Chester FC v Wrexham
Location: Deva Stadium (Swansway Chester Stadium)
Competition: Vanarama National League
Wrexham travel to bitter rivals Chester FC with a sold-out travelling army in midweek and will be looking to put pressure on top spot with a win.
The Dragons hop over the border on the back of just one loss in our last thirteen matches but are without a win in our last two matches. A win for Wrexham at the Deva would mean we move into second, only goal difference separating ourselves and leaders Dover Athletic. Last time out Dean Keates' side were unlucky not to come away with three points at home to Leyton Orient. Having led twice at the Racecourse with two goals from Chris Holroyd, Orient pulled themselves back with Mark Ellis' late header and some sloppy defending meaning Wrexham paid the price. Last time on the road we made our way to the coast to face AFC Fylde, 10 days after our last meeting at Mill Farm saw us face off in the FA Cup, the home side ran out winners. In the league, a poor Reds display saw Fylde run out 2-0 winners with goals from Jonny Smith and Jack Muldoon. Our last win came away at promotion rivals Dagenham & Redbridge, where Craig Robson's 93rd-minute own goal sent us back to North Wales with maximum points.
Chester FC currently sit third from bottom and struggling in the National League relegation zone, but know a win could see them lift up to 19th. Last time out they travelled to Eastleigh and with 88 minutes played were 2-1 down to the Spitfires. However, Ryan Astles' late header took a point back to Cheshire. They have won just three matches thus far in the 18 played in the National League, and were recently dumped out of the FA Cup by National League North opposition. Their last win came in their last home match, a 3-2 win over fellow relegation zone side Barrow as Lucas Dawson's stunning 94th-minute strike sealed maximum points at the Deva.
Wrexham have just six players from the squad that last featured against Chester FC, so do have some experience of the derby which will be crucial. Mark Carrington is the longest-serving player at the club and knows all out what it's like to feature in the big game, having played in five games against Chester for the Dragons. The versatile midfielder knows all about what it means to the fans and people of Wrexham and will have plenty of fight in what could be one of the biggest derbies in recent years. A calming influence and leader, Carrington will be essential in the Anglo-Welsh match-up.
For Chester FC, midfielder Paul Turnbull has a wealth of experience at this level and is a steady body in the middle. The central minded middle-man has previously turned out for Stockport County, Northampton Town, Macclesfield Town and Barrow and joined the Cestrians in the summer. Meanwhile, Keates' side will be keeping an eye on Lathaniel Rowe-Turner who is a menacing left-back that loves to drive forward. The former Torquay United and Kidderminster Harriers defender has plenty of pace and power in the attack and is a real handful.
Wrexham and Chester FC have met on a number of occasions over the last seven years since the Blues returned to non-league's top tier. Going into the game at the Deva, Wrexham are yet to record a win over the Cestrians on English soil, and will be desperate to change that on Wednesday night. Our first meeting in August 2013 came at the Racecourse where the Cestrians ran out 2-0 winners. Our English counterparts have had the best record thus far with three victories from eight meetings. Wrexham have won twice, both coming at the Racecourse, the first a 1-0 victory following an early strike from on-loan Kieron Morris in March 2015. Our second victory was a 3-0 second half demolition with goals from Connor Jennings, Kayden Jackson and Wrexham-boy Robbie Evans. Two of the matches have ended in goalless draws including the last time we met at the Cae Ras which much like this coming was Wednesday was in front of the BT Sport cameras. Last time we clashed back in January, a feisty affair ended 1-1 with plenty of passion and controversy. Ex-Chester FC attacker John Rooney who switched from blue to red in the previous summer netted in front of a packed away end to give Wrexham the lead. With Chester putting on the pressure James Alabi went down in the box when bumping into Russell Penn and managed to convince the referee to give a penalty. Alabi stepped up and scored to share the points before some afters at the final whistle.
Wrexham midfielder Sam Wedgbury will return to the side following his suspension which saw him miss our last game against Leyton Orient. Chester FC manager Marcus Bignot should also have a full squad to choose from following recent selection issues.
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