The Spireites host Bromley in their next National League fixture on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….
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During Friday’s pre-match press conference, John Sheridan confirmed that Josef Yarney is continuing his recovery from a hamstring injury and Joe Rowley’s fitness will be checked before the match tomorrow.
Manager: Neil Smith
After failing to break through to the first team at Tottenham as an apprentice, Smith joined Gillingham in 1991.
He made over 200 appearances in the six years he spent in Kent before spells with Fulham, Reading and Stevenage.
The midfielder moved to Conference side Woking in 2002, where he spent five years. He also had a spell as caretaker manager in 2007 shortly before he left the Kingfield Stadium.
Smith became player-manager at Welling United, but he only lasted a year prior to ending his playing career with Maidstone United.
In 2011, Smith joined Bromley as assistant manager. He spent five years as assistant before being handed the managerial job on a temporary basis. He was handed the role permanently in April 2016.
Smith took the Ravens to the FA Trophy final in 2018, where they lost 5-4 on penalties to Brackley Town after a 1-1 draw. He also led Bromley to an 11th place finish in the National League last season.
The manager has guided Bromley to second place currently in the National League.
One to Watch – Luke Coulson
The 25-year-old began his career as a youth player at Manchester City, where he was involved in the academy for ten years.
Coulson then swapped the North West for South Wales by joining Cardiff City in 2012. He mostly featured for the Bluebirds’ development side and only made one senior appearance for the club, coming off the bench during an FA Cup tie against Macclesfield Town.
The Welsh club offered him a new deal, however, Coulson decided to part ways and signed for Oxford City.
He had trials at various professional clubs before joining Eastleigh in a club-record deal in 2015.
A year later he made the step up to the Football League by joining Barnet in January 2017 and made his league debut against Newport County.
The midfielder only made eleven appearances for the Bees before Ebbsfleet United came calling in the summer of 2017.
Coulson made over 60 appearances for the Fleet and was part of the squad that reached the play-offs in the 2017/18 season.
He made the move to South London in December last year and has been a crucial part of what has been an impressive campaign for the Ravens so far this season.
Set pieces are Coulson’s speciality and the 25-year-old has chipped in with two goals and five assists this term.
Head to Head
Saturday’s match will be the fourth time that the teams have played each other in total.
Last time out the Spireites fell to a 2-1 defeat at Hayes Lane despite Liam Mandeville netting his first Chesterfield goal with an acrobatic volley.
From the Dugout:
John Sheridan: “They are having a great season so far. They are winning games to enable them to be in that position. They’ve got some good players and it was a good game when we played them down there.”
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