So the pre-season games have started and people are beginning to get their football fix again, those who don’t like the summer sports have been treated to the European Championships and the Football in the Olympics.
Chesterfield themselves have been preparing hard, with a hastily arranged friendly at Staveley, I know from personal experience what a friendly club they are and a pleasure to watch footballing-wise, big things are happening at that club and as another Chesterfield based side I hope we can support them every year. The gap in the standards footballing wise is obvious though with a 6-1 win in favour of the Spireites, Jacob Hazel starred by bagging two goals and there was a cheeky Pirlo-esque penalty from Mark Randall.
Step forward to the mid-week annual fixture at Matlock for the Banner Jones Trophy, Chesterfield featured a strong squad, with a second half appearance from summer signing Marc Richards, and the star striker didn’t disappoint with two goals, one from a free-kick, which for Chesterfield fans is something of a novelty, the other from the spot. Danny Whitaker usually takes the penalty kicks, so it will be interesting to see if Richards is the new designated kick taker. The game followed the usual pattern of a Chesterfield win, with former Spireite Gareth Davies pulling a goal back for the Gladiators.
Saturday gone and Chesterfield had a trip to Telford, which they kept up their unbeaten record and secured a 2-2 draw, slightly tempered with the fact that the Spireites held the lead twice, but despite hitting the cross-bar twice were hauled back both times by the BSP side.
We are into the tougher pre-season fixtures now with Alfreton, Huddersfield and Derby still to come, the full squads will be utilised and tested. Nothing but match practice is ever going to be the full reason behind these fixtures, but it’s always interesting to see how the sides will shape up, and if a new player finds a new position or if he is just covering, either way sometimes friendlies can be real classics or sometimes they can be long drawn out affairs, it all depends on the opposition.
Season Tickets bought, new shirts ordered, the countdown is ticking and we are so close to the new season, with the 2011 L2 championship still fresh in our minds, does it get the pulses racing? We shall find out.