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23 September 2016

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The Spireites have hit their straps again and now look to extend the good feeling through a difficult challenge at Bury on Saturday afternoon.

Just five points separate third from 17th in the league table and only three points are between the Spireites and Shakers ahead of the Gigg Lane match-up.


Spireites fans can buy tickets on the day at Gigg Lane, with prices and further details available to view here.

Just over 250 tickets have been sold to Chesterfield fans in advance of the match.

Team News

The Spireites have no new team concerns to report on pre-match, with the fitness of striker Ched Evans being assessed ahead of the game to see if he'll be able to return to the squad.

Regardless of Evans's fitness, Conor Wilkinson and Kristian Dennis will be hopeful of continued game time after a positive start to their partnership as they shared three goals against Northampton Town last weekend.

David Flitcroft has a handful of issues to sweat over injury-wise ahead of the Spireites' visit. Danny Mayor - who scored the only goal in the corresponding fixture last season - is a doubt with due to an ankle injury, while Neil Danns and Kelvin Etuhu returning to training this week in hope of returns.

Defender Nathan Cameron definitely misses out however, with a spell of six months on the sideline expected due to surgery on a knee injury.

Form Guide

The Spireites hit form again last week with a brilliant 3-1 win over the previously unbeaten Northampton Town. A week before at Oldham Athletic a three-game losing run had been stopped, and now the Spireites attempt to spring further with their positive form at Gigg Lane.

They will face another substantial test in Lancashire with the Shakers having won their last three games to sit third in the congested Sky Bet League 1 table. The successful streak came after four games without a win.

Bury have the third best scoring record in the league and with the Spireites only two goals behind them Gigg Lane is likely to see some more strikes on Saturday afternoon.

From the Dugout

Chris Morgan was on press conference duty ahead of the trip and explained that Bury is never an easy place for an opposition side to travel to, not least when the Shakers in good form.

"If you think back to last season," he said. "They got off to a really good start then as well. They've had a decent turnover in players again and added a lot of quality. They're always a tough team to play against and Flicker (David Flitcroft) always gets his players organised.

"They know what they're doing, they're always at it and they've got threats in forward areas. People like Danny Mayor, Zeli Ismail and big Tom Pope who are always a handful, as well as James Vaughan and young Hallam Hope."

The first-team coach does feel however, that the challenge of playing a side with the tails up suits his squad.

"I think it's these games that the players relish," he commented. "A team that's on a run as was the case last Saturday against Northampton, they're playing well. Now, can you go and give a good account of yourself?

"Speaking as the away team we'll not want an open game, and with how Bury are set up I think it's rare that you see a really open game outside of the odd cup tie with teams going gung-ho for a winner."

You can follow the action from Gigg Lane wherever you may be in the world, as there will be live commentary on PlayerHD as well as full Twitter coverage and all the usual action on Facebook, Instagram and the official website.


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