Sam Ricketts revealed Wayne Hatswell predicted that Wrexham and Newport County would draw each other in the FA Cup, The Leader report.

Reds boss Ricketts and Hatswell, assistant manager to Exiles chief Mike Flynn, are good mates and exchanged text messages ahead of the second round draw.

The teams were paired together in all-Welsh tie and Ricketts, who knows Hatswell through the Football Association of Wales’ Pro Licence coaching course and was a team-mate at Oxford United, said Hatswell had a strong feeling they would be going head to head for a place in the third round of the famous competition.

“I have come across Flynny over the years as a player and then I have come across him now on this side,” said Ricketts.

“I saw him and had a chat with him at the Welsh convention in the summer and I know his number two, Wayne Hatswell, really well.

“Myself and Wayne were texting each other before the FA Cup draw and he said about us playing each other.

“As soon as it came out, I think after about five seconds we both sent a text message to each other coming through at the same time.

“I blamed him for predicting that one!”

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