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Wrexham v Chester FC: Three Dragons to watch out for in the derby

All eyes on the cross-border showdown at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday

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Wrexham AFC's Callum Powell, Robbie Evans and Curtis Tilt

Whisper it quietly, but there is a big derby this weekend.

Chester FC cross the border to meet Wrexham AFC at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday.

Only a point and a place separate the bitter rivals in the National League table so there is even more at stake on top of the all-important bragging rights.

Both managers will be desperate for a good result, but Gary Mills is the boss under pressure and has to satisfy the home fans.

Daily Post sports reporter Rob Griffiths watches the Dragons every week, so who better to ask for the inside track on their threats?

Here he has picked out three Wrexham players to look out for:

Curtis Tilt

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Curtis Tilt in action for Wrexham

Rob Griffiths (RG): It might seem a bit strange to pick out a centre-half as one to watch, especially heading into the cross-border derby, but Curtis Tilt has so far been the find of the summer for the Dragons.

His signing raised a few eyebrows in the off-season, in truth not many fans had heard much about the former AFC Telford defender.

He started the season in the stands as a three match suspension carried over to the 2016-17 term, but he has been an integral part of the Dragons since his immediate inclusion after ending his brief stint on the sidelines.

Tilt is calmness personified on the ball, has a real level of composure about him and is rarely troubled.

An excellent footballer, Tilt has the ability to spark defence into attack and is more than comfortable in running with the ball from deep.

In defence he is exceptional, winning the majority of his challenges, but also possessing a good turn of pace to get him out of trouble if and when he may be caught out.

And it is worrying for opposition to think he is still learning and adapting to life in the fifth tier having made the step up in quality over the last few seasons.

Callum Powell

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Wrexham winger Callum Powell against Hyde

RG: How Wrexham will be desperate to see the young winger given the green fitness light for this weekend’s derby.

Powell may be diminutive in size but he is quick and dangerous when given space and aso has an eye for goal.

The youngster had been a peripheral figure for the Dragons this term, coming off the bench to play a part in their opening seven games before earning his first start for the trip to Maidstone United, scoring both goals in 2-2 draw at the Gallagher Stadium.

He was unfortunate to pick up an injury the following Saturday in the 1-0 win over Sutton United and missed the subsequent trip to Woking last Saturday.

But Powell gives Wrexham a certain spark in attack, not just his pace, but also his trickery on the ball and ability to create something from seemingly nothing.

Robbie Evans

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Robbie Evans playing for Wrexham

RG: At times this term Wrexham have been guilty of losing their shape in the middle of the park and leaving themselves horribly open at the back and susceptible to a counter attack.

Manager Gary Mills has tried a number of methods in a bid to find the solution for that particular issue, but the return to fitness of midfielder Robbie Evans could be the answer.

Evans continued his development as a player under Mills last season and had been in good form in the summer before picking up an ankle injury in the final pre-season game at Hyde United.

He managed five minutes – plus injury time at Woking last week – as he made his return to competitive action, and could be key for the Dragons this weekend.

Evans will give Wrexham a real driving force in the middle of the park on Saturday, but also an added bit of solidity in front of the back four.

Plus he is a local lad and loves nothing more than playing – and scoring – against Chester; you only have to think back to the Racecourse derby of last season to see what it means to him.

What do you think of this story? Are there any other Wrexham players to look out for in your opinion? Let us know in the comments below.

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