PREVIEW: Spireites take on Spitfires in bottom-half clash

Chesterfield travel to Hampshire to take on Eastleigh in John Pemberton’s second game in temporary charge of the Spireites.

The Spireites are looking for a second successive win after picking up a massive three points following a 1-0 win over Sutton United in their last outing.


The Opposition

Eastleigh currently sit 16th in the National League table, seven points in front of the Spireites. Last weekend they hosted Chesterfield’s neighbours Matlock Town in the FA Trophy and secured their place in the round 3rd round with a 2-1 victory over the Gladiators.

On Thursday the Spitfires made a hat-trick of signings, bringing in James Alabi, Jake Scrimshaw and Udoka Godwin-Malife on loan. Defenders Michael Green and Andrew Boyce are both now fit after recovering from injury.


One To Watch

Danny Hollands - The 34-year-old began his career in the Chelsea academy where he captained the youth team before a loan spell at Torquay United.

The midfielder then spent five years in Dorset with Bournemouth where he scored 24 goals in 193 appearances. Hollands then signed for Charlton and had spells on loan at Swindon Town, Gillingham and Portsmouth before signing a permanent deal at Pompey in May 2014.

Hollands then signed for Crewe Alexandra before returning to Hampshire in 2017 to sign for Eastleigh.


Previous Meetings

The two sides have met three times, with the Spireites unable to beat the Spitfires.

Earlier on this season Eastleigh claimed all three points after Tom Denton put Chesterfield ahead.

Last time out at the Silverlake Stadium the points were shared, thanks to Jordan Hallam’s equaliser.


Team News

John Pemberton revealed Josef Yarney and Anthony Gerrard are available for selection. Right-back Jordan Cropper who joined the Spireites on loan from Burnley will be pushing for a debut while goalkeeper Ross Fitzimons who joined the club on loan from Notts County is likely to make the bench.


Pemberton’s Thoughts

When asked about Saturday’s opponents Pemberton said: “They’ve got some experience and they are a big side that are very good from set-pieces.

“We’re not going down there to sit back,” he said “we’re going down there to win the football match.”

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