STAGS V SPIREITES COUNTDOWN: Banks hoping to top Chesterfield’s goal charts

Ollie Banks shoots and scores to put the Spireites ahead by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Oxford United
Ollie Banks shoots and scores to put the Spireites ahead by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Oxford United

Ollie Banks says there’s a battle on at Chesterfield between the players to finish the club’s top scorer.

The 21-year-old has racked up nine so far this season ahead of the Spireites’ crunch clash with rivals Mansfield Town.

Chesterfield face the Stags on Saturday in what is shaping up to be another fiercely competitive derby at Field Mill.

Banks got a taster when he was introduced as a late substitute in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match in October.

He wasn’t involved in the reverse league fixture at the Proact in September, having arrived from non-League 12 days previous.

And, after 30 games for Chesterfield following his move from FC United of Manchester, the 21-year-old has settled quickly.

He said: “All the lads are in good spirits. We’re looking forward to the next nine games and try and get those results.

“I’ve come from non-league, not playing as many games, I played probably 25 from 30 and it takes its toll. I’m at full fitness and feeling good.”

Banks, who was released by Rotherham United in 2012, said dropping out of league football has made him appreciate it more.

He has nine goals to his name and has set his sights on overtaking Gary Roberts as the club’s top marksman.

Roberts’ brace against Oxford put the winger, who was named League Two Player of the Year recently, on 11 goals.

And Banks said there is a friendly rivalry between the two on who will finish the campaign as the Spireties’ top scorer.

“I went through a bit of a dry spell where I hadn’t scored for a few games so it was nice to get back on the score sheet against Oxford,” he said.

“Hopefully I can keep on doing it. Gary works his socks off, I don’t think people recognise it, but he really does.

“He does an awful lot off the ball and we all know what he can do on the ball.”

Chesterfield’s trip to Wembley is on the horizon and with the prospect of promotion to League One too, Banks is enjoying life at the club.

He added: “Everyday I’m going out there and enjoying it. If we get promoted and do well at Wembley then it’ll be a bonus.

“I’m happy to be here. It’s a dream, I have to pinch myself every now and again.”