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Match preview: Braintree Town

10 August 2018

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The Spireites will look to keep their winning start to the season going on Saturday, against Braintree Town in the Vanarama National League, kick-off 3 pm. Here is our match preview for the big game…..


After the delayed kick-off on Tuesday night against Aldershot Town, fans are urged to purchase tickets in plenty of time before the game on Saturday. The 3 pm kick-off won’t be delayed, so if any supporters are still queueing for tickets at the time, they will miss the start of the match.

Also please note that from 2 pm on a Saturday game, fans can only request a ticket for the stand and block they wish to sit in, this is in order to ease the flow of ticket sales.

Team News

Spireites manager Martin Allen didn’t give away any clues in terms of his starting 11 for Saturday at the pre match press conference, but he did comment on how pleased he is with the depth of his squad.

The boss said: “We’ve got loads of players who can go in and play in a winning team. It’s such a good squad of players, such a good group of people and they all blend in together on and off the pitch.”

The Opposition

Manager – Brad Quinton

Young manager Quinton is a well-known figure at Braintree Town after having a 12-year spell at the club as a player, making 546 appearances. He started his managerial career when he signed for Enfield Town on a dual contract, where he assumed the role of assistant manager and player in 2014. Quinton was eventually given the managers role on a full-time basis, he left the club in 2017 with an impressive win percentage of 55.3%.

In May last year, Braintree Town appointed record appearance-maker Quinton as manager. After relegation from the National League in the 2016-17 season, Quinton had an immediate impact in his first season as manager, taking the club into the playoffs. They defeated Hemel Hempstead Town and Dartford on their way to the final, where they beat Hampton and Richmond Borough on penalties to secure promotion back to the National League.

One to Watch - Lyle Della-Verde

The talented winger started his football career as a youth player at Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, but made his professional debut on loan at Bristol Rovers. After spells with the likes of Fleetwood Town and Crawley, the 23 year-old signed for Dartford in 2017. He made 34 appearances, scoring 5 goals in a season where his team made the National League South play-offs, but were eventually beaten by his current club Braintree.

The wide man has experience at a reasonably high level, playing for football league sides such as Fleetwood and Crawley. The Spireites will have to be aware of the threat of Della-Verde, as he will be looking to make his mark in the National League this season.

Head to head

Chesterfield have faced Saturday’s opponents once before in the FA cup first round, during the 2014-15 season. The Spireites thrashed ‘The Iron’ 6-0, with goals from the likes of Eoin Doyle, Gary Roberts, and Sam Clucas. However, this is the first time we will welcome Braintree to the Proact Stadium.

From the dugout

Martin Allen said: “Any club that gets promoted is a good club. They are very well organised, and have got a very highly rated young manager.

“There is no doubt it will be a tough game for us. They’ve got some good players; we’ve watched videos of them earlier this morning. I will probably say the same thing week in week out, total respect to them as a football club to get promoted, and we have got to treat this as our next cup final.”

If you are not able to make it down to the game, we will make sure you are as close to the action as possible by...

- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

- Having minute-by-minute coverage on the club’s official Twitter account

- Images during the afternoon posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

- Reaction from the game on the official website


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