Can Boston United’s Davies slay the Red Dragons one more time? Pilgrims hoping for FA Trophy upset at Wrexham

Ben Davies. Photo: Eric Brown
Ben Davies. Photo: Eric Brown

Ben Davies is plotting another victory at the expense of Wrexham.

The Boston United defender knows exactly what it feels like to score and win against the Red Dragons, doing so in the colours of their bitter rivals Chester.

And as he returns to the Racecourse Ground on Saturday, with the Pilgrims looking to cause and FA Trophy upset against the National League promotion hopefuls, he admits he is getting excited.

“It’s a bit more like it. Wrexham draw’s a great draw,” he said.

“It’s a good opportunity for the lads to go and play in a big stadium in front of a big crowd and go and have a go at a good team.

“There are some good players there.”

Davies played in two feisty Cross-Border derbies in the 2005-06 season, lining up alongside Paul Ellender – who captained Boston in their last visit to Wrexham – in a 2-1 defeat at the Racecourse Ground in March 2006.

However, he opened the scoring from the penalty spot - offering a brazen kiss of his badge while celebrating – as Chester won the return fixture by the same scoreline at the Deva Stadium the following month.

But how does Davies feel he’ll be treated by the home fans on his return to North Wales?

“I don’t know. Hopefully, they’ve forgotten me by now,” joked the 37-year-old, who is also looking to get one over former Grimsby Town teammates Shaun Pearson and Luke Summerfield, who are now with the Red Dragons.

“I used to do alright against them and I always seemed to score.

“It will be nice to go back there. My family are only down the road from there and it’s a great old, traditional football ground.

“They’re a good club, a league club really, and it’ll be nice to have another go against them.

“They’ve signed some good players. I know a couple of them from Grimsby.”

Pearson is one of two former Pilgrims in the Wrexham squad, the other being keeper Christian Dibble.

Saturday’s trophy tie kicks off at 3pm).