Chesterfield: Spireites told to focus on promotion push

Chesterfield v Northampton........Spirites Drew Talbot goes past Towns Stuart Dallas
Chesterfield v Northampton........Spirites Drew Talbot goes past Towns Stuart Dallas
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Chesterfield FC travel to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday for the first of two back-to-back away games for the League Two leaders against sides in the bottom half of the table.

The Spireites follow up a visit to Adams Park to take on Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys, currently 22nd in the table, with a trip to Cheltenham Town, who sit in 16th prior to Saturday.

It may be seen as a good opportunity to collect a maximum six points from two games to stay ahead of their rivals in the pursuit of the title, after results went their way on Tuesday night.

Promotion rivals Oxford United lost away at Newport County, Rochdale and Burton Albion drew and Southend United were held at home by play-off chasing Hartlepool United.

It leaves Chesterfield three points clear of Scunthorpe United at the top of the division.

Paul Cook’s Spireites are the in-form side in League Two with four wins and two draws from their last six.

They will also be buoyed by their consistency this season against teams in the bottom half of the table, with 12 wins, two draws and two defeats from 16 fixtures so far.

Chesterfield will be in confident mood after their midweek success where they claimed a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final date on March 30 at Wembley against Peterborough United.

Club captain Ian Evatt has spoken since about the importance of remaining focused on their promotion ambitions. He said: “It’s at the back of our minds now.

“It’s a great achievement to get there but our main aim this season is to win this league. This group of players is so focused on getting this team to where it needs to be.

“We wanted to reach Wembley and we wanted to get promotion. We’ve done the first thing and we’re top of the table so we just have to maintain that.”

The Spireites’ only injury concern ahead of the weekend is Drew Talbot, who suffered a recurrence of an abductor injury.

The right-back missed the defeat of Torquay United last Saturday and went to see a specialist on Monday in an attempt to get to the bottom of the problem.

He sat out Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area final second leg and is awaiting the results of a scan he had on Wednesday afternoon.

While keeper Aaron Chapman has been given a boost after scans revealed no break in his hand. The Chesterfield man is on loan at Chester FC and sustained an injury in the second half of his debut against FC Halifax Town.