Chesterfield: Spireites missing trio for pre-season opener

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Ollie Banks, Ritchie Humphreys and Drew Talbot are likely to be missing from Spireites squad for tomorrow’s first pre-season game at Buxton.

Banks and Talbot are still recovering from injuries picked up last season whilst Humphreys is not being risked which means ex-Owl Daniel Jones will get his first club run out at left-back at Silverlands.

Jones, 27, joined the club from Port Vale and remains Paul Cook’s only senior signing this summer, though he’s lost Marc Richards, Nathan Smith, Sam Togwell, Matty Brown and Jamie Devitt, plus loanee Daniel Kearns from his first team squad. Inexperienced duo Charlie Dawes, from Sheffield Wednesday and FC United of Manchester’s Charlie Raglan have also moved in but they’re both still awaiting their league debuts.

Cook’s squad is clearly short on numbers, particularly in attack, but he is struggling to bring in new faces due to financial limits being all but reached. NEC Nijmegen striker Michael Higdon, the manager’s preferred attacking target, looked set to sign yesterday but Cook was unable to get the go-ahead for the deal to be done. He’s still hoping that an agreement can be reached.

Having won the League Two title last season, Cook’s looking to bring in faces to improve the first eleven in particular and the squad in general but, primarily down to lower than budgeted crowds last season plus the summer concerts not generating as much income as hoped for, his resources for the new campaign are severely under pressure.

There are unlikely to be any triallists on display at Buxton, though Accrington keeper Ian Dunbavin may play some part. His Stanley career seemingly over, he’s been training with the club but is only likely to re-join Spireites if rookie Aaron Chapman goes out on loan.

Following the game at Buxton, Spireites next warm-up game is at Matlock Town on Wednesday 9th July at 7.30pm when the Autoworld Cup will be up for grabs.

A week tomorrow League Two Shrewsbury Town will host Chesterfield (3pm).

Spireites will be parading the League Two Trophy at Queens’ Park in the town on Sunday as Derbyshire take on Leicestershire in the T20 Blast (2.30pm).