National League

Wrexham 1-0 Chester

Kieron Morris
Wrexham goal scorer Kieron Morris is on loan from Walsall

Wrexham secured their first cross-border derby win since 2008 as Kieron Morris's early goal saw off Chester.

Visiting captain Kieron Charnock cleared off the line early on before Morris struck with a fierce shot.

Charnock and Matty Hughes went close for Chester but Morris and Joe Clarke, denied by the legs of Jon Worsnop, should have extended the lead.

Andy Coughlin saved from Gareth Roberts and Oliver McBurnie as Chester searched for an equaliser but Wrexham held on.

It was Wrexham's first win in four meetings since Chester FC reformed in 2010, following the demise of Chester City.

Chester. who won 2-1 in this season's first derby meeting at Bumpers Lane, slip to 12th in the Conference table after their second straight defeat.

FA Trophy finalists Wrexham climb a place to 17th, now 10 points clear of trouble, with games in hand on the rest of the division.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin told BBC Radio Wales:

"I'm delighted for the boys and delighted for everybody.

"It was a strong 1-0 victory if there can be such a thing. I'm pleased with the way the boys applied themselves to the game.

"Chester started the second half stronger than us and had a bit of a go but we finished strongly."

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

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Burr bemoans Racecourse Ground pitch

"It was a poor game of football, but Wrexham adjusted to the conditions better than we did. I don't want it to sound like sour grapes, but we had to fight the pitch before you could get the ball under control.

"Sometimes it happens. There will be a few more of these surfaces before the end of the season - where it's dry and hard. "It was the same for them as well though.

"They got that break, but Andy Coughlin made the best save of the game when Ollie McBurnie got on the end of a cross. The save was more instinct than anything else. A terrific stop."



  • 1Coughlin
  • 14Tomassen
  • 4Smith
  • 5Hudson
  • 3AshtonBooked at 34mins
  • 6Clarke
  • 28StorerBooked at 29minsSubstituted forKeatesat 65'minutes
  • 15EvansBooked at 21mins
  • 24Jennings
  • 9MoultSubstituted forBishopat 76'minutes
  • 27MorrisSubstituted forYorkat 87'minutes


  • 7Durrell
  • 10Bishop
  • 12Keates
  • 16York
  • 26Waterfall


  • 1Worsnop
  • 23HigginsBooked at 87mins
  • 22Heneghan
  • 6CharnockSubstituted forBrownat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Roberts
  • 7MahonBooked at 74mins
  • 10Rooney
  • 18AbbottSubstituted forJamesat 61'minutes
  • 27Hughes
  • 16McConvilleSubstituted forHobsonat 73'minutes
  • 17McBurnie


  • 5Brown
  • 8James
  • 13Viscosi
  • 15Richards
  • 19Hobson
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Match Stats

Home TeamWrexhamAway TeamChester
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Live Text

Match ends, Wrexham 1, Chester FC 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wrexham 1, Chester FC 0.


Matty Brown (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matty Brown (Chester FC).

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Wes York (Wrexham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.


Substitution, Wrexham. Wes York replaces Kieron Morris.


Ryan Higgins (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Higgins (Chester FC).

Joe Clarke (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Andy Bishop (Wrexham).

Matty Brown (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Offside, Chester FC. Matty Hughes tries a through ball, but Matty Hughes is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Wrexham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.


Substitution, Wrexham. Andy Bishop replaces Louis Moult.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Wrexham).

Matty Hughes (Chester FC) wins a free kick.


Craig Mahon (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

Dean Keates (Wrexham) wins a free kick.


Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Hobson replaces Sean McConville.

Corner, Wrexham.

Attempt missed. Matty Brown (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sean McConville.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Joe Clarke (Wrexham).

Kingsley James (Chester FC) wins a free kick.


Substitution, Wrexham. Dean Keates replaces Kyle Storer.


Substitution, Chester FC. Kingsley James replaces Brad Abbott.

Corner, Wrexham.


Substitution, Chester FC. Matty Brown replaces Kieran Charnock.

Foul by Gareth Roberts (Chester FC).

Connor Jennings (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Oliver McBurnie (Chester FC) header from the left side of the box is saved. Assisted by John Rooney.

Corner, Chester FC.

Corner, Chester FC.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt saved. Gareth Roberts (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Offside, Wrexham. Connor Jennings tries a through ball, but Connor Jennings is caught offside.

Corner, Chester FC.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wrexham 1, Chester FC 0.