Aiming for a kick-start

Chesterfield FC's Danny Whitaker, who scored two goals at Rochdale, pictured at Spotland
Chesterfield FC's Danny Whitaker, who scored two goals at Rochdale, pictured at Spotland
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Chesterfield FC will be looking to kick-start their season when Stevenage visit the B2net Stadium on Saturday after their opening two games ended in defeat.

And manager John Sheridan, who is still trying to beef up his front division, said he had come close to adding fresh blood to the first-team ranks but had been let down.

He said that two unnamed players who had agreed to come to Chesterfield had gone back on their word and pulled out at the last minute .

But there is still an outside chance that a new signing could be made in time for this weekend’s clash.

Meanwhile, Danny Whitaker goals put the Spireites ahead and gave them a 2-1 extra-time Carling Cup lead at Rochdale on Tuesday.

But they were unable to hold on and dipped out of the competition’s first round, for the fifth time in as many years. Sheridan was pleased with the display at Spotland but crestfallen that his team slipped to a 3-2 defeat.

He said: “It was a disappointing result, the performance was a good one against a good footballing side.

“Both teams could have scored more goals but I felt at 2-1 we took control of the game but then we were so naïve with some of the things we did.

“Their second goal was just bad defending, people not getting in position quick enough after working hard and keeping them quite quiet.”

Rochdale levelled for the second time when captain Dwayne Mattis unfortunately turned a cross into his own net before Ashley Grimes, who netted Dale’s first goal, tucked in the winner with four minutes of extra-time remaining.

At Prenton Park on Saturday, the deciding goal came from Robbie Weir in the 74th minute which again left Sheridan feeling disappointed.

He said: “I don’t like losing any game. I was very comfortable leading up to the goal, I didn’t see that we were in any danger and it looked like a draw, all over.

“Unfortunately, we had a great opportunity just before they scored, Jack should have scored, but that’s life. They went up the other end and we went to sleep from a throw in, which has annoyed me more than anything else because people just switched off.

“The ball was out of play and people haven’t organised and reacted quickly enough. We’re playing against better players and better teams and we got punished. It was a schoolboy error that should have never happened.”

Everyone connected with the Spireites will be hoping for improved fortunes on Saturday and as a good-sized crowd is expected, supporters have been advised to buy their tickets well in advance in order to avoid congestion at the B2net.

Tickets, or uploads to the new Loyalty SmartCards, can be purchased in person or over the telephone on the ticket line (01246) 488232.

As usual there is late night opening of the ticket office and club superstore on the Friday night preceding a Saturday match until 7pm.

Blues bosses are also keen that those who travel by car ensure that the football club’s neighbours around the stadium are not inconvenienced and that everyone parks thoughtfully.

There are still 80 spaces remaining to be sold at £140 for the season at the Fitness First gym, opposite the ground.

Meanwhile, Preston North End visit north Derbyshire on Tuesday for a League One showdown, kick off at 7.45pm.

For updates, visit the Derbyshire Times website at www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk.