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Spireites set for final pre-season fixture

26 July 2019

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The Spireites will face Burton Albion at the Proact on Saturday in their final pre-season fixture.

John Sheridan will use the game to help finalise his plans for the season opener against Dover at the Proact on Saturday, August 3.

New loan signing Anthony Spyrou will be one player hoping to impress against Burton in order to earn himself a starting spot, after playing against Sheffield United in midweek.

After finishing ten points off the League One play-offs last season, Burton will be hoping that they can push into the top six to give themselves a chance of promotion to the Championship.

Nigel Clough has signed a number of players to replace the three major outgoings earlier in the transfer window, with midfielders John-Joe O’Toole and Ryan Edwards joining from Northampton Town and Hearts respectively.

Clough has also strengthened his defensive options with two young centre-backs and a goalkeeper.

Nineteen-year-old defender Jevan Anderson arrived from Formartine United in the Scottish Highland League, whilst Chelsea defender Richard Nartey and Manchester United goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara have joined on loan for the season.

The Brewers started their pre-season fixtures with a trip to Matlock Town where they managed a draw thanks to a second-half equaliser by Northern Irish striker Liam Boyce.

For their first match at the Pirelli Stadium this season, Albion took on Sheffield United and grabbed a late winner through the recently departed Harness after John Brayford cancelled out Billy Sharp's early goal.

Burton then took part in a seven-goal thriller in the Bass Charity Vase at the Pirelli Stadium against Derby County, where the away side ran away 5-2 victors.

Goals from Brayford and Scott Fraser weren’t enough to stop an inform Martyn Waghorn grabbing a first half hat-trick, with Mason Bennett and Max Lowe each adding a goal later in the game.

Most recently, the Brewers split their squad for back-to-back midweek away games against Solihull Moors and Mickleover Sports.

Against Solihull, Burton were unable to break the deadlock as the game finished goal-less. The next day, a young Brewers side fell to a 2-0 defeat at Mickleover.

Liam Boyce will be Burton’s dangerman and the Spireites defence will do well to stop the Northern Ireland international striker, who has 19 caps for his country.

Tickets for this match are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. They can be purchased online here or bought on the day.

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