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PREVIEW: Cheltenham Town

29 September 2017

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It promises to be an exciting afternoon at the Proact tomorrow, when club legend Jack Lester takes charge of the club for the first time against Cheltenham Town (3pm), here's our match preview.......


Supporters should be aware that Tesco Extra, adjacent to the Proact Stadium, will be enforcing a two-hour match day parking restriction.


With a big crowd expected, tickets are available for Spireites supporters at the ticket office from 8.30am right up until kick off, 3pm.

A full list of prices and availability can be found here.

Team News

Lester will be without the services of Bradley Barry who completes the final game of his three-match suspension.

Defender Zak Jules misses out and has returned to his parent club Shrewsbury Town, after being stretchered off with a ruptured hamstring in Tuesday’s 3-2 home defeat to Yeovil Town.

Visitors Cheltenham, will be without striker Jaanai Gordon who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The opposition

Manager – Gary Johnson

An experienced manager, Johnson has been with the club since March 2015.

After being unable to prevent relegation to the National League in his first few months in charge, Johnson bounced back in superb style, guiding the Robins to the National League title in 2016, before a 21st place finish in League Two last season.

Prior to managing the Robins Johnson had spells with the likes of Cambridge United, Bristol City, Peterborough United and the Latvian national team.

One to watch – Mohamed Eisa

Following a prolific spell in non-league with Greenwich Borough, the striker joined Cheltenham in July.

A powerful and pacy player, Eisa has carried on from where he left off in non-league with six goals already to his name this season.

His impressive start to the campaign brought him a new three-year contract last month and the Spireites defence will need to be on their toes throughout tomorrow’s game.

Head to Head

Since first meeting the Robins on September 9, 2000, the Spireites have only lost one of their 14 encounters, with the full record as follows: -

Chesterfield – 10 (wins)

Draws – 3

Cheltenham – 1 (win)

Lester scored the Spireites’ fourth in a 4-1 at the Proact in November 2012, with the other goals coming from Chris Atkinson, Sam Togwell and Marc Richards.

From the dugout

Lester expects a tough clash with the Robins tomorrow and has called on his team and supporters to play their part in what promises to be a special atmosphere.

He said: “Cheltenham are flying very high; they’re a good footballing team and we’ve watched a few things on them, but we’re concentrating on ourselves and trying to put in a good performance.

“Tomorrow is going to be fantastic; the fans play such a big part in successful football teams. When the fans are behind you, it just gives you that little bit extra.”

Can't get to the Proact? 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 weekend on the official site.

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