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Match preview: Braintree Town

5 March 2019

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The Spireites will be looking to return to winning ways when they play at Braintree Town this evening, kick-off 7.45pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Tickets can be purchased at the stadium tonight, priced as follows:

Adult: £19

Concession: £12

U18: £6

Team News

John Sheridan has hinted that he doesn't plan to make many changes to the line-up. Charlie Carter is in contention for a recall after not being risked in Saturday's game at Wrexham. Alex Kiwomya is set to continue on the sidelines due to a hamstring strain.

The Opposition

The Manager – Danny Searle

Searle stepped up from his assistant-manager role towards the end of January following the departure of Hakan Hayrettin to Maidstone United to become Braintree's third manager of the season.

He was previously involved in academy coaching at Chelsea, Charlton Athletic, West Ham United and Southend United.

Searle had been been working as Hayrettin's assistant since the pair joined the club at the start of October, following the departure of Brad Quinton. 

He is in the process of completing his UEFA Pro Licence.

One to watch – Lyle Della-Verde

The talented winger started his football career as a youth player at Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, but made his professional debut on loan at Bristol Rovers.

He also played in the Football League for Fleetwood Town and Crawley, later signing for Dartford in the summer of 2017.

Della-Verde made 34 appearances and scored five goals in a season where his team made the National League South play-offs, but were eventually beaten by his current club Braintree.

The 24-year-old has scored three goals in 28 appearances this season.

Head to head

This is the third meeting between the two clubs.

They came together for the first time in the FA Cup first round during the 2014/15 season when the Spireites won 6-0.

In the reverse fixture at the Proact Stadium in August, Chesterfield won 1-0 following a goal from Curtis Weston.

From the dugout

In the pre-match press conference, manager John Sheridan said: "I'm not taking them lightly, whatsoever. It's a Tuesday night and I don't expect the pitch to be great. We've just got to carry on doing what we've been doing.

"It's probably the biggest game for me since I've been here. If we can win the game, it keeps us seven points clear of the bottom four so it's a big, big game for us."

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