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PREVIEW: Stevenage

26 January 2018

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After last week's 2-1 win away at Yeovil Town, the Spireites return to the Proact tomorrow, looking to make it three wins in a row when Stevenage come to North Derbyshire (3pm). 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.


Supporters can purchase their tickets on the day of the game, from the Club Superstore from 9am-12pm and then from the ticket office, which will be open from 12pm until kick off.

A full list of prices can be found here.

Team news

The Spireites will be without the services of Drew Talbot, after it was confirmed that the full back will be out for four-six weeks with a pulled hamstring. 

Tomorrow's match will also come too soon for Bradley Barry and Gozie Ugwu.

Stevenage meanwhile will check on the availability of Joe Martin and Dan Newton ahead of match, while midfielder Chris Whelpdale misses out through an ankle injury.

Manager – Darren Sarll

After a playing career spent in non-league, Sarll’s coaching career started with Stevenage in 2006, where he took charge of the club’s youth team, before progressing to reserve team manager.

Following spells coaching at Brentford and Rotherham United, Sarll returned to the Lamex Stadium in 2012 and three years later he became first team coach.

Sarll took over the role as first team manager initially on a caretaker basis following the departure of Teddy Sheringham in February 2016.

In his debut season he guided them to an 18th placed finish, before a 10th placed finish last term. Heading into tomorrow’s match, Sarll finds his side in 15th position and unbeaten in their last three league games.

One to watch – Matthew Godden

The 27-year-old forward joined the club in 2016 after a two-year spell with Ebbsfleet United.

In his first season with the club he scored an impressive 21 goals from 38 appearances and so far, this season, Godden has picked up from where he left off with 13 goals and three assists to his name, including two in the 5-1 win over the Spireites last month.

His fine form has even alerted scouts from higher divisions, with both Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town previously expressing interest in him.

Born in Canterbury, Godden’s career started with Scunthorpe United and took in loan spells with non-league sides Brigg Town, Ilkeston and Gainsborough Trinity.

Head to head

Tomorrow’s meeting is just the sixth between the two clubs and it’s fair to say that honours are well and truly even: -

Chesterfield – 1 win.

Draws – 3

Stevenage – 1 win

The Spireites’ only victory over the Boro, came seven years ago, when Drew Talbot scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Proact on January 15, 2011.

From the dugout

Town boss Jack Lester says that tomorrow's clash won't be a repeat of when the two sides last met and emphasised the importance of extending the good form at the Proact over the last couple of months.

He said: “It’ll be a different game, they ran over the top of us, it was a real off day down there. And that won’t happen on Saturday – we’ll be a much tougher opposition.

"I thought the Luton performance was excellent. There was a real good atmosphere and there was a real good feel about the place. From before the game to when the game went on you could just sense there was a real good feeling from the stands on to the pitch."

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.

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