CHESTERFIELD: Spireites up for Torquay clash

Tendayi Darikwa in action against Torquay United in a previous clash by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Torquay Utd
Tendayi Darikwa in action against Torquay United in a previous clash by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Torquay Utd

Following two wins in the FA Cup first round and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, the Spireites are hoping to transfer their newly revived winning form to Saturday’s league clash against Torquay United.

Chesterfield FC beat Daventry 2-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday, November 9, and beating Rochdale 3-0 on Tuesday, November 12, to set them up nicely for the Sky Bet League Two away match at Plainmoor.

Their opponents, the Gulls, are currently 21st in League Two having taken only 14 points from their opening 15 fixtures, but also defeating Bury 3-1 in their last league outing at Gigg Lane.

And while the Blues’ cup results have been very good, they will be keen to get their league form back on track after winning only one league game in eight matches.

The Devon side faced Rochdale in the first round of the FA Cup at Plainmoor last Saturday where two late goals from Scott Hogan and Peter Vincenti were enough to award Dale with victory.

Torquay have struggled in the league this year having won only two of their last ten games, leaving them just three points above the relegation zone.

After enjoying back-to-back wins in all competitions, the Spireites are currently on a five-game unbeaten streak and will be looking to continue their strong form at Torquay on Saturday.

The Gulls last hosted Chesterfield in March this year, where a late Liam Cooper goal wasn’t enough to overturn two early strikes from Joss Labadie and Rene Howe.

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Ben Harding has been injured and missing from the Gulls’ side since their game against York City and will not be available for Saturday’s game.

Billy Bodin will miss out on the fixture and Dale Tonge’s availability is questionable with an injured knee.

Lee Mansell has not featured in training this week but is expected to line-up against Chesterfield.

For Chesterfield FC, Sam Morsy and Nathan Smith are still both suffering from long-term injuries and will not feature.

Gary McSheffrey has a slight problem with his hip and will be rested as a precautionary measure.

Sky Bet has Chesterfield as slight favourites going into Saturday’s game but believe the home side have every chance of taking something from the game.