In a behind-closed-doors friendly match against Grimsby Town at Cylinders Sports Ground, a Spireites squad featuring a number of first-team players ran out 5-1 winners over the Lincolnshire side.A hat trick from Eoin Doyle and goals from Armand Gnanduillet and Mason Coy proved too much for the Mariners in the Tuesday afternoon fixture.
Speaking after the game, assistant manager, Leam Richardson said: “Games like this are for the lads that need minutes in their legs. It’s like a training game but it’s better than training, it gives the lads their minutes.
“Performances like this put pressure on everybody at the club, we’ve got good players who need to be playing football. When you’ve got that pressure, players in the squad have got that pride to wear the shirt.”
Summer signing, Ian Evatt, also featured in the game, playing 70 minutes before being subbed in a move to recover the club captain's match fitness.
“Evo will tell you he’s fit to play today but we’re just trying to look after everybody and do the right thing," explained Richardson.
He added: “Ian’s one of the reasons the game’s been arranged, to get him some minutes in his legs. He’s still on the long road to full fitness but this game goes a long way towards that.”
Completed by players from the youth team, the Chesterfield side included Aaron Chapman, Matty Brown, Liam Cooper, Sam Togwell, Jamie Devitt, Tendayi Darikwa, Eoin Doyle and Armand Gnanduillet.
The assistant manager spoke about the players desire for first-team football. “At the minute we’ve got people chomping at the bit to play on a Saturday so games like these take care of themselves," said Richardson.