Spireites: Chesterfield v Exeter match preview

Chesterfield FC v Bradford City Paul Cook and Jack Lester
Chesterfield FC v Bradford City Paul Cook and Jack Lester

A bumper crowd is expected to show its appreciation for one of Chesterfield’s modern day heroes, as Jack Lester calls time on his playing career.

The former Grimsby Town, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United man will captain the Spireites in his last career game.

Paul Cook’s side will be without keeper Tommy Lee after he picked up an ankle injury in training earlier this week.

Richard O’Donnell, fresh from his loan spell at Blue Square Bet Premier side Stockport County, is likely to make his first start since November 10 in Chesterfield’s 3-2 away defeat to Bristol Rovers.

While Richard Brindley remains a doubt after a suspected hernia was the reason for his early departure in the 3-1 win over Fleetwood last week.

The game, despite the result, brought an end to the Spireites’ hopes of reaching the League Two play-offs as Bradford City beat ten-man Burton Albion to cement their place in the top seven.

Chesterfield won the reverse fixture in October thanks to Chris Atkinson’s first half header.

With nothing riding on the game, Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale is expected to make up to six changes to his side as he looks to give some of the young players a chance to shine.

Possible line-ups:

Chesterfield (4-4-2): O’Donnell; Talbot, Trotman, Cooper, Townsend; Darikwa, Randall, Togwell, O’Shea; Lester (c), Richards

Exeter (4-2-3-1): Krysiak; Dawson, Coles (c), Moore-Taylor, Woodman; Bennett, Rodgers; Gosling, Keohane, Davies; Reid

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