PREVIEW: Spireites look to secure two wins on the bounce at home to Shots

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

James Rowe comes up against his former club Aldershot Town in hope of securing a first home win as Town boss.

It is coming up to two years since the new Spireites boss was assistant to Gary Waddock at Aldershot. During their time at the club they guided the Hampshire side to the National League play-offs twice but fell short on both occasions, firstly to Tranmere Rovers and secondly to Ebbsfleet United.

The game is of course behind closed doors but fans can pay for a stream which can be found here:

The Opposition

Danny Searle’s side will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat to Wrexham nine days ago which ended their three game unbeaten run. They sit 15th in the table with 11 points on the board (W 3 D 2 L 4).

Alex Finney, Jamie Sendles-White, Craig Tanner and Ross McCormack are all out of contention due to injury and former Spireite Mike Fondop will not feature due to serving the first match of a three game ban.


Mo Bettamer- The Aldershot number nine represents Libya at international level and worked his way up from their under 18s.

He started his club career at London Tigers and made a handful of appearances for a selection of other non-league clubs before moving to Libyan club Al Ahly Benghazi.

He returned to the UK and spent a couple of years out of football before joining Staines Town in 2016 where he spent two seasons making 82 appearances and scoring 39 goals. An impressive couple of seasons nearly earnt the striker a move to Salford City but the deal fell through and he ended up joining Braintree Town.

Following a stint in Essex he spent time at Barnet before joining Aldershot Town on a free transfer in October last year. The 27-year-old is joint Shots top scorer with the injured Craig Tanner on three goals.

Previous Meetings

A year ago yesterday the two sides met at the EBB Stadium and Tom Denton equalised in additional time to make sure the Spireites didn’t go home empty handed.

The Shots were due to visit the Technique Stadium after the curtailment of the season but their last visit was a memorable one being Chesterfield’s first home match in the National League. A brace from Charlie Carter and a late Marc-Antoine Fortune penalty secured the points for the Blues.

Team News

James Rowe told the press that everyone came through Saturday’s game unscathed and are all in contention for the clash with Aldershot.

Rowe’s Thoughts

“I know I’ve got some good players. They just need some structure and some belief.”

The manager added he was pleased with debutant Akwasi Asante and Tom Denton, as well as Scott Boden who came on off the bench.

“It’s a shame the crowd can’t be here. We just need to make sure we’re in the best possible position for when they return.”

On his opponents, he said: “It’s mixed emotions because I have still got feelings for the club. We did so well there and there seems like a bit of unfinished business but make no mistake about it, I’m fully Chesterfield and we will be going for the win and I will be delighted if we get the three points.”

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