Reminding referee Thomas Bramall that the cross-border derby is a passionate affair might have saved Sam Wedgbury from another red card.

Wrexham beat Chester 1-0 at The Deva Stadium in another highly charged clash between the arch rivals on Wednesday.

Captain Shaun Pearson gave Wrexham a 44th minute lead but Chester claimed Wedgbury should have been sent off at the start of the second half following a late challenge on Paul Turnbull.

But Bramhall, who dismissed Wedgbury in September’s 1-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers after brandishing two yellow cards in quick succession, decided against a similar punishment and the midfielder escaped with a booking.

When asked whether he knew the same official was taking charge of the Chester game, Wedgbury said: “I seen that and had a little word with him before, saying ‘remember it is a derby’.”

But Wedgbury admits his challenge was “stupid” and he was relieved not to take an early bath.

“It was stupid but I slipped more than anything,” said Wedgbury.

“I didn’t mean to go through the lad or anything, I just thought I could win the ball and to be fair the linesman said it was just a caution.

“I probably did well to stay on but it is a derby at the end of the day and you are going to go in full-blooded, that is just what happens.

“I have tackled a lot worse and not been booked.”

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