Chesterfield: Strong side for first Spireites friendly

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Chesterfield play their first pre-season game of the campaign at Buxton on Saturday.

It’ll be the Spireites’ first visit to Silverlands since August 1994 when a largely reserve side drew 0-0.

A year before that another second-string Spireites side drew 1-1 while Buxton triumphed 2-0 in 1992 against a visiting line-up that included the likes of Andy Morris, Lee Turnbull, Tony Brien and Lee Rogers.

A 3-0 win in 1991 marks Chesterfield’s last win in Buxton, Steve Williams, Morris and Iain Dunn the scorers.

Manager Paul Cook will select a strong side for the game which is expected to attract more than the 375 spectators that witnessed Chesterfield’s last win there.

Tommy Lee is expected to start in goal with newcomer Aaron Chapman likely to appear after the break.

The back four will almost certainly be Drew Talbot, Sam Hird, Liam Cooper and Nathan Smith unless Cook manages to add to his rearguard ahead of the fixture.

Midfield and up front becomes the biggest guessing game. Will Cook go for four in midfield and two up front? Or one up and one behind? Perhaps he’ll employ his favoured formation of two holding midfielders, three attacking midfielders and one striker. Quality players will have to be patient on the bench as Cook has nine men looking to fill six spots.