Ward solo role - no recruits for Spireites

CHESTERFIELD'S recruitment drive head of tomorrow's lunchtime meeting with Grimsby Town at Blundell Park has failed.

With star striker Jack Lester out for the match against his first pro club with a thigh injury, Jamie Ward looks set to play on his own up front. Manager Lee Richardson is likely to select Jamie Lowry and Darren Currie to support the striker in a 4-3-2-1 formation.

Derek Niven looks set to be included with Aaron Downes making a strong claim for his first start of the season in defence.

He could oust either centre back Kevin Austin or right back Phil Picken.

Richardson confirmed he had delved into the transfer market without success. "It's not for the lack of trying," he said.

"We did try but unfortunately the players that we wanted, for whatever reason, were not available.

"We tried with three or four but came up blank," he said.

"It's one of those things that's not something to dwell on because we've got to look at the game and concentrate on that and work out how we're going to play at Grimsby. I don't just want to go out and get anybody.

"We've enough new faces as it is at the moment that's not to say I don't want any more new faces, but at the right time and I don't think that it's the right time at the moment."

Grimsby were 4-0 losers at Brentford last week and have been trying to sign a striker this week, without luck to date. Manager Alan Buckley, like his Chesterfield counterpart, identified his man but was rebuffed by the unnamed player's current employers.

Chesterfield are looking to bounce back after their 3-1 home defeat to Bury.

"Both teams will be sore from last week's inadequacies, from our point of view, we were shell-shocked after the game," Richardson reckoned. "None if us saw it coming and it was as bad a start to your home season as you can get."

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