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Chesterfield FC’s derby showdown with near neighbours Rotherham United is to be screened live on Sky Sports.

As a result, the League Two clash has been brought forward a day and will now kick off at 7.45pm on Friday, March 18.

Meanwhile, Table-toppers Chesterfield FC host giant-killers Stevenage at the B2net on Saturday.

The Boro have been celebrating after defeating Premier League big shots Newcastle United 3-1 in the FA Cup third round last weekend.

But they will have to come down to earth for Saturday’s clash when everyone connected with the League Two leaders will be hoping it will be a case of ‘after they lord mayor’s show’ for the Hertfordshire side.

The Spireites kept up their hot pace at the head of the table with a 3-2 win at Southend on Saturday.

Promotion rivals Rotherham could have closed the gap considerably when they met lowly Stockport on Tuesday but it took two late Millers goals for the Don Valley side to earn a 3-3 draw, which left Chesterfield with a four-point cushion at the top.

Chesterfield stormed into an early 2-0 lead at Roots Hall before the Shrimpers fought back. However, Chesterfield banked the points as they completed their first double of the season.

John Sheridan said: “We made it a bit difficult toward the end, it was a bit of a twitchy bum time, but I was very comfortable after we got a two-goal lead though I’m disappointed with the goals we conceded.

“Other than the final ten minutes I thought it was a really good away display.’’

Lethal marksman Jack Lester was a substitute for the match as was frontman Jordan Bowery and midfielder Derek Niven.

The Blues manager said: “With the team selection, I just wanted to try and freshen things up a bit. I wasn’t dropping anyone, it was a case of resting one or two and putting one or two in who might liven things up a bit and luckily it did and Deane Smalley played really well.”

Meanwhile, Chesterfield have drawn Derby County in the quarter-final of the Derbyshire Senior Cup. The Spireites booked their ticket by beating Mickleover 4-0 in the third round while the Rams went through courtesy of a 14-1 verdict over Shirebrook.

The clash will be staged at the B2net Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, kicking off at 2pm.