Spireites play safe with defensive duo

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CHESTERFIELD are unlikely to risk defenders Scott Griffiths (hamstring) and Simon Ford (calf) for the trip to Hereford tomorrow.

Both men have returned to training this week but are more likely to come into contention for the Macclesfield game in eight days.

Fellow back man Dwayne Mattis made his return after injury in last weekend’s win over Port Vale but was taken off before the game’s conclusion. However, that was down to a lack of match fitness rather than an aggravation to his injury and he’s set to start at Edgar Street.

With Jack Lester set to be a sub, competition to take his place in the final run-in is immense with several players in contention to step up, though winger Kieran Djilali looks favourite. Whoever comes in will play in midfield, with Deane Smalley set to join Craig Davies in attack.

Hereford, who drew with Wycombe in midweek to ease their fears of relegation, have been dealt a blow after being docked three points for fielding an ineligible player, Rob Purdie.

That deduction leaves them five points ahead of the drop zone.

Ex-Spireite Janos Kovacs has been on the bench for Jamie Pitman’s side, and his colleagues’ midweek shutout means he looks likely to be on the sidelines again.