Spireites want more cup fun

Waiting game: Tope Obadeyi doesn't yet have permission to play
Waiting game: Tope Obadeyi doesn't yet have permission to play
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John Sheridan will be hoping his side can make it through a second cup competition in four days.

Following on from Spireites exciting 4-3 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday, Torquay United visit the B2net in the FA Cup.

With £18,000 at stake for first round winners, any progress in this competition quickly racks up valuable funds. A home draw against a lower ranked club is all any manager wants at this stage of the competition, so The Gulls fit that bill perfectly.

However, Martin Ling’s League Two side have hit a rich seam of form of late. Their 3-0 win at Crewe Alexandra last weekend was their third straight win with a goal difference of nine scored to three clean sheets.

Former Spireite Ian Morris will be hoping to feature after appearing for the reserves in a 3-2 loss against Brighton.

The Irishman is back in contention after a knee injury.

Lee Mansell and Rene Howe, with seven goals each, are Gulls’ danger men but Chesterfield’s own Jordan Bowery could be the man to watch. He’s bagged four goals in his last two games to take his career tally to nine. Sheridan said: “He’s just got to believe in himself, (as a striker) you get judged on your goals, he’s a young lad that’s learning the game, he’s got lots and lots to learn, but it’s more about himself. He’s got to believe in himself a bit more because he knows that I believe in him. If he does that, he’ll be a better player.”

Sheridan is awaiting permission as to whether he can play new loan signing from Bolton, Tope Obadeyi, in the cup and similar permission is also being sought from Swindon for Leon Clarke, though the eight goal striker will have to shake off an ankle injury first.

Drew Talbot, stretchered off with slight concussion on Wednesday, is expected to get the all clear to play and Mark Randall (back) could be available for a recall.