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Chesterfield v Grimsby Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 02/09/2008

AFTER a confidence improving 1-1 draw at Lincoln The Mariners look to improve things even further against a Chesterfield side who last season proved the turning point for Buckley with two emphatic wins against the Spireites in a competition the Mariners just love.

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The Opposition


Town's unimpressive 1-0 defeat to Chesterfield only a couple of weeks ago gives little optimism for us in a fixture based at the intimidating if only half full Saltergate. Lee Richardson (left) became one of the fans' least favourite managers by the time The Town had inflicted 2-1 and 4-2 defeats on play-off chasing Chesterfield. His constant whinging and incessant moaning at the wrong doings inflicted on his precious team may make for a fiery return for the man in charge of the guys from the land of wonky spires, well spire. Off the pitch things are looking up: the new stadium is getting ever closer to been finished in a retail development close to the town centre and the financial problems which were prevalent in the past also seem to have improved.

The Team
Chesterfield made some wholesale changes to their squad over pre-season with many members of their play-off failing squad being ripped out after all hope of returning to League One straight away had vanished. Danny Hall (Gretna), Darren Currie (Luton, left), Tommy Lee (not the one from the Pammy sex tape, Macclesfield) and Alan Goodall (Luton) all been bought in over preseason to bolster the squad.

One to Watch
Jack Lester. The former Mariner snubbed a return to the Humber after deciding to stay close to his former club Forest and settled for a place in the Chesterfield line up. His constant goals were the lifeline which kept the Spireites in touch of the play-offs, as they battled for the last spot against Wycombe and Rochdale the eventual winners Stockport.

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  • New signing Javan Vidal is set to make his debut at Saltergate. probably at right back.

  • Martin Butler has once again requested to leave the club because of the amount of time spent travelling to Blundell Park. He was left out at Lincoln, and may be omitted again.
  • Chesterfield striker Jack Lester is set to make his return after a thigh injury against his former side.

  • Captain Rob Page also returns after a family bereavement but keeper Trevor Carson is away with Northern Ireland's Under-21s, so Tommy Lee steps in.
  • Squads

    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    6DFRichard Hope
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9FWMartin Butler
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21MFSimon Heslop
    22FWNathan Jarman
    23MFGrant Normington
    24GKLeigh Overton
    1GKTommy Lee
    2DFPhil Picken
    3DFGregor Robertson
    4MFJamie Lowry
    5DFRobert Page
    6DFKevin Austin
    7FWJamie Ward
    8MFDerek Niven
    10MFDarren Currie
    11MFPaul Harsley
    12DFAlan Goodall
    14FWJack Lester
    15DFAaron Downes
    16MFJamie Winter
    17MFLloyd Kerry
    18DFDanny Hall
    20MFBenjamin Algar
    21MFDaniel Gray
    22GKDan Whatsize

    Head to Head

    Town have a decent record against Chesterfield, both home and away.

    P 91 W 39 D 24 L28 F145 A 117

    Chesterfield Head-to-Head (22nd on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 0 Chesterfield 1 (Sat 23rd Aug 2008)

    A recent game at Blundell Park in which the Mariners were dire and deserved to lose.



    The Mariners could exercise a few ghosts with a good display and the long road to Wembley maybe recreated again.

    Chesterfield 0 Grimsby 2

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