DWAYNE Mattis and Jamie Lowry returned to action in a Chesterfield reserves match at Leeds United.
The pair joined Derek Niven, who’d already played half a game in the reserves, in the starting line-up. Lowry (broken toe) played the full 90 minutes while the other two, both recuperating after ankle injuries, featured for 70 minutes.
While the return of the injured trio was a big step forward, the result was somewhat disappointing. An experienced Leeds side, featuring the likes of Billy Painter and Lloyd Sam, won 5-1 with Jordan Bowery scoring for the Spireites.
It’s unlikely that any of the players will trouble the starting line-up for the weekend home game with Notts County, though boss John Sheridan will be keeping a very close eye on Mattis’s progress in particular and he’s likely to be the first one to break into the team.
Simon Ford and Danny Whitaker, plus Nathan Smith, away with Jamaica this week, all have claims to get a starting spot.
International football returns to the B2net tonight (England U-16s v Northern Ireland 7.35pm).
Local interest centres on Derby County striker Mason Bennett, aged 15, from Shirebrook, who can expect support for his village.