Chesterfield: Spireites trio pass Cup test

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Chesterfield came through Tuesday night’s Derbyshire Senior Cup match unscathed, said assistant manager Leam Richardson.

The Spireites used the third round tie to give a handful of players much-needed game time ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bury in League Two.

Jimmy Ryan and Nathan Smith started the game following their recent return from injuries and played the full 90 minutes. Sam Morsy also started and got 60 minutes under his belt.

Chesterfield comfortably advanced through to the quarter finals of the competition with a 7-0 win over Long Eaton United.

Richardson said: “Individually, the lads needed minutes for various reasons. Everyone came through it. It was a good opportunity for us.

“Hopefully we’ll have a productive week leading up to Bury at the weekend.”

Gary Roberts, who has recovered from a hamstring injury, which ruled him out for a month, picked up a dead leg in training.

But Richardson was hopeful he would be available in time to face Bury, who are one of the league’s in-form sides since former Barnsley manager David Flitcroft took over the hot seat.

The Shakers, who have collected nine points from their last six in the league - the same as Chesterfield, have been boosted by the announcement Daniel Nardiello will remain at the club for the rest of the season on loan from Rotherham United.

The former Manchester United youngster has scored five in nine for Bury.

Chesterfield’s trip to Northampton Town, which was postponed on New Year’s Day due to a waterlogged pitch, has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 25.

The Spireites were due to play Rochdale but Keith Hill’s side have a FA Cup fourth round tie with Hull City.