Why Woking could be ideal opponent for Chesterfield to reignite play-off push

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If Chesterfield could handpick any opponent in the National League to get their play-off push back on track it would probably be Woking.

The Spireites travel to the Kingfield Stadium on Saturday to face a side who are in freefall, are struggling with injuries and are fielding a load of youngsters to get through until the end of the season.

Alan Dowson’s men are fourth bottom, have lost seven in a row and 10 of their last 11.

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They have reportedly got 15 players out either through injury or furlough.

Chesterfield travel to the Kingfield Stadium on Saturday.Chesterfield travel to the Kingfield Stadium on Saturday.
Chesterfield travel to the Kingfield Stadium on Saturday.

They finished their last home match - a 4-2 defeat to Weymouth - with seven players aged 22 or under including four teenagers.

They have conceded four goals in each of their last five home matches and their last win came against Wealdstone on March 23.

The Cards have fallen like a pack of cards.

“What can you do? You have just got to get on with it,” Dowson said after Saturday’s loss to the Terras.

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“I think the young lads are doing well, there are seven or eight of them who have never played together in the team.

“It is hard because they have never had any upbringing at Westfield or Kingstonian, they have had to come straight in.

“Bottom line is, four weeks left, I’ve got to be thick-skinned.”

The Blues have only won one of their last seven themselves, but will fancy their chances against a threadbare Woking who are desperate for the season to end.

Meanwhile, Notts County’s win against Sutton United on Tuesday meant Town dropped another place to ninth, but the gap to the top seven remains two points.