Chesterfield: League Two title to go down to the wire

Spireites boss Paul Cook touchline against Fleetwood by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Fleetwood JPT
Spireites boss Paul Cook touchline against Fleetwood by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Fleetwood JPT
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Chesterfield’s title hopes will go down to the wire tomorrow when they face another in-form team in Fleetwood Town, who boast a 100 per cent record at the Proact Stadium.

Spireites shrugged off the disappointment of a Wembley defeat in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final with an unbeaten April, which has seen them reclaim top spot.

Home draws to Newport County and Exeter City have been outweighed by wins on the road at Hartlepool United, Dagenham and Redbridge and Burton Albion.

The form has seen Chesterfield secure promotion to League One and saw manager Paul Cook shortlisted for the League Two Manager of the Month award.

Cook was nominated alongside Southend United’s Phil Brown, who led his side into the play-offs and a 3-0 win at promoted Rochdale; Andy Awford, who had taken 13 points from 15 games in April, to take Portsmouth into the comforts of mid-table; and Northampton Town’s Chris Wilder, who has dragged a side destined for relegation outside the drop zone, ahead of the last day of the season on Saturday.

Cook won the award in August, in another unbeaten month for Spireites as they made a flying start to the season, but was pipped by Awford’s heroics this time around.

Saturday’s visitors to the Proact Stadium, Fleetwood, have enjoyed an unbeaten April too with three wins and two draws collected by Graham Alexander’s side.

Fleetwood, one of the bookies favourites for promotion at the start of the season, will compete in the play-offs as they look to join Chesterfield in League One next term.

Alexander’s side got the upper hand when the two sides went head-to-head last time around at the Proact in the JPT thanks to Jon Parkin’s 90th-minute winner.

And it was another late, late goal which decided the contest last season when, locked at one apiece, a Chris Atkinson own goal gave Fleetwood a 2-1 win.