CHESTERFIELD: Spireites need repeat of Yeovil feat to keep survival hopes alive

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CHESTERFIELD need to win at Yeovil Town on Saturday to keep their slender hopes of League One survival alive.

The two teams have met only five times in league football with Chesterfield winning just once, ironically at Huish Park.

A repeat of that 2005 come-from-behind 3-1 victory is vital.

Walsall host Huddersfield Town in one of the other vital games. The Saddlers have a less-than-decent history against the play-off side.

Just seven wins in 33 encounters shows history is in favour of a result that will be necessary for John Sheridan’s men.

Leyton Orient travel to Hartlepool with 17 wins to 15 in this fixture in their favour, two of them in their last three visits to Victoria Park.

Spireites chief excutive Chris Turner, formerly a Hartlepool executive and manager, has said he will be speaking to old friends there to ensure they give everything to help Chesterfield’s cause.

He is also an ex-Orient manager but there is less likely to be any contact with the side he left in 1995.

Two wins in their final two games coupled with Walsall and Orient gathering no more than a single point each will see Spireites overhaul their two rivals, but they would also need Wycombe to fail to win one of their games - at home to Notts County and at Hillsborough. Few would expect them to win both.

Centre-half Simon Ford (cut eye) and left-back Liam Ridehalgh, who was struggling towards the end of the weekend win over Rochdale, are the Spireites’ main concerns.