CHRIS LLEWELLYN wants to rekindle his partnership with fellow Wales international Neil Roberts in Wrexham’s derby with Chester City this weekend.
Striker Llewellyn, the Dragons’ top scorer this season with 10 goals, will be available for Sunday’s crunch Racecourse clash after missing Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Peterborough.
If he and Roberts are selected, Wrexham will have what was regarded earlier in the season as their first-choice strike partnership starting together for the first time since October 14.
That game was the 2-1 defeat at home to MK Dons, in which Roberts fired Wrexham ahead in a return from injury which proved to be premature.
Before that Wrexham were unbeaten in the seven games Llewellyn and Roberts played together, winning four and drawing seven, with the 2-1 triumph over Chester at the Deva Stadium on August 20 – in which Roberts scored a penalty – among the list of victories.
After Roberts returned from his ankle injury to make his first competitive start since the MK Dons game on Saturday, Llewellyn said he was eager to be back in the starting line-up with his old partner.
“I don’t know what the tean’s going to be at this early stage but I’m just looking forward to being back playing,” said Llewellyn. “I’ll just be happy to be in the team whoever I’m playing with, but I enjoy playing with Robbo. We’ve struck up a decent partnership and we play well together.
“It’s a big boost to have Robbo back. He’s one of our main players – he’s got good experience, he’s good at holding the ball up and in this league that’s important.
“He allows me to do what I’m more comfortable doing. Without Robbo I tend to have to do all the aerial stuff when I’d rather be going the other way, so we complement each other well. We’ve had a good partnership early on in the season so hopefully that will start up again.
Asked if Wrexham could now put together a winning run to pull away from relagation danger, Llewellyn said: “We’re going to have to. Everyone’s positive going into the game on Sunday – it’s a massive game and we don’t need reminding of what it means to Wrexham fans to beat Chester.
“We’ll all be going out there giving it our all, and hopefully we’ll get the three points we need.”
Midfielder Danny Williams admitted many more repeat performances of Saturday’s dismal defeat at Peterborough will see them relegated.
In six games in charge, Dragons boss Brian Carey has drawn two and lost four matches and has seen the Dragons drop to second bottom in League Two.
The defeat at London Road left Carey’s men in the relegation mire and Williams is in no doubt about the size of the task facing them ahead of the derby.
He said: “If we play like we did in the second half at Peterborough we’ll get relegated, it’s as simple as that.
“We’ve a big derby game on Sunday and we’ve got to improve. I just hope some of the lads realise that Wrexham need to stay up and push on.
“I hope the squad understand that it’s Chester and the importance of that rivalry.”
Midfielder Mark Jones, who also made his first start against Peterborough after two months out with a knee injury, is suspended for Sunday’s game after picking up his fifth booking on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Chester boss Mark Wright is set to complete a loan deal for Everton midfielder Alan Kearney.
The 19-year-old is an Ireland under-21 international and a regular in the Blues’ reserves.
Chester hope the FA will approve the deal in time for Kearney to feature in the squad for Sunday’s clash.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan is hopeful of adding more players to the squad in the coming weeks.
“Everton allowed Alan to train with us last week and our management team have been extremely impressed with his attitude and the way he has performed in training,” he said.
“I would like to thank David Moyes and his Everton staff for allowing us to take Alan on loan. Hopefully he will be the first of two or three new signings we make in the next couple of weeks.”