Derby Day Looms Large, But Who Has The Upper Hand?

9 months ago By Sam Elliott

It’s almost that time again. The second cross-border derby of the 2017/18 National League season is just days away. Luke Turner looks at their last nine meetings.

The fierce rivals battle it out this Sunday at the Racecourse Ground live on BT Sport from 11:30am – kick off is at midday.

As well as bragging rights, a win for either team could prove to be crucial in their quest for promotion and survival.

Dean Keates’ Wrexham know that three points will further consolidate their position in the play-off places – they’re seventh on 60 points.

The situation for Marcus Bignot’s Chester is looking a lot more desperate as they sit in the relegation zone, six points adrift of safety.

To whet your appetite, let’s rewind and remember some of the previous encounters between these two sides.

Chester 0 Wrexham 1 – 08/11/17
In their most recent meeting, it was Wrexham who walked away winners. The game was delayed due to traffic congestion, with over 4,000 in attendance at the Deva Stadium.
Shaun Pearson scored the only goal of the game just before half-time as he headed home a Marcus Kelly free-kick.

Chester 1 Wrexham 1 – 21/01/17
Former Blue John Rooney came back to haunt his former club as he opened the scoring for the visitors on this tense occasion.
But, in true derby day spirit, Chester fought back to earn a point thanks to James Alabi’s penalty on the hour mark. Home skipper Luke George was given his marching orders 11 minutes from time as Jon McCarthy’s men ended with 10.

Wrexham 0 Chester 0 – 24/09/16
This one ended goalless, with neither side looking likely of breaking the deadlock. The home fans let their feelings know at full-time as they booed off their team.

Wrexham 3 Chester 0 – 19/03/16
Bragging rights were regained for the Dragons as they swept aside their rivals with three goals in the final half an hour.
Connor Jennings, Kayden Jackson and Robbie Evans all scored for the home side, as the misery was compounded for Chester who saw Ryan Astles sent off for giving away a penalty that Jennings converted.

Chester 3 Wrexham 2 – 03/10/15
A sensational John Rooney free-kick set the Seals on their way in this five-goal thriller.
Dominic Vose levelled from the spot for Wrexham, but goals from Tom Shaw and substitute Kane Richards secured the win despite a late consolation from Connor Jennings.

Wrexham 1 Chester 0 – 07/03/15
The Red Dragons' seven-year wait for a win in the cross-border derby came to an end as Kieron Morris netted with a smart finish after eight minutes.
Chester boss Steve Burr bemoaned the state of the pitch at the Racecourse Ground, describing it as ‘hard and dry’.

Chester 2 Wrexham 1 – 22/09/14
Ben Heneghan scored a dramatic last-gasp winner as Chester claimed all three points in an exhilarating match.
Wrexham took the lead after just four minutes through Blaine Hudson, but the hosts stuck level thanks to Craig Hobson.
The drama didn’t end there as, deep into stoppage time, Heneghan nipped in to meet a Kingsley James cross to secure the win.
Wrexham boss Kevin Wilkin described the loss as a ‘kick in the teeth’ as they came away empty handed.

Chester 0 Wrexham 0 – 19/04/14
Survival hopes took a huge boost for Chester as they claimed a point off their rivals in a scrappy encounter.
It wasn't the result the visitors wanted as they looked to try and sink their foes.

Wrexham 0 Chester 2 – 31/08/13
Chester secured their first points of the season as the Anglo-Welsh derby clash took place early on in the 2013/14 season.
First-half goals from Paul Linwood and Lewis Turner gave the travelling Seals their first victory at this level since reforming in 2010.

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