With four days to go before Spireites’ vital home game with Gillingham, manager John Sheridan praised his squad for their efforts in the goalless draw at Torquay.
He drafted in two replacements there, Simon Ford and Derek Niven, and he said: “Fordy came in and did really well. He’d not really trained much and I think the pace got to him a bit in the last 10 minutes. Derek hurt his ankle in a block tackle, he jarred it a bit, it must be quite bad as he’s not the type to come off.”
Niven faces a battle to get fit for the game which, if Chesterfield draw or win, they’ll be crowned League Two Champions. Indeed they could also finish top of the tree with a defeat, providing second placed Bury don’t win at play-off chasing Stevenage. Not since 1936 has a Chesterfield team wrapped up any Championship at home, so with what looks set to be another full house really, supporters have the chance to witness some history to end a fantastic first season at the B2net Stadium.
Gills, one place off the play-off zone, need to win and that won’t guarantee a season extension, though a quirky set of results could see them finish in the top 7 with a draw.
Andy Hessenthaler looks like being without influential raider Andy Barcham (groin) and defender Barry Fuller who was stretchered off after a heavy challenge in their 4-2 home loss against Macclesfield Town.
Despite a drop in form of late, Gills are unbeaten on the road in four months, indeed they’ve only lost one away game since the end of October, so it’s no foregone conclusion that the silverware will be in the new stadium’s trophy cabinet by Saturday night.