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PREVIEW: Luton Town

22 September 2017

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The Spireites head to Bedfordshire tomorrow afternoon to take on high-flying Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, 3pm. Here's our match preview........


Tickets are now unavailable at the Proact ticket office and online.

There will be no pay on the day turnstile facilities available at Kenilworth Road, but fans are able to pre-order their tickets before collecting them from Luton's ticket office before kick-off.

To do this, supporters must call Luton's ticket office directly on 01582 416976, orders must be placed before 12pm tomorrow (Saturday, September 23).

Ticket prices for the match are as follows: -

• Adults - £20
• Young adults (U22) and seniors (Over 65) - £15
• U19s and golden seniors (Over 75) - £12
• U17s - £8
• U10s - £5

Disabled supporters (non-wheelchair) will pay one category lower than their normal price with a carer free of charge if required (higher and middle DLA).

Six wheelchair spaces are available and any supporter wishing to purchase these ticket (s) must contact the Luton ticket office directly, on 01582 416976.

Team News

Luton will check on the fitness of midfielder Alan McCormack after he was injured during their match with Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday.

The Spireites will be without the suspended Bradley Barry, following his dismissal in last week’s match with Accrington Stanley.

Captain Ian Evatt could come back into consideration after missing the matches with Colchester United and Stanley. Meanwhile, caretaker boss Guy Branston will check on the fitness of Tommy Lee, who missed out last weekend with a knee injury.

The opposition

Manager – Nathan Jones

Following spells with Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic and Yeovil Town, Nathan Jones was appointed Hatters manager in January 2016, taking over from John Still.

In his first full season with the club, he guided them to the Sky Bet League Two playoffs, after finishing fourth in the regular season.

So far this campaign, the Welshman has guided the Hatters to four wins, two defeats and two draws from their opening eight matches, a win over the Spireites would send Luton into the automatic promotion places.

One to watch - James Collins

Former Crawley Town striker James Collins joined Luton in June and has immediately hit the ground running for the Hatters.

He notched a hat-trick in the 8-2 opening day victory over Yeovil Town and was later nominated for the August Player of the Month Award.

Collins started his career at Aston Villa, before leaving the West Midlands to play for the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Hibernian and Northampton Town. The 26-year-old was also capped at U21 level for the Republic of Ireland.

Head to Head

Of the 39 meetings between the two clubs, it’s the Hatters who hold the upper hand, the full record stands as follows: -

Luton – 17 wins
Draws – 11
Chesterfield – 11 wins.

The Spireites last league victory over the Hatters at Kenilworth Road came 21 years ago, when a Tom Curtis penalty secured a 1-0 win on September 14, 1996.

From the dugout

Caretaker manager Guy Branston says that being in the Spireites dugout for tomorrow’s match will be a proud moment for him, though he knows that the Hatters will provide him with a stern test.

He said: “I watched them against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend and I saw them earlier in the season.

“They’ve got two strikers who score goals and Andrew Shinnie on loan from Birmingham who gets the ball in the narrow diamond, they’re good players.

“Luton may think that we’ve got a new manager and that we’ll change, but they don’t know how we’re going to play, so it’s going to be a good challenge for us.”

Can't get to Kenilworth Road? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game.

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 night on the official site

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