Spireites bid to bridge 35-year gap

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CHESTERFIELD will be hoping for their first win at Hillsborough in 35 years when they visit tomorrow.

Not since a 3-1 win inspired by Malcolm Darling and Rod Fern in March 1976 has any Chesterfield team come out on top in S6.

However, the last four visits have all ended in draws, though Wednesday won out in the end last term with an epic shoot-out victory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Boss John Sheridan has a selection dilemma after a number of his fringe players stepped up to the plate in the midweek win at Notts County, also in the JPT.

Midfielder Mark Randall played his first 90 minutes for the club and put in a fine show, scoring the equaliser before passing to another contender, Dean Morgan, to score just four minutes later.

Defender Aaron Downes won just about everything in the air in that game, making that trio all genuine possibilities for a start tomorrow.

With Nathan Smith away with Jamaica and Lee Johnson suspended after a red card at Meadow Lane, there’s space for two men to break into the first 11. Additionally, Simon Ford’s knee and thigh problems could keep him from returning, so Downes looks a solid bet to start.

Randall looks most likely to replace Johnson so Morgan may have to be satisfied with a place on the bench.

Former Owls frontman Leon Clarke will return up front alongside Craig Westcarr while midfielders Mark Allott and Danny Whitaker are expected to return after being rested on Tuesday. Jonathan Grounds will continue at left-back.