CHESTERFIELD: Into the unknown for the Spireites

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Chesterfield go into unchartered territory tomorrow to kick off their League Two campaign.

They travel to Kingsmeadow to play AFC Wimbledon for the first time. Terry Brown’s side debuted in League Two last season having only been formed 10 years ago when the authorities allowed the old Wimbledon to relocate to Milton Keynes.

Ten years before that, Wimbledon’s assistant manager Stuart Cash was part of Chris McMenemy’s Chesterfield side that went to Anfield and led Liverpool 3-0 and 4-2 in the League Cup before succumbing to a 4-4 draw.

Spireites boss John Sheridan criticised his team after their Capital One Cup defeat at home to Tranmere Rovers. He hopes skipper Sam Hird shakes off the calf injury he picked up in that game and that fellow defenders Neal Trotman and Nathan Smith have recovered well after playing the full 120 minutes despite missing chunks of pre-season. Both men looked exhausted at the end of the game.

Midfielder Mark Randall and striker Jordan Bowery will be hoping for starts after being on the bench against Rovers.

Wimbledon lost 3-1 at Stevenage on Tuesday but in Jack Midson up front, they’ll cause plenty of problems for Chesterfield’s defence. Brown has strengthened his own defence this summer. Brentford’s Pim Balkestein and Bournemouth’s Warren Cummings have made the move to give the back line a solid look.