BOWERY ON THE BRINK!

Chesterfield FC Jordan Bowery
Chesterfield FC Jordan Bowery

Jordan Bowery could be on the brink of a breakthrough season.

The 20-year-old striker has looked extremely sharp in Chesterfield FC’s opening two pre-season games and may be about to blossom as the Spireites prepare to kick off in League One.

B2net assistant boss Tommy Wright believes the time could be right for Bowery to prove his mettle.

Wright praised the Nottingham-born front man and believes he is at the stage in his career where he needs to be pushing for regular place in the starting line-up.

He said: “In the first two games, he has done well. He’s not a young boy any more but he has a lot of potential. We’ve known that since we came to the club.’’

The 6ft 1in forward made his debut in 2008 and has since made 40 appearances for Chesterfield, mostly from the substitutes’ bench.

He displays tremendous athleticism but has so far netted only one league goal, in the 2-2 home draw with Bradford City last season.

In the 4-1 victory at Blue Square Bet North champions Alfreton Town, Bowery scored twice and he also looked bright in the 3-1 victory over Matlock Town when the Blues retained the Banner Jones Trophy.

Wright thought the pre-season build-up had gone as planned. “We’ve moved the ball well and the players have been looking quite sharp,’’ he said.

In addition to Bowery’s double, the opening goal at the Impact Arena came from Danny Pilkington, 21, the former Stockport midfielder who is currently on trial with Chesterfield.

The other goals at Causeway Lane came from Dean Morgan and new signing Nathan Smith who has moved to the B2net from Yeovil Town.

Another positive aspect was the re-emergence Aaron Downes who played a part in both games.

The Australian-born defenderhas recovered from a knee injury which kept him sidelined for 18 months and has come through without any problems.

And the warm-up games continue to come thick and fast as manager John Sheridan prepares the League Two champions for life in League One.

A Chesterfield XI side were scheduled to play at Staveley Miners Welfare on Wednesday evening while on Saturday, the Spireites travel into Cheshire to meet Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose.

Next week, the pre-season action moves to the B2net Stadium.

On Tuesday, the Spireites will face an interesting challenge when Championship outfit Coventry City visit north Derbyshire. Kick off is at 7.45pm.

The clash against the Ricoh Arena side will provide the perfect prelude for Chesterfield’s second warm-up game at their Whittington Moor home which comes on Saturday, July, 30, when another Championship outfit - Hull City - are the visitors.

Meanwhile, Wright acknowledged that the club is still trying to sign three or four additional players before the big kick off on Saturday, August 6.

Alfreton and Matlock match reports: page 88.

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