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Preview: Accrington Stanley

17 September 2012

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Overview –

The Spireites welcome Accrington Stanley to the Proact Stadium on Tuesday evening after finally clinching their first league win of the season at the sixth time of asking, after cruising to a comfortable 3-1 victory over 10-man Wycombe. Chairboys defender Leon Jackson made the hosts' task somewhat easier when he received his marching orders for a professional foul on Marc Richards after just nine minutes and it took the home side just four minutes to assert their advantage with Huddersfield loanee Chris Atkinson marking his debut with a fine volley.

Veteran striker Jack Lester then glanced Som Togwell's vicious volley into the far corner with a vintage header in the 19th minute, before Neal Trotman sliced into his own net to ensure a nervous finale. But captain Sam Hird - who was without a goal in three years - headed home his second in as many games to secure the points for Tommy Wright's side.

Accrington continued their fine start to the season by snatching a point against Dagenham & Redbridge, Peter Murphy's leveller just six minutes from time ensured Stanley would travel back to Lancashire with a share of the spoils. Paul Cook's side currently occupy fifth place in the early League Two standings having yielded 11 points from their six games and they are yet to suffer a defeat on the road so far.

Team News –


Caretaker manager Tommy Wright is likely to stick with the same side that secured the Spireites' first league win of the campaign on Saturday, provided 36-year-old striker Jack Lester is available to play twice in just four days. The veteran forward has bagged three goals in seven appearances so far this season and is likely to be named alongside Marc Richards in attack.

Huddersfield loanee Chris Atkinson impressed on his debut before being withdrawn for Mark Randall in the dying seconds, while winger Danny Whitaker may return after missing the last two outings through injury. Goalkeeper Tommy Lee remains sidelined after picking up a shoulder injury in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash with Oldham.

Accrington Stanley 

Emergency loanee Danny Schofield is in line to make his full debut against the Spireites, after the Rotherham man came off the bench in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Dagenham. Toto Nsiala, Dean Winnard and George Miller all shook off minor knocks to feature on Saturday, while James Gray is in contention for a recall to the squad after missing the last two outings having been on international duty with Northern Ireland under-21s. 

Last Time Out –


Chesterfield 3-1 Wycombe Wanderers (Atkinson 13, Lester 19, Hird 85; Trotman O.G 71)

Chesterfield (4-4-2) O'Donnell; Forbes, Trotman, Hird (c), Ridehalgh; Talbot, Atkinson (Randall 90), Togwell, Westcarr (Allott 86); Richards, Lester (Darikwa 73).

Unused Subs - Wilson, Clay, Boden, Hazel.

Accrington Stanley

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 Accrington Stanley (Howell 61; Murphy 84)

Accrington - Dunbavin; Winnard (Lindfield), Nsaiala, Murphy, Liddle; Miller (Schofield), Joyce, Hatfield (Sheppard), Bocco; Molyneux, Amond.

Unused Subs: Dawber, Chippendale, Clark, Eckersley.

One to Watch -

Padraig Amond

24-year-old striker Padraig Amond has enjoyed a prolific start to life at the Crown Ground, notching three goals in just five appearances this campaign. The Carlow-born striker began his career with Shamrock Rovers and made his senior bow in 2006 against Athlone Town. He went onto make 10 appearances for the Hoops, scoring once against Finn Harps.

He made the switch to Kildare County on loan the following season and scored five times in 13 appearances at Station Road, before returned to Rovers where he finished the season as top goalscorer with nine and also won the club's Young Player of the Year accolade. In December 2009, he joined Sligo Rovers and enjoyed his most prolific campign to date, banging in 17 goals in 27 appearances for the Bit O' Red, prompting Portuguese club Pacos de Ferreira to snap him up for an undisclosed fee.

The youngster made his debut against Braga in September 2010 and scored his only goal for the club against Leixoes in the Portuguese Cup two months later. However, he struggled to adapt to life at Mata Real and after making just 17 appearances for Pacos, all of which from the substitutes bench, he joined Stanley on a season-long loan deal.

Amond returned to form on his return to the British Isles, scoring seven times in 42 appearances for Stanley before being voted Supporters' Player of the Year in 2012. He was subsequently signed on a free transfer by Paul Cook later that summer.

Ticket Information -

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Proact Stadium  ticket office or over the phone on, 01246 488232.

Tickets ordered over the phone may be collected from the ticket office up till kick off on match day.

An online option to purchase tickets is now operational athere 

A charge of 50 pence per ticket will be made for all credit card transactions. Debit cards will not incur a charge.

Concessions are issued to the over 65 's and juniors ages between 15 - 18 years.

Juvenile tickets are issued to children aged 14 years or under (Under 12's must be accompanied by an adult)

Children under 7 will be admitted at the reduced rate of £2 to the family areas of the ground only.

Proof of ID must be produced when asked for both when purchasing tickets and on entry to the ground. Failure to do so will result in the higher price being charged.

If an incorrect ticket is taken to the turnstile and ID cannot be provided then the stewards reserve the right to refuse admittance.

The ticket can then be taken to the ticket office where the ticket will be upgraded and the relevant match day price difference must be paid.

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