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PREVIEW: Stevenage

26 January 2018

After last week's 2-1 win away at Yeovil Town, the Spireites return to the Proact tomorrow, looking to make it three wins in a row when Stevenage come to North Derbyshire (3pm). Here's our big match preview........


Supporters should be aware that Tesco Extra, adjacent to the Proact Stadium, will be enforcing a two-hour match day parking restriction.


Supporters can purchase their tickets on the day of the game, from the Club Superstore from 9am-12pm and then from the ticket office, which will be open from 12pm until kick off.

A full list of prices can be found here.

Team news

The Spireites will be without the services of Drew Talbot, after it was confirmed that the full back will be out for four-six weeks with a pulled hamstring. 

Tomorrow's match will also come too soon for Bradley Barry and Gozie Ugwu.

Stevenage meanwhile will check on the availability of Joe Martin and Dan Newton ahead of match, while midfielder Chris Whelpdale misses out through an ankle injury.

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. Heading into tomorrow’s match, Sarll finds his side in 15th position and unbeaten in their last three league games.

One to watch – Matthew Godden

The 27-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 13 goals and three assists to his name, including two in the 5-1 win over the Spireites last month.

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

Tomorrow’s meeting is just the sixth between the two clubs and it’s fair to say that honours are well and truly even: -

Chesterfield – 1 win.

Draws – 3

Stevenage – 1 win

The Spireites’ only victory over the Boro, came seven years ago, when Drew Talbot scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Proact on January 15, 2011.

From the dugout

Town boss Jack Lester says that tomorrow's clash won't be a repeat of when the two sides last met and emphasised the importance of extending the good form at the Proact over the last couple of months.

He said: “It’ll be a different game, they ran over the top of us, it was a real off day down there. And that won’t happen on Saturday – we’ll be a much tougher opposition.

"I thought the Luton performance was excellent. There was a real good atmosphere and there was a real good feel about the place. From before the game to when the game went on you could just sense there was a real good feeling from the stands on to the pitch."

Can't get to the Proact? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game. 

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 night on the official site.

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Match Reports

Spireites Slip to Narrow Defeat

27 January 2018

Chesterfield failed to make it three wins in a row after losing 1-0 at home to Stevenage, with Ben Kennedy scoring the only goal of the game early in the second half.

The first chance of the game fell to the home side after some good build up play from Joe Rowley and Louis Reed which eventually saw Rowley’s cross fly past the post with Kristian Dennis unable to get on the end of it.

Dennis was making first start since returning from injury as he looked to add to his impressive 15-goal tally in all competitions so far this season.

Stevenage were then awarded a controversial free-kick which almost saw them take the lead. Mark McKee’s cross found the head of Danny Newton, but he saw the ball come back off the post and Chesterfield managed to clear to safety.

January signing Zavon Hines nearly put the Spireites ahead after good work from Reed to win the ball back, but his curling shot struck Dennis who was in an off-side position.

The first half came to an end with neither side managing to find the net in a tight encounter.

With only three minutes having been played in the second half, Stevenage scored what proved to be the winner in fortuitous fashion. Aaron Ramsdale’s attempted clearance hit Kennedy and rolled into the empty net, with the keeper slipping as he kicked the ball. Moments later, Kennedy limped off to be replaced by Tom Pett.

Reed almost levelled things up with a well-struck free-kick that was punched away by Tom King. Jak McCourt then fired just wide after good build-up play from Josh Kay.

McCourt was again involved as his low cross after a swift counter-attack was collected by Rowley, whose shot was deflected wide for a corner that came to nothing.

It was end-to-end action as Stevenage nearly doubled their advantage when Danny Newton saw his fierce shot tipped over by Ramsdale.

Chris O’Grady was then introduced to the game on 73 minutes and almost provided and instant impact. His header flew just wide of the post from Andy Kellett’s cross, the latter having also just been brought on to replace Hines.

Stevenage looked dangerous on the counter-attack and substitute Pett almost put the game to bed but his shot curled just wide.

The Spireites were throwing everything at Stevenage as the fourth official held up the board showing there would be six additional minutes.

Chesterfield failed to force an equaliser in the remaining minutes as Darren Sarll’s men held on to claim all three points.

The result means the Spireites remain unmoved in 22nd place.

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Whitmore, Nelson, Maguire (Binnom-Williams 84), Weir, Reed, McCourt, Kay (O’Grady 73’), Hines (Kellett 62’), Dennis, Rowley

Unused substitutes: Parkin, De Girolamo, Wiseman, Dimaio.

Stevenage: King, Smith, King, Franks, Kennedy (Pett 51), Newton (Wilkinson 82), Van Cooten, Godden (Conlon 59), Henry, Mckee, Wilmott

Unused substitutes: Fryer, Slater, Georgiou.

Attendance: 4,981.

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Ticket News

Stevenage Tickets on Sale Now

22 January 2018

Tickets for the Spireites' Sky Bet League Two home fixture with Stevenage on Saturday (3pm), are now available at the ticket office and online.

Adult prices for the match with 'The Boro' start from £20, a full list of prices can be found here.

Help us to #PacktheProact as the Spireites go looking for three straight league victories, by purchasing your tickets now online, at the ticket office or via telephone on 01246 269300 (option one).

Supporters are advised that ticket sales during the week will now take place in the Club SuperstoreClick here for further information.

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