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PREVIEW: Stevenage

22 December 2017

The Spireites are back on their travels again tomorrow, when they take on Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium, in a Sky Bet League Two clash (3pm). Here’s our match preview………

Tickets

Supporters are advised that tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, however they can be purchased on the day from Stevenage – subject to a £3 price increase.

The tickets are priced as follows (includes increase): -

Category

Price

Adults

£24

Concessions (60+)

£21

U22s

£16

U16s

£12

U12s

£10

Team news

Stevenage have no injury worries ahead of tomorrow’s fixture and manager Darren Sarll could welcome Ben Kennedy back into his starting XI, after the forward underwent a back operation in November.

Chesterfield on the other hand, will check on the fitness of centre half Sam Hird and midfielder Robbie Weir, after both didn’t train on Thursday due to a tight hamstring and illness respectively.

Jack Lester is still without long term absentees Joe Anyon, Gozie Ugwu, Jordan Sinnott, and Jordan Flores, along with recent injury victims Bradley Barry and Laurence Maguire.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Jake Eastwood is set to make his Spireites debut after joining the club on an emergency loan from Sheffield United.

Manager – Darren Sarll

After a playing career spent in non-league, Sarll’s coaching career started with Stevenage in 2006, where he took charge of the club’s youth team, before progressing to reserve team manager.

Following spells coaching at Brentford and Rotherham United, Sarll returned to the Lamex Stadium in 2012 and three years later he became first team coach.

Sarll took over the role as first team manager initially on a caretaker basis, following the departure of Teddy Sheringham in February 2016.

In his debut season he guided them to an 18th placed finish, before a 10th placed finish last term. 

One to watch – Matthew Godden

The 26-year-old forward joined the club in 2016 after a two-year spell with Ebbsfleet United.

In his first season with the club he scored an impressive 21 goals from 38 appearances and so far this season, Godden has picked up from where he left off with 10 goals and three assists to his name. His fine form has even alerted scouts from higher divisions, with both Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town previously expressing interest in him.

Born in Canterbury, Godden’s career started with Scunthorpe United and took in loan spells with non-league sides Brigg Town, Ilkeston and Gainsborough Trinity.

Head to head

There have only been four previous league meetings between the two sides and the Spireites are unbeaten in all of them, the full record is as follows:

Stevenage - 0 (wins).

Draws – 3.

Chesterfield - 1 win.

Town last travelled to Stevenage in March 2012 and took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Neal Trotman and Jordan Bowery, before Scott Laird and Craig Reid levelled for the home side in the space of two second half minutes, to ensure a share of the spoils.

From the Dugout

Despite having to contend with numerous injuries, Lester is still confident that his players will bounce back after last weekend’s defeat to Wycombe Wanderers.

“We’re stretched, it’s no secret but we can still put a good side out,” he said. “What we will do is pick a side that will be good enough to win the game.

“They’re a good side, we’ve seen a couple of their games and they’re probably not quite as direct as Wycombe as in having that outlet of a front man, but there’s one two areas that we think we can hurt them so we’ll be looking at that.”

Can’t get to Stevenage? Fear not you’ll still be able to follow all the action.

Across match day we'll have: 

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow. 

- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page.

- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds. 

- Stats and reaction across the weekend on the official site.

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Match Reports

Spireites Lose at Stevenage

23 December 2017

Chesterfield suffered a 5-1 defeat away at Stevenage in a disappointing afternoon at the Lamex Stadium.

A dramatic first-half saw four goals scored, with Danny Newton and Dale Gorman giving the hosts a two-goal lead before, Kristian Dennis’ first goal in three games got Chesterfield back into the match.

However, within 60 seconds of the restart, Newton’s cross was diverted into the back of the Spireites net by Jak McCourt to restore Stevenage’s two goal lead.

Striker Matt Godden scored twice after the interval to increase the host’s advantage.

The first-half drama started in the fifth minute, Ian Evatt missed a cross into the area Godden could turned and shot, but debutant goalkeeper Jake Eastwood was equal to the effort and turned it away for a corner-kick.

Minutes later, McCourt’s clearance stopped an almost certain goal, after Ronnie Henry’s miscued shot fell at the feet of Alex Samuel, but McCourt got in front of the Stevenage player to clear.

In the end the home side’s pressure told, Samuel’s whipped in cross allowed Newton to get across a town defender and flick the ball past Eastwood.

Once going behind, Chesterfield got themselves back into the game and had chances of their own.
Chris O’Grady had one shot saved and another blocked. Before, Louis Reed nearly latched onto Eastwood’s clearance, where goalkeeper Joe Fryer came out bravely to clear. 

Then, Ian Evatt’s miss-control, allowed Gorman through on goal and he calmly slotted it past Eastwood to double the host’s lead. In the lead up to the goal Evatt went down injured and was replaced by Connor Dimaio.

A turbulent final five minutes of the first-half followed, Dennis’ cross fell at the feet of O’Grady whose shot was blocked on the line and Andy Kellett’s follow up was smartly blocked too.

Seconds later, Kellett had another goal scoring chance which was turned away and Dimaio couldn’t convert the follow up.

The Spireites eventually had their goal when Kellett’s curling cross was met by the head of Kristan Dennis and he nodded it past Fryer.

Stevenage restored their two-goal lead seconds after conceding. Newton’s cross hit the unfortunate McCourt found the back of the net and give them a 3-1 lead heading into the break.

Chesterfield had a great opportunity to reduce the deficit early in the second half. Dimaio’s pass allowed Joe Rowley to fire his shot on-goal, but Fryer was alert and excellently turned the ball over the crossbar to keep the game at 3-1.

Stevenage again capitalised on poor Chesterfield defending, a clearance down field evaded the Spireites’ defence and Godden could run through and slot past the stranded Eastwood in goal.

The final goal of the afternoon came in the 72nd minute when Godden got his second of the match, he was left free inside the Chesterfield penalty area and cleverly dinked the ball over the onrushing Eastwood.

Stevenage: Fryer, Smith, Martin, King (Franks 79'), Samuel (Kennedy 79'), Gorman, Newton, Vancooten, Godden (Gray 74'), Henry, McKee.

Substitutes: Day (gk), Whelpdale, Beautyman, Pett.

Chesterfield: Eastwood Binnom-Williams, Hird, Wiseman, Evatt (Dimaio 28’), Dennis, O’Grady, Rowley, Kellett (De Girolamo 72), Reed, McCourt.

Substitutes not used: Parkin (gk), Mitchell, Wakefield, German, Ofoegbu.

Attendance 2,403.

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Ticket News

Stevenage Ticket Update

21 December 2017

Supporters are advised that tickets for Saturday's trip to Stevenage (3pm), will go off sale at the Proact ticket office and online at 5pm today (Thursday, December 21).

Prices for the match at the Lamex Stadium are as follows: -

Category Price
Adults £21
Concessions (60+) £18
U22s £13
U16s £9
U12s

£7

Tickets can also be purchased on the day at Stevenage, though all categories are subject to a £3 price increase.

Supporters can also purchase family tickets prior to the day of the game, though these will only be available to be purchased at the Proact ticket office or by telephone on 01246 269300 option 1.

The family tickets are priced as follows (they will not be able to be purchased on the day of the game): -

Category Price
Family of three (One adult & two x U16s) £35
Family of four (Two adults & two x U16s) £50

True Blue Travel is also available for this match, priced at £16 for adults and £9 for juniors (must be accompanied by an adult). The coach departs the Proact at 10.30am.

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