It’s a blank day for Spireites tomorrow as they prepare for Monday’s trip into the unknown.
FC United of Manchester are preparing to host Dean Saunders’ side in a televised first round tie, the home club’s supporters looking ever more likely to make some sort of protest at the fixture not being on Saturday afternoon.
United are fundamentally of the view football is for the fans and not a play-thing for television executives. As a result many fans are set to remain outside the ground during the first half and only enter after the break.
Experienced Spireite Drew Talbot knows it could be a tricky tie.
He said: “You are wary of it; they’re in the Conference North and they’ve got a good team.
“We’ve got a couple of lads who have come from there and they’ve said that they like to play football, which will suit us.
“The pressure’s going to be on us. It’s on TV, but if we go and play our game we’re confident that we can get a result. But it is the FA Cup, so you never know what’s going to happen.
“We’re going to have to be on our game but it’ll be good to cap off our league form with a win going into the next couple of weeks.”
He added: “I just think that we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves. We don’t know as much about their players as we do about league teams but they’ve had a good couple of seasons and we’ll be preparing just as we would for a league game.
“With it being on TV as well there’s more pressure with everyone watching us and hoping for a scalp. It’s up to us to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Spireites will be without long term injury victim Angel Martinez but the rest of the squad is fit and available and competition for a starting berth will be strong.