Milestone comes too early for Lester!

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Jack Lester’s late substitute appearance at Barnet took him to his 500th career league appearance.

However, his Chesterfield manager John Sheridan admitted he was reluctant to bring him on at Underhill.

He said: “I was hoping not to bring him on because I knew what the occasion was. I’d have preferred him to have got there at home, the fans would have been there, but I’m sure they will respect him. You don’t call a few minutes an appearance do you? We’ll just ignore this one and pretend it’s 500 next week!”

Port Vale are the weekend’s travellers to the B2net. They host Lincoln City tonight from a position as low as ninth but Sheridan expects a tough encounter: “They have a new manager, they are a strong team, one of the fancied sides in the division and one of the better teams in my eyes.

“They’re big, strong and a good outfit, we’ve got to take the game to them. We’re in a good position and we’ve got to go into that game looking to win it now.”

The maths won’t make it possible for Chesterfield to clinch promotion this weekend.

Rotherham’s game at home to Shrewsbury tonight will take points from at least one of the two teams outside the top three that are best placed - although it’s a remote possibility, to catch the leaders.

A Spireites win over Vale will take them to 78 points with other clubs certain to be able to reach at least 79 even if results go in Chesterfield’s favour on Saturday.

That means it will be Hereford away, or, more likely, Macclesfield at home, when the maths finally becomes irrelevant.