Why Chesterfield's next opponents Wrexham will lay new pitch after Spireites visit Racecourse Ground

Chesterfield’s next opponents, Wrexham, will lay a new pitch at the Racecourse Ground in a bid to improve the playing surface after the Spireites visit next Tuesday.

By Liam Norcliffe
Thursday, 30th September 2021, 11:45 am
Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.
Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

The Red Dragons said the decision has been made because the work carried out on the pitch over the summer ‘failed to provide a playing surface to the standard we believe is required’ and that it could lead to ‘significant problems’ during the season.

Town head to the Racecourse Ground on October 5 in the National League and then a new surface will be laid.

Wrexham have received confirmation from the Football Association that if they are drawn at home in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round then the match will be played at a neutral venue.

Manager Phil Parkinson said: “The playing surface at the Racecourse Ground has been a concern from our first pre-season friendly.

“The decisive action taken by the board to have it re-turfed at a substantial expense is appreciated and, while it is not without risk, it should mean that we have a reliable playing surface through the winter months.

“It is disappointing that we are having to potentially relinquish home advantage for this round of the FA Cup, but it is a decision I fully support, to allow the pitch the maximum time to settle before we play Torquay United on October 30.”

Wrexham are currently ninth in the National League table, seven points behind Chesterfield but they have played one game fewer.

The Spireites picked up four points against the Dragons last season, winning at home and drawing away.