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Match Preview: Eastleigh

23 November 2018

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The Spireites look to make it two wins in a row as they travel to face Eastleigh in their next National League fixture on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….

Tickets

Supporters should note that the advance purchase of tickets for the game at Eastleigh will only be available online.

Tickets can be purchased here for the game on Saturday, and are priced as follows:

Adult: £12

Concession: £8

Under-18: £4

Under-7: Free

No tickets will be on sale at the Proact Stadium ticket office, however, they will be available on the day of the match at Eastleigh.

True Blue Travel places are priced as follows:

Adult: £27              Adult with season ticket discount: £24

Under-16: £15      Under-16 with season ticket discount: £12

The departure time is 8.30am.

To book True Blue Travel places, please call in at the Club Superstore.

 

Team News

During the pre-match press conference on Friday, Adrian Whitbread stated that the fitness of Will Evans and Zavon Hines is a concern heading into Saturday’s game.

“We are still waiting for the physio. Obviously, Zavon came in off the back of still having a sore knee,” Whitbread explained.

“We’ve got a big enough squad, so if there needs to be changes then they will be made if it needs freshened up.”

Whitbread also revealed that Bradley Barry has been recalled from his loan spell at Dover, and he will join up with the squad for Saturday’s trip to Eastleigh.

 

The Opposition

The Manager – Ben Strevens

Strevens began his playing career at Wingate & Finchley, and in the 1998-99 season helped them to promotion from the Isthmian League Division Three, scoring an impressive 28 league goals.

He was then signed by Barnet, before being loaned out early on in his spell at ‘The Bees’ to Slough Town and St Albans City.

The forward made 41 appearances during the 2004/05 season and became the club’s longest serving player. However, Strevens left at the end of that season having notched 42 career goals for the club.

He then had a short spell at Crawley Town, before having a more successful period with Dagenham and Redbridge. Strevens was part of the Dagenham and Redbridge side that won promotion to League Two in the 2006/07 season.

The forward was part of another promotion just a few years later, this time with Wycombe Wanderers. He helped them to promotion to League One in 2011, only for them to be relegated back to League Two the next season.

Strevens was reunited with current Chesterfield manager Martin Allen when he was signed by Gillingham in 2012. The pair had previously worked together during Allen’s first spell as manager at Barnet.

Gillingham won the League Two title in Strevens’ only season at the club, with a move back to Dagenham and Redbridge being his next port of call.

His spell back at ‘The Daggers’ was a short one and he was signed by Eastleigh only five months later. The forward played an integral part in the club getting promoted to the National League in 2014, and began his coaching career not long after.

Near the end of the 2015/16 season, Strevens took up the role of player/assistant manager, and was caretaker manager for Eastleigh’s game against Wrexham after Chris Todd left the club.

Strevens left Eastleigh in 2017 to join up with his former manager Richard Hill at Whitehawk. Hill was appointed as a scout for Aston Villa, and Strevens was appointed temporary player/joint manager.

After Andy Hessenthaler was sacked by Eastleigh in October, Strevens returned to the club to take charge as caretaker manager. After impressing the club he was given the job permanently and has guided the club into ninth place currently in the National League.

 

One to Watch - Paul McCallum

McCallum began his career at Dulwich Hamlet, where he progressed from the youth sides and into the senior team. He caught the eye at the club with his goalscoring talents and interested a number of sides from the Premier League and the Football League.

West Ham were the club to sign him, and the forward put pen to paper on a four-year deal with ‘The Hammers’ in 2011.

He failed to make a senior appearance for West Ham but impressed during loan spells at Aldershot, Torquay and Wimbledon.

McCallum made a permanent move away from West Ham when he signed for Leyton Orient in 2015. He went onto score 15 goals in just over 40 appearances for the club, before moving to current club Eastleigh in 2017.

The forward has been in good goalscoring form this season, scoring nine goals so far. McCallum certainly knows how to find the back of the net, so the Spireites defence will have to be aware of the forward during Saturday’s National League clash.

 

Head to head

This will be the first time that the two sides have played against each other.

 

From the dugout

Adrian Whitbread: “Only one loss in eleven speaks for itself. You’ve got two form teams going into tomorrow’s game and we’re excited about it.”

 

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