Promotion could be clinched by Chesterfield tomorrow, but to ensure thatthey will have to beat Macclesfield Town and hope Shrewsbury drop points in their home game with Stockport County.
But beating the Silkmen isn’t straightforward. Chesterfield have won just one of the last nine meetings between the sides, a 4-1 home win last season.
Gary Simpson’s side are no pushovers on the road. More than half of their points tally has been earned in away games and their travelling scalps this term include wins at contenders Wycombe Wanderers and Torquay United.
Assistant Manager Glyn Chamberlain, Chesterfield born and an ex-Spireites midfielder, has been a regular visitor to the B2net this season so will know better than most what to expect and a packed midfield is a near certainty for the visitors’ formation.
John Sheridan will be demanding a massive upturn in performance following the poor 3-0 defeat at Hereford United last weekend.
Midfielder Mark Allott is most likely to come in for the injured defender Gregor Robertson (ruptured achilles). If that’s the case, Dwayne Mattis will switch from the engine-room to the heart of the back four.
The Spireites haven’t lost consecutive league games all season and they’ve not failed to score in back to back games either.
Chesterfield loan man Dan Gray is available for Macclesfield, but he was only on the bench for last Friday’s 2-2 draw against Accrington. The visitors will be without defender Carl Tremarco, who picked up two yellows in that game.