CHESTERFIELD: Spireites bid to leapfrog rivals

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The bookies expect both Chesterfield and Rotherham United to be up there at the end of the season.

To date, both sides have tasted defeat though Spireites are still to taste the joy of victory this season.

Jack Lester’s last-gasp goal in a 1-1 home draw with Rochdale on Tuesday ensured John Sheridan’s side don’t go into tomorrow’s derby on zero points, indeed they’ll leapfrog Millers in the fledgling table if they end their winless run.

Sheridan will be hoping that Marc Richards shakes off the bumps and bruises he picked up in midweek and he’ll also be hoping that fellow striker Jordan Bowery, who with 13 shots in the two league games to date, will at last manage to score.

Bowery had three efforts hacked off the line against Rochdale and he saw keeper Mark Lillis make a splendid save to concede the corner that Lester scored from.

The two league goals conceded so far, a route one hump up field at Wimbledon and a 30-yard wonder strike, both came from nowhere. Those moments apart, Sam Hird and Neal Trotman have begun to form a decent looking partnership with Terrell Forbes and Nathan Smith supporting well at full-back.

New midfielder Sam Togwell has busied himself, making many tackles and picking up a couple of yellows along the way. The former Barnsley man’s high work ethic will also ensure many opponents are frustrated and his engine room battle with Kari Arnason tomorrow is one of the eagerly awaited head-to-heads.

Craig Westcarr, Craig Clay and Lester all did well after coming off the bench on Tuesday and they’ll be hoping for a start, but Sheridan isn’t expected to tinker with his side too much.