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PREVIEW: Lincoln City

9 March 2018

After last week's postponement, the Spireites return to action tomorrow, when Lincoln City visit the Proact (3pm). Here's our big match preview.........

Reminder

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

Tickets

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

Jack Lester will be without midfielders Robbie Weir and Louis Reed through injury and suspension respectively.

There is better news for Lester, with left back George Smith in contention to make his Spireites debut after recovering from an ankle injury.

Depsite their return to training, the match is set to come too soon for goalkeeper Joe Anyon and midfielder Jordan Sinnott. Long-term absentees Sam Hird, Ian Evatt and Gozie Ugwu also miss out.

Lincoln will be without defender Luke Waterfall who will be suspended for the trip to the Proact. The Imps captain was sent off during their club's draw with Mansfield in midweek for throwing a bottle back towards the stand, after it had been thrown on to the pitch by a fan.

James Wilson will also miss the game with ankle ligament damage. He has stepped up his recovery since being injured against Cambridge United last month but the clash with the Spireites will come too soon.

The opposition

Manager- Danny Cowley

A non-league midfielder in his playing days, the Lincoln boss is one of the youngest in the EFL, aged just 39.

Despite his age though, he has plenty of experience in the dugout, after accepting his first job at Concord Rangers in 2007, shortly after finishing his playing career at the club. In an eight-year stint, he guided to the club to three promotions, leaving them in the Vanarama South to join Braintree Town in 2015, guiding them to the Vanarama National League play-offs, before moving on to manage the Imps.

In his first campaign, he led them back to the football league by winning the National League title, ending the Imps’ six-year spell in non-league. He also guided them to an FA Cup Quarter final, beating Brighton and Burnley in the process, before being knocked out by Arsenal.

His second season could also end in promotion, with Lincoln sat just outside the play-off places. They already have one trip to Wembley in the bag, as they will contest the Checkatrade Trophy final against Shrewsbury Town on April 8.

One to Watch - Michael Bostwick

A name familiar with the majority of lower league fans, due to his spells at Stevenage and Peterborough United, the tough tackling midfielder will try his best to make it difficult for the Spireites to get into a rhythm.

He will also be a danger going forward, having scored when the two sides met earlier this season.

Bostwick also netted against the Spireites in December 2016, while he was playing for the Posh.

Head to Head

Today’s visitors are far from strangers to Chesterfield, with the two clubs having met 107 times since their first meeting all the way back in 1899.

The full head to head record is as follows:

Chesterfield - 40 (wins)

Draws - 25

Lincoln City - 42 (wins) 

Almost ten years ago to the day these two sides met at Saltergate, with Chesterfield running out 4-1 winners, with midfielder Lloyd Kerry and Lester putting the Spireites 2-0 up.

Ben Wright pulled one back for the Imps, before a Peter Leven strike and another goal from Kerry sealed the points in style. You can watch the goals below.

From the dugout

Lester knows that tomorrow's clash with the Imps will be another good test for his side, but he's confident of his men being able to get a result.

"They're a good side and we're expecting a very tough game," he said.

"I went to see them in the week and we know what to expect. We've got good players of our own and it'll be a good game.

"It'll be a good atmosphere in here and that's what we want. As a football club you want to play in those games with good atmospheres and let's hope we get the win."

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 weekend on the official site.

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Match Reports

Defeat for Spireites

10 March 2018

Chesterfield slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Lincoln City after taking the lead.

The match had to be stopped in the 26th minute for an air ambulance to land on the pitch as medics tended to a stricken fan who required emergency treatement after being taken ill in the East Stand.

Just minutes after play resumed, the Spireites took the lead through Alex Whitmore's header but the outcome of the match was ultimately decided by corner-kicks, with Michael Bostwick and then Scott Wharton meeting Samuel Habergham’s deliveries before Ollie Palmer sealed victory for the visitors.

Chesterfield showed character and desire throughout, starting the match with intensity and physicality.

It took until the 19th minute for the game’s first chance, a looped ball into the middle from Elliott Whitehouse found Matt Green in space in the middle but his header was smartly stopped by Aaron Ramsdale who got down low to make the save,

Chesterfield grew into the game, started pushing forward and five minutes later Chris O’Grady went close to connecting with Jak McCourt‘s low cross in behind the defence.

The Spireites emerged from the stoppage with the bit between their teeth, pressing forward and getting the reward. Josh Kay, who gave an energetic performance, whipped a wonderful ball into the back post which Whitmore met beautifully, glancing his looping header over keeper Ryan Allsop and into the top corner on the half-hour mark.

Chesterfield continued on top for the remainder of the half, but couldn’t hold the lead going into half-time, being hit with a sucker punch when Bostwick towered a header from a corner to equalise in first-half stoppage time.

The dangerous Jacob Brown nearly got Chesterfield off to a flier from the re-start, firing a shot hard and low from the edge of the box which looked destined to nestle in the net, had it not been for a smart save from Allsop.

The Spireites were on top for the majority of the ensuing period, before once again falling victim to poor defending from a corner kick – allowing Wharton (59) to nod in at the back post to put the Imps in front.

As Chesterfield pushed forward in search of a vital equaliser, it created more space for Lincoln to run into and the pace and fresh legs of substitute Palmer did the damage with just five minutes of normal time left to play when his mazy run had the finish to match and secure the win for the away side.

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Barry, Smith (Rowley 81), Nelson, Whitmore, Talbot, McCourt, Kay (Hines 64), Brown, Kellett, O’Grady (Dennis 64).

Unused substitutes: Parkin, Willock, Maguire, Brownell.

Lincoln: Allsop, Eardley, Bostwick, Wharton, Habergham, Woodyard, Whitehouse, Frecklington, Green, Williams (Pett 89), Rhead (Anderson 64).

Unused substitutes: Farman, Long, Chapman, O’Hare.

Attendance: 6,395 (1,899)


Referee: David Webb

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