CHESTERFIELD: No new Spireites faces for visit to the Cobblers

Five goals: Jack Lester
Five goals: Jack Lester
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SPIREITES caretaker assistant manager Mark Crossley has indicated it’s unlikely there will be any reinforcements ahead of tomorrow’s game at Northampton Town.

The extent of Marc Richards’ ankle injury is still being assessed but Crossley said, it’ll be “at least four weeks, but knowing Marc, he’ll want to be back in three”.

Danny Whitaker, who’s missed the last two games with a groin injury, trained fully yesterday and will be in the squad that travels down the M1.

Jack Lester, who’s scored five goals this season in the time equivalent of just three games, looks set to start again. “It looks like he’ll have to,” said Crossley, who’s well aware that the 36-year-old needs to be looked after to increase his longevity.

Adie Boothroyd’s Northampton are likely to give Chesterfield a different sort of task to Accrington Stanley, who played some neat football in Spireites’ midweek 4-3 win.

“They’re a bit more direct than Accrington,” the assistant alleged. “They’ll be looking to get the ball forward quickly to Clive Platt or Adebayo Akinfenwa, though they can also play a bit in midfield.”

The Sixfields side has kept three clean sheets in their last four games, something that’s eluded Chesterfield to date this season, with all three of those games being won. In midweek, Akinfenwa scored the only goal in a win at Dagenham & Redbridge, a result that means they’re a point ahead of Chesterfield.

Crossley indicated that the club may have a look at one or two triallists in next week’s reserve fixture, with former Owl Etienne Esajas one of them: “He’s up to three weeks behind in fitness levels but his style of play and the fact that he’s a left sided player means that the fit with what we need looks quite good.”