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PREVIEW: Stevenage

22 December 2017

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The Spireites are back on their travels again tomorrow, when they take on Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium, in a Sky Bet League Two clash (3pm). Here’s our match preview………


Supporters are advised that tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, however they can be purchased on the day from Stevenage – subject to a £3 price increase.

The tickets are priced as follows (includes increase): -





Concessions (60+)








Team news

Stevenage have no injury worries ahead of tomorrow’s fixture and manager Darren Sarll could welcome Ben Kennedy back into his starting XI, after the forward underwent a back operation in November.

Chesterfield on the other hand, will check on the fitness of centre half Sam Hird and midfielder Robbie Weir, after both didn’t train on Thursday due to a tight hamstring and illness respectively.

Jack Lester is still without long term absentees Joe Anyon, Gozie Ugwu, Jordan Sinnott, and Jordan Flores, along with recent injury victims Bradley Barry and Laurence Maguire.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Jake Eastwood is set to make his Spireites debut after joining the club on an emergency loan from Sheffield United.

Manager – Darren Sarll

After a playing career spent in non-league, Sarll’s coaching career started with Stevenage in 2006, where he took charge of the club’s youth team, before progressing to reserve team manager.

Following spells coaching at Brentford and Rotherham United, Sarll returned to the Lamex Stadium in 2012 and three years later he became first team coach.

Sarll took over the role as first team manager initially on a caretaker basis, following the departure of Teddy Sheringham in February 2016.

In his debut season he guided them to an 18th placed finish, before a 10th placed finish last term. 

One to watch – Matthew Godden

The 26-year-old forward joined the club in 2016 after a two-year spell with Ebbsfleet United.

In his first season with the club he scored an impressive 21 goals from 38 appearances and so far this season, Godden has picked up from where he left off with 10 goals and three assists to his name. His fine form has even alerted scouts from higher divisions, with both Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town previously expressing interest in him.

Born in Canterbury, Godden’s career started with Scunthorpe United and took in loan spells with non-league sides Brigg Town, Ilkeston and Gainsborough Trinity.

Head to head

There have only been four previous league meetings between the two sides and the Spireites are unbeaten in all of them, the full record is as follows:

Stevenage - 0 (wins).

Draws – 3.

Chesterfield - 1 win.

Town last travelled to Stevenage in March 2012 and took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Neal Trotman and Jordan Bowery, before Scott Laird and Craig Reid levelled for the home side in the space of two second half minutes, to ensure a share of the spoils.

From the Dugout

Despite having to contend with numerous injuries, Lester is still confident that his players will bounce back after last weekend’s defeat to Wycombe Wanderers.

“We’re stretched, it’s no secret but we can still put a good side out,” he said. “What we will do is pick a side that will be good enough to win the game.

“They’re a good side, we’ve seen a couple of their games and they’re probably not quite as direct as Wycombe as in having that outlet of a front man, but there’s one two areas that we think we can hurt them so we’ll be looking at that.”

Can’t get to Stevenage? Fear not you’ll still be able to follow all the action.

Across match day we'll have: 

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow. 

- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page.

- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds. 

- Stats and reaction across the weekend on the official site.

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