THE cross-border derby passed “peacefully” and “without incident”, to the delight of police.

North Wales Police chief superintendent Alex Goss praised fans of both Wrexham and Chester FC for their behaviour before, during and after the midday National League fixture at the Racecourse Ground yesterday.

Chief Supt Goss also thanked the public for their patience on a busy day for the force, which also included officers managing the safe procession of runners taking part in the North Wales Marathon Championships.

Sunday’s match was only the second between the two sides since the controversial 'bubble' travel arrangements was lifted last year.

Chief Supt Goss said: “Firstly I would like to thank officers from both North Wales and Cheshire for their professionalism and dedication in managing the game.

“A carefully planned policing strategy ensured that the match passed off without incident.

“I am pleased with the success of the police operation which included the Wrexham marathon and the derby game.

“Our aim had always been to see the game pass peacefully while taking into account the rights of the people of Wrexham to go about their normal business.

“I would also like to thank public for their patience and understanding and the fans for their cooperation.”

Supporters had been advised to arrive early as Mold Road outside the ground was closed before and after the match to allow for the safe passage of fans.

Extra officers from both forces had been deployed to enable additional security checks, with fans warned about avoiding alcohol before attempting to get into the ground.

Before the game, applause rang out around the Racecourse a minute later as the fans sounded their tributes to former Red, Kieron Durkan, who was found dead last month.

Wrexham’s 2-0 win moves them up to fourth in the National League table while Chester remain adrift in the relegation zone.