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PREVIEW: Managerless Spireites in Local Derby Action

Chesterfield will be looking to lift themselves out of the relegation zone in a local derby against rivals Notts County.

John Dungworth will be the man in the dugout for Saturday’s game following the departure of first team manager John Pemberton on Thursday.

The Opposition

Similarly to the Spireites, County have a rich history in the Football League but find themselves playing at National League level. They haven’t had the start to the season they were hoping for but are still doing significantly better than the Spireites. Neil Ardley’s side sit 12th in the table with ten points on the board whilst Chesterfield occupy a relegation place with six points. In midweek the Magpies earned a point away at Halifax.


Kyle Wooton- The striker started his career at the Scunthorpe United Academy before graduating to the first team in 2014. During his time at Glanford Park, Wooton went on to make 66 first team appearances and spent time on loan at six different clubs, the last one being County, where he signed up permanently in January 2020 for a fee of £60,000.

The 24-year-old finished last season as top goal scorer for the club and has started this one in good form too. Wooton has four goals to his name this season and will be looking to add a few more to his tally against the Spireites.

Previous Meetings

The two sides met three times last season. The first fixture was at the Technique Stadium where the Spireites claimed all three points with Gevaro netting the only goal of the game. The Magpies travelled back to the Technique a couple of months later in the FA Trophy when former Spireite Kristian Dennis found the back of the net to allow County to progress to the second round. The fixture at Meadow Lane was one that Spireites would rather forget! Scott Boden missed a first-half penalty before Enzio Boldewijn put county in the lead just after the break. A brace from Kyle Wooton sealed the victory for the home side.

Team News John Dungworth told the press that everyone is fit besides goalkeeper Kyle Letheren who is suffering from illness. Dungworth’s Thoughts "I had a call asking me to take training and the match on Saturday. I'm under contract at the club and that is what I will now do. We now look forward and focus on trying to win the game tomorrow. “They’re a good side [Notts County]. It will be tough. I’m expecting a good game and expecting us to go and get a result."

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