The Spireites will aim to make it back to back wins when they return to the Proact on Saturday to face Eastleigh, 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 Anthony Gerrard has trained all week, however, the boss explained that Laurence Maguire is still unavailable as he is continuing to recover from illness.
Manager: Ben Strevens
Strevens began his playing career at Wingate & Finchley, and in the 1998-99 season helped them to promotion from the Isthmian League Division Three, scoring an impressive 28 league goals.
He was then signed by Barnet, before being loaned out early on in his spell at ‘The Bees’ to Slough Town and St Albans City.
The forward made 41 appearances during the 2004/05 season and became the club’s longest-serving player. However, Strevens left at the end of that season having notched 42 career goals for the club.
He then had a short spell at Crawley Town, before having a more successful period with Dagenham and Redbridge. Strevens was part of the Dagenham and Redbridge side that won promotion to League Two in the 2006/07 season.
The forward was part of another promotion just a few years later, this time with Wycombe Wanderers. He helped them to promotion to League One in 2011, only for them to be relegated back to League Two the next season.
Strevens was signed by Gillingham in 2012. They won the League Two title in Strevens’ only season at the club, with a move back to Dagenham and Redbridge being his next port of call.
His spell back at ‘The Daggers’ was a short one and he was signed by Eastleigh only five months later. The forward played an integral part in the club getting promoted to the National League in 2014 and began his coaching career not long after.
Near the end of the 2015/16 season, Strevens took up the role of player/assistant manager and was caretaker manager for Eastleigh’s game against Wrexham after Chris Todd left the club.
Strevens left Eastleigh in 2017 to join up with his former manager Richard Hill at Whitehawk. Hill was appointed as a scout for Aston Villa, and Strevens was appointed temporary player/joint manager.
After Andy Hessenthaler was sacked by Eastleigh early last season, Strevens returned to the club to take charge as caretaker manager. After impressing the club, he was given the job permanently and guided them to the National League play-offs last campaign. However, they were defeated in a penalty shootout by Salford City in the semi-finals.
Eastleigh are currently in 15th position in the table.
One to Watch – Danny Hollands
The 33-year-old began his career as a youth player at Chelsea, however, he didn’t make a first-team appearance for the London club.
After a loan spell at Torquay United, he moved to Bournemouth in 2006, where he would play for five years.
His stint on the South Coast ended with the midfielder moving back to London, this time with Charlton Athletic.
Hollands was a member of the Charlton squad who were promoted to the Championship during the 2011/12 season, contributing eight goals in 46 appearances in all competitions.
Loan spells at Swindon, Gillingham and Portsmouth followed before joining Pompey on a permanent deal.
After two years at Portsmouth, his next port of call was Crewe, and after a year in Cheshire he then ended up at his current club Eastleigh.
Last season Hollands scored a memorable long-range strike in extra time at Wrexham to take Eastleigh into the play-off semi-finals.
The Eastleigh captain has scored an impressive six goals already this season and will be a goal threat on Saturday.
Head to head
Saturday’s match will be the third time the teams have met with their first meeting ending in a draw and last time out the Spireites were on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline at the Proact in March.
From the dugout
John Sheridan: “It doesn’t matter who you play, you look at all the teams and they all beat each other in this league.
"I don’t look at any team as inferior to any other. I think everyone is on a level playing field, it’s a very evenly balanced league.”
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