WREXHAM have been forced to move their friendly with Fleetwood Town away from The Racecourse.

Work on the playing surface started almost immediately after Wrexham's National League play-off preliminary round defeat to Eastleigh in early May.

But due to the wet weather, the second phase of works on The Racecourse playing surface has had to be postponed, meaning the ground will not be ready to host Joey Barton's Cod Army on Friday, July 5.

The game has now been switched to Fleetwood's Poolfoot Farm training ground with a 6pm kick-off.

A statement on the Reds' official website read: "Wrexham would like to inform supporters that a change of venue for our pre-season friendly against Fleetwood Town on Friday, July 5 has been required.

"Due to the inclement weather conditions the second phase of works on the Racecourse pitch had to be postponed.

"This delay means the pitch will not be ready to host the game against Fleetwood but will be fully prepared in time for the visit of Stoke City. "

Championship outfit Stoke will head to Wrexham on Wednesday, July 17 for what will be Bryan Hughes' side's fifth pre-season fixture.

Wrexham start their seven-game schedule on Saturday against Cefn Druids at The Rock, before facing Fleetwood six days later.

The Reds will then head off to Portugal for a training camp, where they will face top-flight opposition in the shape of Portimonense on Tuesday, July 9.

Upon their return to north Wales, Wrexham visit AFC Telford on Saturday, July 13, prior to Stoke heading to The Racecourse.

A trip to Curzon Ashton's Tameside Stadium follows on Saturday, July 20, before Wrexham conclude their pre-season friendlies against Crewe on home soil seven days later.