Richardson's men ready for tricky opener

CHESTERFIELD open up their challenge for honours in League Two with a tricky looking trip to new-look Chester City.

Chester boss Bobby William-son, the ex-Rotherham United midfielder, has brought in eight new faces including Ritchie Partridge from Millmoor and Mark Hughes from Stevenage Borough.

Keeper Gavin Ward, defender Paul Butler, midfielders Kevin Ellison and Tony Grant and strikers Nathan Lowndes and John Murphy complete the summer signings.

Saltergate boss Lee Richard son says that his new-look side has goals in it.

"We've got players that can score goals and create chances, which is a bonus from last season when we looked a little bit blunt at times," he stressed.

Chesterfield were beaten 2-1 at York City in last Saturday's final first team friendly.

Said Richardson: "If we're going to defend as shoddily as we did at times and overall lack the kind of tenacity and endeavour that we'll definitely need in League Two, we won't find it as easy as some people think."

Only utility player Gareth Davies will be missing from the 21 man squad. He has a broken toe and is likely to be out for at least another month.

Barry Roche, fully recovered from tonsillitis, is certain to start in goal while Aaron Downes and Gregor Robertson will be present in the back four, though whether Phil Picken or Jamie Lowry will be right back and will it be fit again Kevin Gray or in form Janos Kovacs that will partner Downes at the heart of the rearguard are questions Richardson will resolve.

Derek Niven, Jamie Winter and Adam Smith are favourites to play in midfield with Picken or Peter Leven likely to make up the quartet.

Star of pre-season Jack Lester will be upfront, almost certainly with Steve Fletcher, meaning Jamie Ward is likely to be on the bench.