PREVIEW: Spireites host high-flyers Halifax

Chesterfield welcome Halifax Town to the Proact Stadium for the second ever time, still in search of their first win of the season.

The Spireites are looking to claw their way out of the relegation zone, whilst their opponents could climb to the top of the league with a win.


The Opposition

The Shaymen have got off to a flyer this term. They have won six out of eight, drawn one and lost the other.

Halifax gaffer Pete Wild is in his first season managing the Shaymen and was appointed just over a week before the start of the new season after the sudden resignation of former manager Jamie Fullarton. The original Halifax Town were dissolved in 2008 but reformed as the club known today.


One to Watch

Liam McAlinden - The striker started his career at Wolves, signing a professional contract in 2010. After loan spells at various clubs he signed for Exeter where he scored six goals in thirty-four appearances.

After leaving the Devon club in the Summer of 2018, the 25-year-old was a trialist at Chesterfield but he went on to sign for Cheltenham Town. McAlinden made no appearances for the Robins and was loaned out to Brackley and Kidderminster Harriers before signing for Halifax Town in time for the 2019-20 season.

McAlinden is certainly in form after finding the back of the net twice for the Shaymen on Saturday against Solihull Moors.


Previous Meetings

The Spireites have faced Halifax many times over the years but they have only played the newly formed club twice.

Last season, the teams drew 1-1 at The Shay, but Chesterfield managed to win the reverse fixture 1-0 thanks to Scott Boden.


Team News

Tom Denton is back in training but he is doubtful to return to face his former team on Tuesday. Anthony Spyrou and David Buchanan will also not be available for selection.


Crossley’s Thoughts

Goalkeeping coach Mark Crossley sat down for the pre-match press conference instead of John Sheridan. He has been impressed with Luke Coddington and thought the keeper was excellent in his debut on Saturday.

When looking towards Tuesday night’s fixture Crossley said: "Halifax are flying at the moment and take nothing away from them they are doing really, really well. They will be full of confidence.”

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