CHESTERFIELD: Spireites clash with old boys

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Torquay United visit the Proact this weekend with two ex-Spireites in their ranks.

Central defender Aaron Downes, who suffered three years of injury hell at Chesterfield, has established himself as a favourite at Plainmoor.

Midfielder Ian Morris, who had a couple of loan spells from Scunthorpe United including a season’s spell in Chesterfield’s 2010-11 Championship season, has also become established in Martin Ling’s line-up.

Last season, as he did at Chesterfield, he played wide left for the Gulls, but this term he’s been selected in the middle and he’s been instrumental in United’s decent start.

Striker Rene Howe has provided Torquay’s firepower. He’s bagged five goals so far, including one each in the last two games.

Howe has a habit of scoring against Chesterfield. He grabbed a goal in United’s 3-1 FA Cup win last season and in two games for Morecambe against the Spireites he was also on target.

Former Owls youngster Kevin Nicholson, now 31, long-serving Lee Mansell and Scot Craig Easton are experienced operators in a side that’s changed only gradually over the last couple of seasons, hence they play together very well as a team.

Chesterfield will be hoping to bring in at least one new face ahead of the game to fill the gaps left by strikers Jordan Bowery, now at Aston Villa, and the injured Marc Richards.

Chesterfield’s reserves made it three wins from three games with a 1-0 win at Oldham, Jacob Hazel scoring the goal.