The Spireites welcome Chorley to the Proact Stadium on Saturday in search of fourth league win in five games, kick-off 3pm. Here is our match preview for the game....
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During Friday’s pre-match press conference John Sheridan confirmed that he has a fully fit squad for Saturday’s game but will have to check on Josef Yarney’s fitness ahead of the match. He also revealed that Anthony Spyrou has returned to his parent club Norwich City.
Manager: Jamie Vermiglio
Vermiglio started his playing career with Chorley, where he spent three years prior to moving onto Scarborough. He spent the next four years with teams such as AFC Telford, Chorley on loan and Nantwich before joining the Magpies for the third time in 2010.
He ended his playing career at the end of the 2014/2015 season following one season in the National League North and quickly transitioned into the Chorley backroom setup. The former midfielder started as a coach, before becoming assistant manager and eventually manager after the resignation of Matt Jansen in 2018.
Vermiglio enjoyed his first season at helm of the sixth tier club, finishing second in the table just behind Stockport County. The Magpies had to settle for the play-offs and found themselves in the final after a win on penalties against Altrincham. Chorley also won the play-off final on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Spennymoor Town, gaining promotion to the National League for the first time in 29 years.
In his first season in charge in the fifth tier, Vermiglio sees his side bottom of the table after 20 games.
One to watch: Chris Holroyd
After a youth career at Crewe Alexandra and Chester City, Holroyd joined the latter in 2006. After making almost 50 appearances for the Blues, the striker joined then Conference Premier side Cambridge United in 2008 before a move to League One with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2010.
Two loan spells with Stevenage and Bury followed prior to a permanent move to Rotherham United in just a year later. Holroyd moved onto Preston North End, Morecambe and Macclesfield Town after leaving the Millers.
The 33-year-old joined National League side Wrexham following his departure from the Silkmen. Holroyd stayed in north Wales for two years before joining newly-promoted outfit Chorley. The journeyman has scored seven goals in his opening 19 games so far.
Head to head:
This will be the first ever meeting between the Spireites and the Magpies.
From the dugout:
John Sheridan: “We are playing a team who are bottom of the league but I’m very wary of them. Every game they have been in has been tight and they have had lots of draws. We’re taking it very seriously and we are expecting a tough game.”
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