Chesterfield: Spireites remain in mid-table

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With only three games played in League Two on Saturday, the Spireites’ league position remained unchanged.

Paul Cook’s side are still in 11th spot, three points off Burton Albion who sit in the final play-off spot having lost to Northampton Town in one of the games played.

Chesterfield’s trip to Torquay was called off on Thursday morning due to a waterlogged pitch; ironically it hardly rained at all after the decision and by kick-off time, it could have been a different story.

United have this fixture and one more to fix into their schedule that has limited slots available for the rearranged game, so Tuesday 19 March or Tuesday 9 April look the two most likely dates.

The lack of a game meant that new signing Richard Brindley was unable to get his first ever taste in a league squad. The 19-year-old, signed until the end of the season from Conference South side Chelmsford City, would have been on the bench.

A right-back, who was with hometown club Norwich City from the age of nine until last summer, though he never made the Canaries’ match day squad, said of the move: “I just said to myself when I was released at Norwich, that I need to play first team football and there were teams that were interested, pro clubs, reserve team wise.

“But for me I thought I was ready to play at a higher level and I wanted to play with mature, experienced players so I took a step backwards and pushed to take a step forward.

He added: “I found it hard taking a step back because a lot of people in the league and out of the league were telling me it’s hard to get back into league football.

“A lot of people that get released end up being stuck in non-league football and obviously having the doubts in your mind, whether you’ll get the chance or not, does play on your mind but I just kept pushing, had faith in myself and it paid off.”

Brindley concluded: “Paul Cook just said that you’re a good player and I deserve a chance and I’m grateful that he has given me the opportunity to show people what I can do and what I have wanted to do for a long time.

“Chesterfield have given me a chance and now all I want to do is progress and do the best that i can.”

Chesterfield host Paul Sturrock’s Southend United next Saturday.