Spireites are set to play a practice match at the training ground of SC Olhanense today.
The private game against the Portuguese second division side comes on the final day of a six day training camp that’s been all about work, rest and work some more.
Defender Ian Evatt said of the camp in the sun: “It’s been fantastic, you only have to look to see the facilities we’re in, we’re very lucky that they’ve taken us to these facilities. The staff have been brilliant, it’s been different every day and the lads are really enjoying it, we’re working really hard.”
Manager Dean Saunders indicated ahead of the trip that is was all about building up fitness, getting to know his methods and preparing for the season’s opener against Barnsley, so it was work rather than play, but Evatt has said that no boredom has set in.
The former Blackpool man added: “No, definitely no boredom. We’re footballers and at the end of the day. We’re here to focus, work, train and improve our games. We’ve got some new staff here that are giving us new ideas and great training sessions so all the lads are focused, working really hard and improving.”
After returning home tomorrow, Spireites will be preparing for the visit of Steve Bruce’s Hull City on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off) and that game is followed by another home match against opponents that were in the Premier League last season, when Sean Dyche’s Burnley are at the Proact Stadium on Saturday 18th July (3pm kick-off).
Keeper Tommy Lee, who wasn’t risked in the games against Matlock Town and Buxton, is expected to be ready to play whilst utility player Drew Talbot, who’s been running hard in recent times after the hamstring injury he picked up towards the end of last season, is expected to feature in at least one of the games.
The club’s shadow squad play at Barnsley based Athersley Recreation tomorrow at noon following on from a 7-2 midweek win at Rossington Main.
On Sunday there’s an Open Day at the Proact, entry is free and the event runs from noon until 4pm with the players training on the pitch at 12.30pm.