Spireites assistant manager Leam Richardson was delighted with Chesterfield’s 5-1 win at Conference side Alfreton Town.
Richardson said of the defeat of Nicky Law’s side: “It was a good run out, it was pleasing to get a few goals and they were well deserved. But it’s all about August 9 and Leyton Orient but overall it was a great session.”
While a striker or two remain at the top of Paul Cook’s shopping list, big Armand Gnanduillet gave him food for thought, bagging a first half hat-trick on Tuesday.
Cook’s assistant said: “We’ve been doing a lot of work with Armand and it’s good to see the lad grow in stature and confidence and if he improves at the rate we think he’s capable of he’ll have a bright future. We also had some solid team shape and scored some good goals.”
Jay O’Shea was withdrawn early after teeing up Gnanduillet’s second goal but Richardson confirmed it was merely precautionary: “He felt his hip was a little tight, he should be OK in a couple of days,”
Liam Cooper was missing from the trip to the Impact Arena, as was keeper Tommy Lee and Richardson added: “If it had been a league game, he’d have been available. Tommy had an injection at the start of the week so, fingers crossed, he’ll be available for Saturday at Lincoln.”
Two late numberless subs for Chesterfield turned out to be two 16-year-old first year trainees. Sheffield born pair Martell Daswell (midfield) and striker Curtis Morrison both looked promising during the 20+ minutes they were on the park whilst trialist Nicky Featherstone again looked more than capable of holding his own in the centre of midfield.
Cook will be hoping that this week’s Board Meeting will give him the green light to strengthen his squad with Michael Higdon still being the manager’s first choice striker.