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PREVIEW: Chesterfield (A)

by: theterras

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The Terras travel North this Saturday to take on Chesterfield at the Technique Stadium.

Confidence is high amongst Brian Stock’s side as the Terras go into this game with last Saturday’s 4-0 victory against Wealdstone still fresh in the minds of both players and manager. The result was Stock’s biggest victory that he has orchestrated for the Terras since he was appointed boss. Josh McQuoid scored first for the Terras, heading in a cross from Sean Shields. Brennan Camp doubled Weymouth’s lead in the 58th minute, a collectors item for the defender as despite the cool finish it was Camp’s first for the club. Shields bagged a brace within a minute late into the game to kill off any comeback from the visitors.

The last time the two sides met, it was a day to forget for Brian Stock’s side. The Terras took the lead in the 40th minute through Shields. The winger’s finessed effort into the top right corner gave the Spireites a shock. Chesterfield, however, equalised in added time of the first half. Following the break, Chesterfield were on the front foot and took the lead through their target man, Tom Denton. After that the visitors took control of the game and shut out any attacking play that the Terras seeing the game out 2-1.

The Spireites sit in 10th place at this stage in the season, but have looked better this year under the guardianship of James Rowe. The Spireites ended their last campaign in 20th position and have made improvements to their side this season, which, with the games in hand, could see them pushing for the play offs and promotion to the Football League.

The Spireites have a side packed with talent. Akwasi Asante has scored 10 times in 18 appearances for Chesterfield since joining them last year.

Defender Laurence Maguire has notched up almost 100 appearances for the side and is the younger brother of Harry Maguire of Manchester United.

The side have looked around the National League for their talent this season, picking up Adi Yussuf on loan from Blackpool who played for Wrexham during this season. More notably, the Spireites acquired the services of Tom Whelan from the Terras after the two sides met each other earlier in the season. Since joining, Whelan has scored 3 times for the side, most recently in Chesterfield’s 2-0 away victory against Barnet last Saturday.

With the Terras closing in on a chance to move up the table, and Chesterfield knocking on the door of playoffs neither side will treat this game with caution.

Thoughts from the Manager

Brian Stock caught up with us before the game and said “We go into this fixture against Chesterfield full of confidence probably after our best performance this season against Wealdstone. That was a complete performance for the full 90 minutes. I think that we struggled to achieve that on many occasions.”

Speaking on Saturday’s opposition, the Terras boss said “Chesterfield are a very good side, it’s going to be a very tough test.”
Stock went on to praise his opposite number, Rowe, saying “They’ve only conceded twice at home since James Rowe has taken over and only lost once, to Sutton.”

“It’s going to be a tough test, they’ve got a lot of energy within their team. They’ve got goal scorers, they’re resolute at the back, they keep clean sheets.”

“It’s going to be a really good marker of where we are and how far this team has come.”

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