DOUBLE

fp91155 Chesterfield v Coventry. Dean Morgan
fp91155 Chesterfield v Coventry. Dean Morgan

Dean Morgan, who has scored three goals in friendly games, has set himself a target for the 2011/12 season.

The Blues No 17, who found the net in the 3-1 win at Matlock and hit a spectacular double in the 2-2 draw with Coventry, is aiming to hit double figures for Chesterfield FC in League One.

He said: “Craig Davies scored 25 times last year and if I can get half of that I will be happy.’’

Morgan, who can play either up front or on the wing, was plagued by injury last season which limited him to 20 starts and just three goals.

But now he wants a regular place in the starting line-up.

He said: “The pre-season games are a test and everyone is playing for a shirt, fighting for it. It is hard but I am trying to play well and make an impact from start to finish.

“Against Coventry, I was just trying to create something out of nothing, just trying to create an opportunity for myself.’’

The early weeks of the pre-season involve players building up their fitness levels but the 27-year-old player believes the emphasis has changed as the big kick-off looms ever closer.

He said: “The last ten days are all about getting with the team and looking towards the kick-off at Tranmere.’’

Manager John Sheridan was happy with the performance of his players against Coventry which ended in a 2-2 draw.

He said: “They made us work hard and we competed very well. It was what I wanted. I was pleased Deano scored the goals,’’ he said.

Veteran striker Jack Lester was absent on Tuesday with a virus but winger Rohan Ricketts – who has played for a host of clubs including with Arsenal, Spurs, Wolves and Barnsley – had a trial game.

Sheridan said: “He did alright and we’ll have another look at him on Saturday.’’

Championship side Hull City – who have beaten mighty Liverpool in a pre-season friendly – are Saturday’s visitors when kick off will be a 3pm.

The Chesterfield manager has cut loose two trailists who have been training with the first-team squad for the last two weeks.

He has decided not to pursue his interest in Lloyd Saxton and Danny Pilkington.

Saxton, formerly a goalkeeper with Bradford City and ex-Stockport striker Pilkington – who have both been involved in Chesterfield’s pre-season friendlies – will now have to look elsewhere if they continue their professional football careers.

Sheridan said: “We have decided not to pursue our interest in the two lads. Both players acquitted themselves well and we wish them all the best for the future.”

Meanwhile, supporters have been issued a reminder to turn up in plenty of time for Saturday’s match against the Tigers.

There were lengthy queues at the ticket office on Tuesday evening and fans have been advised not to leave their arrival to the last minute.

Entry on Saturday after 1pm is by cash only, so fans will have to queue.

Coventry match report: page 98.