Spireites’ promotion almost here

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Whilst all B2net eyes will be on Spireites in their home game against Macclesfield Town on Saturday, there’s a match elsewhere that will also have fans engrossed.

There will be plenty of ears tuned in to radios and phones refreshing latest score pages to keep tabs on Shrewsbury Town versus Stockport County.

For if John Sheridan’s men beat the Silkmen, Chesterfield fans will be desperate to find out if rock-bottom County can nick something from the Greenhous Meadow. If they do, promotion will be gained on home soil for the first time since the 1930s.

Fourth placed Shrews can get to 81 points if they win their remaining five games, failing to beat Stockport will reduce that haul to a maximum of 79. Spireites currently sit with 78 points, so a win over Macclesfield would do it.

The trouble is, the relegation threatened Edgeley Park side have lost every away game in 2011. Spireites’ optimists will say they are due some away success after a run of nine travelling blanks that started on New Years Day when Jack Lester’s hat-trick was instrumental in a 4-1 Chesterfield victory.

If results don’t go Chesterfield’s way, it looks odds-on that the maths will work in their favour a week later at Oxford United, meaning the club would more than likely again fail to clinch the step up in front of their own fans for the first time since beating Hartlepool United in 1936 to clinch the Third Division North’s only promotion spot.