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Match preview: Grimsby Town

2 December 2018

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The Spireites play Grimsby Town in an FA Cup second round tie at the Proact today, kick-off 2pm. Here is our big match preview for the game…


Tickets can be bought online, or supporters can purchase their tickets at the stadium. The Club Superstore will be open from 9am. No tickets will be sold to away supporters.

Team News

Will Evans and Zavon Hines are both hoping to be passed fit. Evans was replaced during the warm-up before the FA Cup replay at Billericay and hasn’t featured in the squad since. Jerome Binnom-Williams should be okay after pulling out of Tuesday night's game against Bromley shortly before kick-off.

The Opposition

The Manager – Michael Jolley
Sheffield-born Jolley began his playing career in the youth ranks at Barnsley between 1989 and 1993. However, he decided to go to university, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics at Cambridge, which was later converted to a master’s degree.

During his time at Cambridge, Jolley featured for the university in their varsity football match against rivals Oxford.

After graduating, he worked as a fixed-income trader in London and then in New York from 1999 to 2005.

During his time in banking, Jolley took up his first role as a coach in 2004 at the Crystal Palace academy. Victor Moses came through the academy during Jolley’s time in South London.

He then had a short spell at Nottingham Forest’s academy in 2007 before moving to Scotland, where he was appointed high-performance football coach at Stirling University Football Club.

Jolley had a variety of jobs whilst in Scotland. He joined Falkirk as an academy coach, was put in charge of the Scotland Universities team, and attained a post-graduate diploma in sports coaching during his time at the University of Stirling.

He then moved back to England to take up academy roles at Lincoln City and Crewe Alexandra in 2012.

Jolley was appointed as senior professional development coach of the Burnley Under-23 team in 2014. During the 2015/16 season, his development squad won the Final Third Development League Cup with a 2–1 victory over Stoke City U23s.

In 2016, Jolley claimed a UEFA Pro Licence and travelled to Sweden for his first job as a manager, at AFC Eskilstuna. The team were bottom of the Allsvenskan table with no wins and only four points when he took over.

However, under the guidance of Jolley, they took 15 points from their next 16 matches. Eskilstuna were relegated at the end of the season after a spirited effort from his squad.

The 41-year-old left Sweden in January of this year and was appointed Grimsby boss in March. He managed to keep the League Two club in the division after picking up 15 points in Jolley's ten games as manager.

Grimsby are currently 18th in the League Two table, winning six, drawing four, and losing ten matches. The Mariners come into the game on the back of an impressive 5-2 victory at home to Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night.

One to Watch – Wes Thomas
Experienced forward Thomas began his career as a youth player at Queens Park Rangers, before dropping down the divisions to play for Waltham Forest in the Southern League Eastern Division.

He made his Football League debut for Dagenham and Redbridge in 2008 and has played for a number of clubs in the Football League.

The striker had spells at clubs such as Cheltenham, Crawley, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Oxford United before joining the Mariners in the summer.

Thomas has found the net on four occasions so far this season and was on the scoresheet in Grimsby’s last league game against Tranmere.

The Spireites will have to keep tabs on the 31-year-old if they are to progress through to the third round of the FA Cup.

Head to Head

The two sides have met on 13 occasions, with the Spireites winning four, drawing three and losing six of those matches.

Chesterfield’s FA Cup journey so far

The Spireites’ FA Cup campaign began on the north-west coast at fellow National League side AFC Fylde. The home side took the lead early on after striker Danny Rowe slotted home from close range in the 13th minute.

However, Chesterfield struck back in the 26th minute with a well-hit free-kick from Will Evans from 20 yards out.

The comeback was complete when Tom Denton was fouled in the area and duly scored from the spot to make it 2-1 in the 35th minute.

Denton completed his brace on the day when he headed into the right side of the net from a corner in the 70th minute, securing Chesterfield’s place in the FA Cup first round.

Billericay Town came to the Proact to face the Spireites in the first round, and the home side got off to a dream start when Laurence Maguire headed in from a Joe Rowley free-kick in the 17th minute.

However, the Spireites found Alan Julian in fine form in the Billericay goal, as he denied the Spireites a second goal on a number of occasions.

The away team then stunned Chesterfield with an equaliser from Moses Emmanuel, who fired his right-footed strike into the top left corner in the 52nd minute to force a replay.

The Spireites travelled to Billericay for the replay on a cold, wet Tuesday night, but the weather didn’t stop Chesterfield from putting on a great away performance.

Denton opened the scoring with five minutes of the first half to go, tapping in after a good cross and run from Lee Shaw on the right.

The home side responded after the break with Joe Kizzi poking home after the ball fell loose in the box.

However, the Spireites responded immediately when Denton reacted first as Maguire’s shot was parried by the keeper and the striker headed the ball home in the 65th minute.

After soaking up plenty of pressure from Billericay, substitute Levi Amantchi led a breakaway down the right-hand side and drifted past two defenders. The young forward then put in a low cross to Denton who was there to complete a perfect hat-trick in the 87th minute.

From the Dugout

Martin Allen said: "It's a great occasion to be taking part in the FA Cup and for some of these players, it's the first time they'll be playing in the second round.

"Everyone has got to get behind the team and give them their full support and backing.

"We need some help from the supporters and we'll turn the corner, without a shadow of doubt."


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