Chesterfield 3 Wrexham 2
WREXHAM looked to have come back from the grave last night but Chesterfield came back with a dramatic stoppage-time winner from Rob Edwards.
The Red Dragons were trailing 2-0 inside the last 10 minutes and never looked like retrieving that deficit but then defender Steve Roberts pushed up to make it 2-1 and deadball specialist Darren Ferguson fired in a dramatic equaliser direct from a free-kick after referee Phil Richards had invoked the 10-yard dissent ruling.
Wrexham had substitute Martyn Chalk sent off in added on time.
Wrexham's five at the back were carved open in the opening minutes but Luke Beckett dragged a shot wide when he should have scored.
Minutes later Marcus Ebdon had Chesterfield ahead after goalkeeper Kristian Rogers was insecure on his angles. That goal clearly rattled Wrexham who had Dundee defender Willie Miller - on loan for three months - making his debut at right back.
Wrexham were forced to defend for much of the first half and their only on-target effort was a free-kick by Darren Ferguson which goalkeeper Nathan Abbey saved with ease.
Rogers then had to make a brilliant reflex save to keep out Ebdon's ferocious free kick as Wrexham were again forced on the back foot.
But they started to get more into the game towards half-time and Stephen Thomas shot just wide after newcomer Miller had set up the half-chance.
But the Dragons still had a lot to do to get back into it. They hadn't had much of a look in during the first half and there was room for much improvement.
Kevin Russell did his best to spark something but there was also more defending to do, as Chesterfield worked hard to double their lead. Only another blurring save by Rogers denied Lee Richardson after he steamed on to David Reeve's ball across the box.
Beckett made it 2-0 with a spectacular shot from 30 yards, spotting Rogers way off his line.