Defensive pair back in the frame

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CHESTERFIELD’S Dwayne Mattis came through a midweek reserves game and will be fit enough to start at Crewe tomorrow.

Fellow central defender Ian Breckin also featured in the second string game, won by Sheffield United 3-2, after recovering from illness.

Mattis has missed the last seven games with a calf injury and Breckin has been on the sidelines for three matches, all won, meaning the pair maybe unable to unseat the incumbent back pairing of Dean Holden and Gregor Robertson.

John Sheridan’s side will be forced into defending against Dario Gradi’s free-scoring Crewe Alexandra, though the hosts are not in great shape with just one win in eight.

Mark Allott (ankle), who returned to the side for Tuesday’s win over Northampton Town, came through unscathed and is likely to continue.

Dean Morgan (groin) missed that game but is back in contention whilst Jack Lester is likely to be on the bench. Derek Niven, who had five stitches in a head wound, will be assessed today.

The equivalent fixture at the B2net earlier this season was a real classic. Teenager Craig Clay equalised in stoppage time to earn Chesterfield a point in a 5-5 draw after the home side had trailed 4-1 in the first half.

With two of the main chasers, Rotherham United and Bury, meeting at Don Valley, a positive result for Sheridan’s men will further enhance their position at the top.

The Beer2net Festival opens today at noon. With 50 local brewed beers on show, it’s the stadium’s first ever beer festival. Tomorrow’s opening times are 11am to 11pm, £3 tickets available on the door.