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Posted by Matt Howitt
Posted on Thu 9 Nov 2017
Posted in League News

Just a single midweek fixture in the National League saw the Cross-Border derby take place between English side Chester and Welsh side Wrexham in one of the oldest, fiercest derbies in British football.

Fans of both sides had to wait slightly longer to see their teams play out this enticing clash, as kick off was delayed due to traffic congestion however the game was underway at 8pm.

The Deva Stadium hosted its largest crowd in three years and the home side didn’t have to wait long before they were treated to some action, as Jordan Archer latched onto an Andy Halls pass to round Chris Dunn only to see his effort cleared off the line by Manny Smith.

It was Wrexham who had the ball in the back of the net in the 24th minute however, only for Chris Holroyd see his finish flagged for offside after he turned in a low ball from Paul Rutherford.

Things went from bad to worse for Chester as Reece Hall-Johnson was forced to come off on just the 27th minute due to injury.

Chester can feel especially aggrieved as they saw a stone-wall penalty shout turned down as the ball struck Holroyd on the arm however the referee waved away the protests.

Wrexham did in fact grab the first, and what would turn out to be the only goal of this tie, as the away side picked up a free kick which was whipped in by Marcus Kelly straight onto the head of Shaun Pearson who directed his header into the back of the net just a minute before the break.

The home side had two efforts cannon off the woodwork in the second half, with Dawson crashing a low effort off the post and then just five minutes later, the crossbar saved the away side as James Akintunde’s long range effort could only find the woodwork.

Another shout for a penalty for the home side as Rowe-Turner went down in the box but these shouts were also dismissed which really summed up this tie for the home side who will have felt hard done by and frustrated that they failed to come away from anything in this game.

Saturday fixtures are back in full swing this weekend with all other teams excluding Chester and Wrexham in the National League featuring and the Shaymen will be taking on Woking at the MBi Shay Stadium at 3pm.

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