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PREVIEW: Morecambe

9 February 2018

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After back to back home fixtures, the Spireites are back on their travels tomorrow, when they take on Morecambe (3pm), here's our big match preview....


Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, however Chesterfield supporters are advised that they can purchase tickets on the day at the Globe Arena, with no price increase. Admission prices are as follows: -





Concession (65 and over)


Young Adult (18-22 & Students*)


Junior (U18)


Free Under 11*

One free with paying adult / concession

*Each paying adult or concession can have one free U11 ticket, any additional children pay at the junior rate. Students must be in full time education. U14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Disabled supporters can pay at the concession rate or the relevant lower category. Carer tickets are free of charge.

Team News

Morecambe could hand a home debut to winger Gregg Wylde following his arrival on-loan from Plymouth Argyle last Tuesday.

Meanwhile, defender Steve Old could miss out once again, after a pulled glute forced him to miss last Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Port Vale.

Chesterfield will once again be without long term absentees Joe Anyon, Sam Hird, Ian Evatt, Jordan Sinnott and Gozie Ugwu, while the match will come too soon for defenders Drew Talbot and George Smith, who continue their recoveries from  hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.

Sid Nelson will be assessed after picking up a knock in last weekend's match with Crawley Town, while Andy Kellett may miss out due to flu.

There is better news however, with full back Bradley Barry being back in contention after overcoming 75 minutes in the behind closed doors match with Notts County on Tuesday. While new signing Giles Coke could make his Town debut, after also completing 75 minutes against the Magpies.

The opposition

Manager – Jim Bentley

After nine years in the red shirt of the Shrimps, Jim Bentley was appointed player-manager in May 2011, after previously spending a season coaching the club’s reserves.

Bentley guided Morecambe to 15th in his debut season and has since established the club in Sky Bet League Two.

Earlier this season, he along with his assistant Ken McKenna signed contract extensions until 2020.

The Shrimps head into tomorrow’s match three places and four points above the Spireites in 20th position, with just one win from their last six league matches.

One to watch – Callum Lang

Voted as the EFL young player of the month for December, striker Lang, joined the Shrimps on a season-long loan from Wigan Athletic in September.

During his time at the Globe Arena, he’s scored six goals in 17 appearances, with five in as many games during December, including a brace in the 4-3 win over Yeovil Town on December 29.

Lang was a member of the Liverpool academy until U14 level, before he made the switch to the Latics. He turned professional at the start of this season and has gone on to make three cup appearances for Paul Cook’s side.

Head to Head

Tomorrow’s meeting is the 15th between the two sides, with the Shrimps having had the better of the previous encounters: -

Chesterfield – 2 (wins)

Draws – 6

Morecambe – 6 (wins)

The Spireites’ only win at Morecambe came back in January 2010, when Martin Gritton’s goal in the 18th minute gave them a 1-0 victory.

From the dugout

Despite having suffered consecutive home defeats, manager Jack Lester believes his side can turn things around and climb up the table, though the match with the Shrimps is not one that is as important as any other his team will face.

“We’ve lost our last two, but won the two before that, so that’s what we’re concentrating on," he said.

“I’ve never really bought in to the ‘it’s just another game’ argument, there’s more to it than that. You go right through the league there’s not an easier game, there’s little in it and we have to prepare as well as we can.

“You’ve got to go and do the best you can, whoever you play. You have to deal with that moment. That’s the approach we’ll have to the game.”

Can't get to the Lancashire? 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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