Chesterfield won't be 'resting on their laurels' after climbing into National League play-offs with win against Weymouth

Chesterfield boss James Rowe says he will not be ‘resting on his laurels’ after the Spireites moved into the National League play-off positions for the first time this season.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 10:56 am

Town climbed up to seventh after beating Weymouth on Saturday thanks to Tom Whelan’s first-half strike.

It was the Blues’ third win and clean sheet on the bounce and it means they go into Good Friday’s clash against play-off rivals Eastleigh at the Silverlake Stadium full of confidence.

“We know the different challenges that this league is going to pose and now we are seventh we have got to be delighted,” Rowe said.

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Chesterfield manager James Rowe.

“I am excited about what the future is but what I won’t do is rest on my laurels.

“If you are in the top seven it signifies you are on the right journey but there is no point being in the top seven now and dropping out on the last game of the season.

“We have got to make sure we secure that play-off place as early as possible if we can - that is the target - and then see what we can do after that.

“We targeted a certain amount of points from this group of games and we have exceeded those points.”

Friday’s opponents sit ninth in the table, two places and two points behind Chesterfield.

The Spireites will have to assess captain Laurence Maguire, who went off with a hamstring injury in the first-half against Weymouth, ahead of the trip to Hampshire.

Jack Clarke missed Saturday’s win because of fatigue but should be in contention.

Rowe has previously said that it is unlikely injured pair Gavin Gunning and Jak McCourt will be fit for this one.

The Blues manager said the win against the Terras last weekend was ‘hard-fought’ and that his players lacked a bit of energy after the break.

“It was always going to be difficult because Weymouth did not play on Tuesday so they were going to come with energy in the second-half,” Rowe added.

“We struggled for legs in the second-half but we dealt with most of their threats.

“I think we can be better in the final third. It breaks down too much there.

"We didn’t get that early goal which we probably deserved but we kept going and got the first goal.”