PREVIEW: Spireites return to action against in-form Notts County

Chesterfield make the short trip to Meadow Lane following their third 10-day isolation period since December.

Saturday’s clash will be the Spiretes’ first since 30th January when they earned a hard-fought point away at Dagenham & Redbridge despite being down to ten men for 80 minutes.

The game will be played behind closed doors however supporters can purchase a stream for £12 here:

The Opposition

Neil Ardley’s men will be looking to extend their seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions. They also come into the game with four wins on the bounce. The Magpies' recent form has seen them climb to 3rd in the table- one point behind Sutton in 2nd.


Rúben Rodrigues- The 24-year-old spent his youth career in the lower leagues in the Netherlands. The forward signed first team forms for Den Bosche in 2018 after making 33 appearances (12 goals) and enduring a loan spell at De Treffers. He swapped the Dutch Eerste Divisie for the National League in Summer 2020 when he signed for County.

Last Time Out

The last meeting between the two sides proved to be the end of John Pemberton’s tenure at the club. Goals from Jonathan Smith and Tom Denton put Chesterfield 2-1 up going into additional time but the Spireites somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory after Rúben Rodrigues and Kyle Wooton found the back of the net to steal the points.

Team News

In his pre-match press conference James Rowe provided us with an update on the players who are currently in the treatment room. He described Nathan Tyson as “really close to coming back,” and said Joe Rowley and Tom Denton are both still unavailable. Tom Whelan is also out of contention due to his red card against Dagenham and Redbridge.

There is a strong possibility that Adi Yussuf will make his debut at Meadow Lane but as usual Rowe kept his cards close to his chest.

Rowe’s Thoughts

The Chesterfield manager said: “You always have to respect your opponent and Notts County are probably one of the best opponents I’ve faced in my tenure here.

“It comes off the back of a break. You could look at it as we are fresh, or you could say that they are on a roll. Who knows what tomorrow is going to bring?

“The game is win at all cost because every game is like that. I’m intrigued by the game tomorrow and I am sure the supporters are as well.”

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