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Herd Back as Reserves Travel to Hartlepool

21 March 2016

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Chris Herd makes his return to competitive football after a hip injury tomorrow as the Spireites look to continue their good form at Hartlepool United.

The match will be played at Billingham Town FC (TS23 4AF) with a 2pm kick-off and comes off the back of the reserve team's impressive 3-0 win away at Rotherham United last midweek.

Ritchie Humphreys will again lead the side, and is lookign to field a strong side: "Chris Herd will get some minutes, as will Charlie Raglan again, along with Jordan Slew and Rai Simons with some of the youth team players involved as well.

For a number of the younger players in the squad the match also gives one of the few remaining opportunities for them to state their case for a professional contract ahead of next season.

"It's come to that time of year now," said Humphreys. "And obviously all the professionals have been there themselves. What we've tried to do all throughout the year is to get the youth team players involved as much as possible.

"Sometimes they've been mixed in with the pros, sometimes it's been a younger team. It's been a good blend in recent weeks and the younger players have really stepped up to that - and I've been really pleased.

"Tomorrow's another test up at Hartlepool. They've got quite a big squad so they'll probably play a strong squad as well, so it's a good test for us - along with the journey up there.

"We're looking to build on the performances we've had so far, which have been great, and hopefully we'll have another good performance and a good result to win the game."

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