Spireites leading scorer Craig Davies will be hoping to reach the 25 goal mark against the club that gave him his first senior appearance.
The 25-year-old had been a youngster at Shrewsbury Town and Manchester City before joining Oxford United in 2004. He made a number of sub appearances for the U’s before his first start, against Cambridge United and he marked that with a goal. It came just days after Argentinian Ramon Diaz had been appointed manager at Oxford and it was his contacts in Italy that led to Davies moving there to play, unsuccessfully as it happens, for Verona.
Only once before this season has the striker reached double figures of goals for a season, playing for John Sheridan at Oldham Athletic when he scored 13 (2007-08) before injury halted his run. Now, with two games in three days, it looks likely that Davies will be alongside someone other than Jack Lester in attack.
Deane Smalley is his most likely partner, moving up from right wing, with Kieran Djilali a likely replacement wideman. It will be Spireites first competitive trip to the Kassam, the last league meeting in 2000 was at the Manor Ground. However a friendly between the sides (2006) saw Chesterfield win 3-1 with goals from Caleb Folan, now with Colorado Rapids, Alan O’Hare and Aaron Downes.
You have to go back to 1980, in Arthur Cox’s last match in charge before leaving for Newcastle United, for Spireites last points bearing win in Oxford. The formality of promotion could be sorted tomorrow - if Wycombe fail to win at Torquay United in their Good Friday fixture, Sheridan’s Spireites will be up.
The Club has missed the chance to get some silverware this week. Dave Bentley’s U18’s lost to Rushden & Diamonds in the final of the Midland Youth Cup despite taking a lead.