WITH the finishing line in sight, Chesterfield will be hoping to take a massive step forward, and so much closer to their promotion dreams, in Friday night’s big clash against Rotherham United.
The calculators have been out across Chesterfield and victory over Ronnie Moore’s side would, realistically, leave Chesterfield needing only perhaps a couple more wins, possibly even only one, to make the step up to League One.
Some rivals below still having to play each other, for example, fifth-placed Shrewsbury Town host third-placed Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday and with points guaranteed to be dropped by at least one of those chasers, a derby triumph for John Sheridan’s men would leave them on the fringe of glory.
A win would take the Spireites to 74 points and leave Port Vale (next visitors to the B2net), currently on 55 with 11 games left, the team outside the top three capable of reaching the highest points. If two points a game average return is Championship-winning form, Vale are likely to finish at no better than the 77 mark.
Millers boss Moore said before his side’s weekend draw with Bury that he felt 20 more points would see Millers make the top three. One in the bag means he feels that 75 could be the mark, which is just one more than Chesterfield will have amassed if they beat the Millers in the televised clash on Friday.
With no new injuries to report after the rare defeat at Crewe, the Spireites’ squad looks very strong with Dwayne Mattis, Mark Allott, Ian Breckin and Scott Griffiths all vying for a start after missing out at Gresty Road.