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PREVIEW: Spireites on the road again as they battle Boreham Wood


Chesterfield travel to Boreham Wood this Saturday looking to bag their first win of the 2019-2020 campaign.


John Sheridan's side will look to kick-on from their positive performance at Maidenhead United with another one at Meadow Park

 

The Opposition


Last season, Boreham Wood finished just one place above the relegation zone, despite making it to the play-off final only a year previous.


The Wood come into this fixture with just a single point, like Chesterfield. An opening day defeat away to Torquay saw a disappointing start for Luke Garrard’s side, but they managed to pick up a point in midweek against Wrexham, thanks to two late goals.


Luke Garrard has worked hard to strengthen his side over the Summer with additions such as former Macclesfield title winner Tyrone Marsh and Kabongo Tshimanga to boast in attack.

 

One To Watch


Kabongo Tshimanga- The Congolese striker joined Boreham Wood this Summer from National League South outfit Oxford City. He netted 24 goals for City, earning his place in the National League South ‘Team of the Season’.


The 22-year-old started his career at MK Dons in the academy and was rewarded with a squad number early in the 2014-15 season despite only recently turning 18.

 

Previous Meetings


The first meeting between the sides was down at Meadow Park last season and it was the home side who claimed all three points. An 8th minute strike from defender Jamal Fyfield was the difference between the two sides on the September Tuesday night.


The reverse fixture was a more entertaining one. Despite going behind in the game, Chesterfield managed two come out on top and win 3-2, with a Tom Denton header sealing the victory for the Spireites late on.

 

Team News


John Sheridan will be looking to field a similar lineup to the one that faced Maidenhead in midweek. His options going forward are still limited, with strikers Anthony Spyrou and Tom Denton unable to make the squad with injury.


In his pre-match press conference he said Denton should be available in eight to ten days and Spyrou in around two weeks. Also centre-half Anthony Gerrard will be back next week.

 

John Sheridan’s Thoughts


The Spireites’ gaffer spoke well of Saturday’s opponents in his pre-match press conference.


“They're a very good team,” he said. “We watched them (Boreham Wood) come back from two goals the other night, so we’re wary of them”


Sheridan revealed his disappointment that the two loan players won’t be coming after a last minute collapse of the deal.

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