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Match Preview: Basford United

14 December 2018

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The Spireites host Basford United in the FA Trophy on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Tickets can be bought online, or supporters can purchase their tickets on the day of the game, from the Club Superstore from 10am-12pm and then from the ticket office, which will be open from 12 pm until kick off.

Team News

During Friday’s pre-match press conference, Martin Allen confirmed that the Spireites are likely to be without Curtis Weston on Saturday. The manager stated that the midfielder has a tight hamstring.

The Chesterfield boss also mentioned that new signing Alfie Beestin will be expected to feature against Basford.

The opposition

The Manager - Martin Carruthers

Carruthers began his playing career at Aston Villa, but found it hard to get any first-team opportunities and was loaned out to Hull City. After scoring six goals in 13 appearances for Hull, the forward made a permanent move to Stoke City.

He had two good seasons at The Potters, but struggled in his third season at the club and moved to Peterborough United.

Carruthers scored 21 goals in 67 matches during his three-year spell at Peterborough, but was loaned out to York City in his final year at the club in 1999.

The forward then had a short spell at Darlington and a period on loan at Southend United before moving there permanently.

In his two-year spell at Southend, he notched 23 goals in 65 games, but his most prolific spell was to come at Scunthorpe United.

Carruthers scored an impressive 34 goal in 86 games for Scunthorpe, between 2001 and 2003.

The 46-year-old then had spells at the likes of Macclesfield Town, Boston United, Lincoln City, and Ilkeston Town.

He moved to Basford in 2012, initially signing as a player, before taking up a player-manager role in 2013.

He guided them to fifth in the 2013/14 season and were transferred to the Premier Division of the new Midland League for the 2014/15 campaign.

Basford went on to win the league title, earning promotion to Division One South of the Northern Premier League, and also won the Notts Senior Cup for the third time.

They finished fifth during the 2015/16 season, which saw them qualify for the playoffs. However, Basford lost 5–0 to Coalville Town in the semi-finals.

Basford won the Division One South title last season, earning promotion to the Premier Division. They currently sit in sixth place in the Northern Premier League.

One to watch - Nathan Watson

Nat Watson is the top scorer in the Evo-Stik Premier Division with 15 goals this season. He was Man of the Match with two goals and one assist when Basford dominated then top of the league Scarborough, beating them 3-1. The Spireites will have to keep tabs on Watson if they are to progress through to the next round.

Head to head

This is the first time the two sides have played against each other.

From the dugout

Martin Allen on Basford: “They are very good on set plays with two attacking full-backs. They’ve got a very good centre-forward.

“They’re a very decent team. We’ve got to be at our best.”


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