PREVIEW: Spireites look to slay the Dragons in FA Cup

Chesterfield face Wrexham at the Proact Stadium as they look to advance into the First Round of the FA Cup.

The Spireites will be looking for a second win over Wrexham this week after Michael Chambers own goal secured a 1-0 victory on Tuesday.


The Opposition

The Dragons have had a difficult start to the season and sit just a point above the Spireites. Both sides have only managed three victories this season; the Welsh side with wins against Barrow, Halifax and most recently, struggling Ebbsfleet.

Their poor start lead to the departure of club legend Bryan Hughes, making way for Dean Keates to take hold of the managerial reigns at the Racecourse Ground for his second spell in charge.

After the home loss to John Sheridan's side in midweek, Wrexham find themselves in the relegation zone of the national League.



Bobby Grant - The Liverpudlian came through the youth system at Accrington Stanley. He went on to sign a professional contract for Stanley and scored his first goal against the Spireites in a 1-0 win at the Crown Ground in April 2009.

After spending the majority of his career in the Football League with the likes of Scunthorpe United, Rochdale, Blackpool and Fleetwood, the striker joined Wrexham on loan from Fleetwood in November 2018, before making the move permanent the following January. The 29-year-old is the Dragons’ top scorer with six goals this term.


Previous Meetings

The two sides have met over a hundred times, facing each other mostly in the bottom divisions of the Football League. The two sides met for the first time in the National League at the Proact Stadium when Johnathan Smith’s 90th minute strike secured the Spireites a point.

In the reverse fixture the Welsh side managed to come out on top, with a 1-0 win. When mentioning Wrexham and Chesterfield it would be rude not to mention that fixture in 1997, not the two goalless draws of course. The most recent fixture was the 1-0 win for the Spireites during the week.


Team News

John Sheridan revealed that Anthony Spyrou is back fit after picking up a knock in the win over AFC Fylde.

Her also said that David Buchanan is back in training and Laurence Maguire hasn't returned yet.


Sheridan’s Thoughts

Sheridan said: "There's always excitement of trying to get a bigger team in the latter stages. We know the importance and Wrexham is provably one of the toughest games we could have got."

"I expect a really tough game but we're at home and I'd like us to build on the last two games."

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