CHESTERFIELD: Spireites bidding for a bright finale

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Spireites will be looking for a winning end to their hugely disappointing season.

Whilst winning silverware at Wembley is always a bonus, relegation straight back to League Two was never on the timeline of Dave Allen’s Five-Year Plan to reach the Championship.

Brentford, themselves bank-rolled by professional gambler Matthew Benham, who is believed to put in £1m a season, will also be disappointed having missed out on the play-offs. They invested heavily in players in Uwe Rosler’s first season but that particular gamble failed to pay off.

The likes of ex-Spireite loanee Jonathan Douglas and summer target of John Sheridan’s Clayton Donaldson won’t have come cheap. Following on from a loss of almost £3.9m last season and £1.2m the season before, without Benham’s assistance, the club would be nowhere near where they are now.

Handsworth put their off field troubles behind them to complete a league and cup double with 4-3 victory over Premier Division Barton Town Old Boys in the Presidents Cup Final last night. Sam Smith was the hero, netting a hat-trick, including the winner in the first period of extra-time with his second penalty of the evening which proved decisive. Substitute Luke Broadbent also got on the scoresheet.

Staveley MW lost 3-0 at home against Scarborough Athletic, while Worsbrough Bridge Athletic went down 3-1 at AFC Emley.