The Spireites travel to Gateshead aiming to record back to back league victories on Friday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….
Supporters should note that no tickets will be available to purchase in advance. Admission is payable on the gate on the day of the game, priced as follows:
Concessions: (60+/Armed Forces/NHS): £8
Assistant manager Glynn Snodin confirmed during Thursday’s pre-match press conference that the Spireites have no fresh injury concerns.
The Manager – Ben Clark
Clark began his playing career as a youth player at Manchester United, however, he signed for Sunderland without making a senior appearance.
He made his Sunderland debut in a 2-1 League Cup win over Luton Town in 2000 but found first-team opportunities hard to come by, only making eleven appearances in three seasons at the club.
Hartlepool signed the defender in 2004 and was a crucial member of the side that won promotion to League One, in a season that included an 18-game unbeaten run.
Clark’s next port of call was Gateshead United in 2010 and he was named captain of the side. He picked up the club’s Player of the Year award after his first season and then started to get involved in coaching.
After the departure of manager Steve Watson, Clark was appointed as first team manager in January this year.
One to watch – Steven Rigg
Rigg began his career at hometown club Keswick before catching the eye whilst at Penrith, scoring 65 goals in just over 80 matches.
His prolific spell at Penrith earnt him a move to the Football League with Carlisle United. The striker found the net on six occasions in his first season at the club but was loaned out to Barrow in 2015.
Injury limited his playing time whilst at Barrow, only making 10 league appearances before resigning for Carlisle on a short term deal.
The 26-year-old then had spells at Chorley, Workington and had a short period in the United States with Erie Commodores.
He joined current club Gateshead in the summer last year and has scored on eight occasions this season.
Head to head
The two teams have met on 23 separate occasions, with the Spireites winning 12, losing four and drawing seven of those matches.
From the dugout
Assistant manager Glynn Snodin: “It’s a fantastic effort from them with what they’ve been through. They’re a small squad but I think they’ve done absolutely magnificently and they’ll be unlucky to not reach the play-offs now.”
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