PREVIEW: Spireites kick off new year at home to Solihull

Chesterfield welcome Solihull Moors to the Technique Stadium for the first game of 2021 and first game since the squad had to isolate due positive COVID test results.

The game will be played behind closed doors however supporters can purchase a stream.

The Opposition

Solihull Moors have been a strong National League side for the last couple of seasons. This year they are currently 14th in the league having only played eleven games. James Shan’s side come into the game off the back of a 4-0 victory over Farsley Celtic in the FA Trophy.


James Ball- The 25-year-old is a product of his hometown club Bolton Wanders’ academy. After his release he joined Northwich Victoria before Stalybridge Celtic in the National League North where his spell only lasted a month. The midfielder then joined Stockport where he reunited with his former boss from Northwich Jim Gannon and spent two years at Edgeley Park before earning a move to the Football League with Stevenage. Ball left the Lamex in May 2019 and returned to Non-League when he joined up with Ebbsfleet United. He joined Solihull Moors in October of that year and has made 31 appearances so far for the West Midlands outfit.

Previous Meetings

The two sides have faced each other on four occasions with the Moors coming out on top twice. Their first win was a memorable 4-0 on Boxing Day 2018 which saw some Town fans’ tempers boil over and invade the pitch in protest of the ownership. Their other victory came on New Year’s day 2020 and turned out to be John Sheridan’s last game in charge of the Spireites. The other two meetings saw the two sides claim a point apiece.

Team News

James Rowe told the press that striker Tom Denton is likely to miss out due to a knee injury.

The gaffer also provided an update on goalkeeper Luke Coddington’s long-term injury. He said the 25-year-old is a few weeks away from returning to training.

Rowe’s Thoughts

"We've trained now and we're getting ready for Saturday. I'm itching to get going again.

"We're ready to get two positive results now, we will go into both games and try and win the best we can. They're a good side, but we're up for it.

“Playing two games in three days against the same team is unheard of and quirky, but we will do our talking on the pitch.”

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