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PREVIEW: Spireites travel to The Hive


Chesterfield are still on the hunt for their first win of the campaign as they travel to North London to face Barnet at the Hive.

 

The Opposition


Despite being relegated with Chesterfield in 2018 the Bees are no strangers to this division. Barnet have been champions of the National League three times, once led Mad Dog with a squad that included: Curtis Weston, Sam Togwell and Sam Muggleton.


Darren Currie, the Barnet gaffer is no stranger to Chesterfield. The midfielder made 31 appearances for Chesterfield between 2008-2010. He is looking for his side to make the play-offs this season.


Barnet currently sit 12th in the table, with two victories, one draw and one defeat to their name.

 

One-To-Watch


Simeon Akinola - Born in Lagos, Nigeria, the 27-year-old forward started his senior career at Boreham Wood after coming up through their academy.


He signed for the Bees in January 2017 for a fee of £40,000. Akinola is in good form and has found the back of the net three times already this season.

 

Previous Encounters


Chesterfield have had many encounters with Barnet over the years. This only will be the Spireites’ third trip to The Hive, after many of the away fixtures were played at Underhill where the Bees were up until 2013.


Last season Chesterfield clashed with Barnet at the Hive on a February Tuesday night. Goals from Charlie Carter and Alex Kiwomya meant the Spireites could take all three points home in a 2-0 victory.


Chesterfield’s last game in the Football League was also down in North London. Although Barnet won the match 3-0, it wasn’t enough to save them and they were relegated on goal difference. Despite Chesterfield already being relegated, 563 supporters still turned out, loud in voice for their final game in the Football League.

 

Team News


With Tom Denton, Anthony Spyrou and Anthony Gerrard currently unavailable due to injury, Glyn Snodin said that one of these players could be back in contention for Saturday. He also said that Jay Sheridan could be close to making a start.


The Spireites could also include Mike Fondop to make his debut. The forward has just signed following his release from Wrexham.

 

Snodin’s Thoughts


The assistant manager was very complimentary of Barnet and thinks they’re one of best in the league.


“They’ve got great movement from the middle of the park into the last third. They have some pacy people out wide and up front,” he said.


Despite the fact Chesterfield are yet to find a win Snodin said: “We’re not going to get downbeat. We are not panicking. Honestly we are not. We are just frustrated with certain things at the moment.”

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