambers was the difference in a 1-0 win for Chesterfield at the Racecourse in the National League.
Wrexham's trio of substitutes on Saturday made a real difference to the game by linking up to grab the all-important leveller in north Derbyshire. Now, Akil Wright, JJ Hooper and Redmond will all see Saturday's game as a benchmark for further action and a place in the starting line-up. In particular, Redmond's assist - his fourth of the season - will put him in a good light under a new manager.
Chesterfield's Fondop bagged his goal on Saturday to make it nine from 11 games but it couldn't turn out to be the winner. The Cameroonian forward departed the Racecourse in August and has hit the ground running with his new side. He'll be looking to silence his critics once more in North Wales having failed to make an impact last Tuesday.
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 before Saturday 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.
Both Mark Carrington and JJ Hooper returned to the bench on Saturday following injuries whilst Shaun Pearson returned to the XI after missing out last Tuesday through illness. Manny Smith remains sidelined.
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.