Spireites boosted by return of goal ace

JACK Lester - Spireites' 17-goal leading scorer - is back tomorrow after missing the 2-1 home defeat against his first club, Grimsby Town, through suspension.

It was the fourth match Lester has missed this term and his colleagues have managed to notch up just one point in his absence.

His return to the line up means Steve Fletcher is favourite to step aside, though Lee Richardson is unlikely to make any other changes.

New loan signings, 18-year- old Nottingham Forest defender Brendan Moloney and Manchester United winger Michael Barnes are likely to be on the bench.

Moloney, who's started a couple of games for Forest this season as well as making a sub appearance last term, is an Irish Under-19 International who's come through the City Ground ranks. His best position is in the centre of defence but he can also play at full back.

His recruitment, for a month, gives cover while Phil Picken (hand) and Kevin Gray (hamstring) recover. They're set to be out for two more weeks.

Midfielder Jamie Winter showed signs of a hamstring problem last week but he's recovered and is expected to be fit.

Brentford will be formally managed at home for the first time by ex-Blades man Andy Scott. He's enjoyed a good run as caretaker but has only been the permanent incumbent for one game, last week's away triumph at Shrewsbury. The one time Chesterfield loan player who took over from Terry Butcher has seen the Bees win their last three games.

Scott has lost a number of players this week. In addition to injured striker Lee Thorpe, defender John Mackie, middle man Charlie Ide and keeper Simon Brown are all doubtful. Add to that quartet Sam Tillen has been released and three men have gone back home after loans - Sam Moore (Ipswich), Emile Sinclair (Forest) and Sheffield United man Ben Starosta.

With no wins in the last nine trips to Griffin Park, it looks a tough task for Chesterfield.


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