SPIREITES: Chesterfield FC expecting tough Doncaster test - Richardson

Chesterfield’s assistant manager Leam Richardson is expecting a tough afternoon when Doncaster Rovers visit the Proact Stadium on Saturday.

Rovers haven’t lost a game away from the Keepmoat Stadium since mid-October, at Fleetwood Town, and are unbeaten in their last six in the league.

The recent up turn in form began with a narrow victory on the road at current League One pace setters Swindon Town just before Christmas.

The Spireites are also on a run which has seen them move up to fifth in the play-offs following Tuesday night’s home win over Crawley Town.

Chesterfield have been in FA Cup action against Derby County as well since Doncaster last played away at Notts County on January 20.

But Richardson is under no illusions of the scale of the task at hand in another eagerly-anticipated North Derbyshire-South Yorkshire fixture.

“We managed to watch them last week at Notts County and they put in a good performance,” said Richardson. “They’ve got some very good players so we expect a really tough game on Saturday.”

Three of the next four games for Chesterfield are at home, with Preston North End and Leyton Orient visiting after a trip to Notts County on February 7.

And the Spireites will be hoping to make home advantage count as they look to consolidate a position among the League One play-offs.