Sheridan’s men look to crank up pressure

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CHESTERFIELD head to play-off chasing Torquay United tonight desperate to pick up the win that will heap pressure on second -laced Bury in the title race.

Just four points in the last four games, including Shakers’ 3-2 win at the B2net on Easter Monday, has allowed the Gigg Lane side, who’ve won their last six games, to close the gap on Chesterfield to two points.

A win at Plainmoor will mean Bury will have to gain maximum points in both of their remaining games to retain a chance of the League Two title. They host fourth-placed Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow before a trip to Stevenage a week later.

Spireites boss John Sheridan will be without Dean Morgan, who picked up a thigh injury against Bury, but the rest of the squad from that game are fit.

Defender Simon Ford could be set to return to the line up that has failed to score in the last two away games. He has missed 13 games since limping off at Lincoln City with a calf injury.

Derek Niven, Kieran Djilali and Ian Breckin are also pressing for starts.

Torquay, who dropped out of the play-off zone after drawing 3-3 at Burton Albion on Easter Monday, were the team that ensured Spireites were promoted on Good Friday when they held Wycombe to a goalless draw.

Like Bury, they have a number of quick raiders who will make life tricky for Spireites’ back four.

Ticket sales for the home sections of Plainmoor have been strong and when added to the 1,100 travelling fans, it looks set to be United’s biggest home gate of the season and with much at stake for both sides, the atmosphere promises to be electric.

Torquay boss Paul Buckle said: “It doesn’t matter what’s gone before – this is a one-off game. The players can’t wait for the match to come, especially the older lads who have been through it before. Let’s bring it on.

“Accrington, Stevenage, Gillingham, ourselves – we’re all in the same boat now.”