The current Johnstone's Paint Trophy holders and former winners go head-to-head at the Keepomoat Stadium tonight in a second round clash that both sides will undoubtedly want to progress from. The Spireites clinched the trophy last year, in spite of being relegated from League One, with a 2-0 win over Paulo Di Canio's much-fancied Swindon Town courtesy of Oliver Risser's own goal and Craig Westcarr's strike.
Tommy Wright's side bounced back from a 2-0 defeat at The Globe Arena with an impressive 1-0 win against Dean Holdsworth's struggling Aldershot Town side on Saturday, after the Shrimps had ended Chesterfield's nine-game unbeaten run which included a 2-1 win against League One outfit Oldham Athletic in Round One.
Rovers won this trophy under Sean O'Driscoll in 2007 and received a bye in the opening round and Dean Saunders' side have also had a decent start to their League One campaign after suffering relegation from the Championship last season. Billy Paynter's fourth minute penalty was enough to sink Shrewsbury Town at the weekend after Doncaster suffered a 3-1 reversal at the hands of Preston North End and the Yorkshire side currently sit just two points off the play-offs in 10th.
Team News –
Caretaker manager Tommy Wright has developed a growing injury crisis since taking temporary charge back in August, with skipper Sam Hird (calf) and former Oldham winger Danny Whitaker (groin|) both sidelined for the short trip to Doncaster after missing Saturday's 1-0 win at the |Recreation Ground.
Mark Allott was also withdrawn midway through the first half in Hampshire, meaning youngster Craig Clay is expected to replace him. Goalkeeper Tommy Lee, left-back Nathan Smith and striker Marc Richards all remain on the treatment table, while veteran striker Jack Lester will be hoping to celebrate his 37th birthday with a place in the starting XI tonight after missing out on Saturday.
Fromer Bristol City defender Jamie McCombe will be out for two to three months after a scan revealed the 29-year-old suffered a hairline fracture in his back, but Rob Jones has served his one-match suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season against the Lillywhites and is available for selection.
Striker Iain Hume is on international duty with Canada and will also miss Saturday's trip to Hartlepool and manager Dean Saunders may habnd starts to MArtin Woods, Paul KLeegan and striker Robbie Blake.
Last Time Out –
Aldershot Town 0-1 Chesterfield (Atkinson 75)
Chesterfield (4-2-3-1) - O'Donnell; Talbot, Forbes, Trotman, Ridehalgh; Togwell (c), Allott (Clay 21); Atkinson, Evans (Lester 90+2), Darikwa; Westcarr.
Unused Subs - Wilson, Boden, Hazel, Broadhead.
Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Shrewsbury Town (Paynter (pen) 4)
Doncaster Rovers - Woods; Quinn, Martis, Spurr (c), Husband; Cotterill, Syers, Harper, Bennett; Hume, Paynter.
Unused Subs - Blake, Woods, Wakefield, Middleton, Sullivan.
One to Watch -
28-year-old striker Billy Paynter signed a two-year deal in the summer and has begun life at the Keepmoat with two goals in seven appearances for Rovers.
The Liverpool-born striker began his career at Port Vale in 2000 after graduating through the Valiants' youth setup and went onto make 144 appearances in the Potteries. Brian Horton handed him his debut against Walsall aged just 16 years and 294 days, making him the youngest Vale player for 20 years.
He scored his first senior goal against Notts County to become the club's youngest scorer for 24 years, before going on to add a further four to his tally in the 2002/03 season. He finished second behind the prolific Stephen McPhee with 14 goals in 48 games the following season, before winning the club's Player of the Year accolade and finishing top-scorer with 13 in 2004/05.
He began the 2005/06 season with a barren spell of just two goals in 16 League One appearances, but after an illegal approach from Tony Pulis' Plymouth Argyle, he made the switch to Championship club Hull City for £150k after an initial loan spell. However, Paynter was utilised mainly as a right-sided midfielder under Peter Taylor and after scoring just three times in 23 appearances, he joined Southend United on a three-year deal.
His time at Roots Hall was blighted by a hamstring injury, however, and after scoring his only goal in 11 appearances for the Shrimpers he joined Bradford City on loan. In August 2007, Paynter signed a three-year deal at Swindon Town and hit a hat-trick against Bournemouth in September before following this up with a brace against Gillingham.
He made 42 starts for the Robins, scoring 11 goals and forming a deadly partnership with the league's joint top-scorer Simon Cox before he departed for West Bromwich Albion. As a result, Paynter was given a more prominent role at the County Ground and after a run of 15 goals in just 17 games, Swindon reached the League One play-offs.
Town defeated Charlton Athletic on penalties in their semi-final, but went on to lose the final at the hands of Millwall. Paynter then formed another formidable duo with Charlie Austin, as the pair rattled in 49 goals between them, with Paynter contributing 29. This prompted a switch to newly-promoted Leeds United, but he was ruled out until September after suffering s tress fracture of the shin.
Paynter had to wait until the end of October to make his Leeds debut, coming on in a 4-1 win over Scunthorpe. His full debut was against Portsmouth in December, before he scored his first goal for the club against Preston North End in March. However, he was dismissed against local rivals Sheffield United to cap a miserable first season in Yorkshire.
Paynter was then loaned out to Brighton & Hove Albion, but after failing to score in 10 appearances on the South Coast, he returned to Elland Road where his injury-ravaged spell came to a close in the summer of 2012.
Ticket Information -
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Tickets available on the gate tonight priced £10 for aged 17 & over and just £1 aged 16 & under.