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PREVIEW: Town in Trophy action against Boston

Chesterfield travel to the newly-built Jakemans Community Stadium looking to book their place in the last sixteen of the FA Trophy.


The winners of the tie will face a trip to Aldershot Town on Saturday 6th February.


Wednesday night's game will be played behind closed doors and Boston United will be providing a live stream for £7.99.


The Opposition

The Pilgrims compete in the National League North- one step below the Spireites. They sit sixth in the league having played only thirteen games. They come into the game unbeaten in eight in all competitions. The Boston backline have kept eight clean sheets this season and will look to keep out Tom Denton and Akwasi Asante- two strikers they have come up against before.


One-To-Watch

Jordan Burrow- The striker grew up in Chesterfield and signed for his home town club at the age of seven. He progressed through the youth team and featured regularly in the reserve team. Burrow signed first team forms in 2011 but failed to make a competitive appearance for the Spireites and was loaned out to Boston United. He spent two months on loan with the Pilgrims and played under former-Spireite Jason Lee who was joint manager.


After his release from Chesterfield, Burrow went on to sign for League Two club Morecambe where he made 51 appearances, scoring five times. The 28-year-old spent time at Stevenage, Lincoln City, FC Halifax Town, Gateshead and York City before returning to Boston for his second spell with the club. He is leading goalscorer this season having found the back of the net five times.


Previous Meetings

The two sides met in a pre-season friendly ahead of the 2018/19 season under Martin Allen.

Other than that the two sides have only come up against each other once competitively, which was an FA Cup clash in 1974 which the Spireites won 3-1 at Saltergate.


Team News

James Rowe told the press that some more players have tested positive for COVID during the isolation period, meaning they have not returned to training and will not feature in the trophy clash.


Alex Whittle is also unable to feature due to playing in the competition for his former club Gloucester City.


Rowe’s Thoughts


“I was managing in their league at the start of the season, so I know them quite well. They are a very strong outfit, organised.


“They have a new stadium as well, which has given them a major uplift. It is going to be a tough challenge especially because we have been in isolation."


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