It's almost time! The Spireites take on local rivals Mansfield Town in a hugely anticipated derby match at the Proact tomorrow afternoon, 1pm. Here's our big match preview......
Supporters should be aware that Tesco Extra, adjacent to the Proact Stadium, will be enforcing a two-hour match day parking restriction.
Fans are also advised that extra security measures will be in place for the game, with police dogs trainined to detect the presence of pyrotechnics and drugs will be in use.
As always, any bags carried by supporters may be searched prior to entry to the stadium.
Supporters can purchase their tickets before and on the day of the game, with the ticket office being open until 6pm tonight (Friday), as well as from the club superstore tomorrow from 8.30am-12pm, and then the ticket office, which will be open from 12pm until kick off.
Tomorrow's match also features the final day of the following special offer, for the final three home games of the season (against Mansfield, Wycombe Wanderers and Newport County), there's a ‘three for two’ offer. Anyone who purchases tickets for all three games will only pay for two.
The deadline for taking advantage of this offer is 12noon tomorrow (Saturday, April 14). The cheapest ticket will be free. Please note that, unfortunately, the offer is not available online.
The Spireites will check on the fitness of midfielder Jak McCourt, who suffered a shoulder injury in Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at Morecambe. Ian Evatt and Jordan Sinnott both came through a practice match yesterday, but are unlikely to return to the matchday squad.
Long term absentees Sam Hird, Giles Coke, Gozie Ugwu and Dylan Mottley-Henry will once again miss out.
Mansfield will definitely be without forward Ricky Miller, who picked up a hamstring injury during last weekend’s defeat to Crewe. Defender Malvind Benning is available for selection, however, having served the final game of a suspension.
The Manager – David Flitcroft
Flitcroft replaced Steve Evans in charge of the Stags at the start of March but the former Swindon, Bury and Barnsley manager is yet to oversee a victory from his opening eight games.
As a player, Flitcroft spent the majority of his career at Chester City and Rochdale but also featured for Preston, Macclesfield and Hyde United.
Since taking his first managerial post six years ago, the 44-year-old’s biggest success has been with Bury, who he guided to promotion from League Two in 2015.
Their dip in form has seen Mansfield slip out the play-off spots and they are now level on points with the club Flitcroft left to join them for, Swindon.
One to watch – Danny Rose
Rose is the Stags’ top scorer so far this season with 17 goals and will certainly pose a threat to the Spireites’ defence.
After initially struggling to find his feet at the One Call Stadium during the 2016/17 campaign, the 24-year-old has been far more prolific this term and averages a goal every 176 minutes.
He may well be small in stature, standing at 5ft 8in, but Rose is very talented in the air and can prove a real handful when crosses come in from wide areas.
The two sides have faced off on 76 occasions down the years with Chesterfield narrowly having the edge over tomorrow’s opponents.
Chesterfield – 30 (wins)
Draws – 18
Mansfield – 28 (wins)
Chesterfield fans will gladly accept a repeat of the 4-0 victory the club enjoyed over tomorrow’s opponents back in 2000.
Ryan Williams, who coincidently started his career at Mansfield, scored twice while Luke Beckett and Rob Edwards also found the back of the net for the Spireites at Saltergate. Click on the link below to view the goals from that memorable day (footage courtesy of The Sky is Blue).
From the dugout
Having featured, scored in and won many of these derbies during his playing career, Lester knows that clashes with the Stags are more than just another game.
He said: "It’s definitely not just another game, because derby games are not like that, because it means more to other people and to the fans, and understandably so, because of the history of it.
"So, it’s about getting the players in the right frame of mind and fired up. The tensions are higher in a stadium and it does give a lack of calmness in players. It’s about hitting that sweet spot of performance and not being over excited, where you’re liable to get a red card or anything like that, and certainly be focused enough to give a top performance.”
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 night on the official site.