A new era is on the horizon once more for the Spireites as Paul Cook prepares to take the reigns for the first time since re-joining the club. In doing so, he will lead the men to the South Coast, where Chesterfield will locks horns with Weymouth.
In a crucial weekend of football, Chesterfield know that a win could see them return to the top spot, whilst Weymouth seek to reduce the ten-point gap to avoid relegation from the Vanarama National League
Heading into this encounter, the Spireites will be noted as heavy favourites – especially given the gulf in comparatives campaigns between the two sides.
The weekend hosts offer the joint second leakiest defensive record in the league, tying level with King’s Lynn Town and Barnet FC as Dover Athletic are the only club to have conceded more times this season (60).
Weymouth’s defensive record will raise even further concerns for their supporters given that Chesterfield have scored the second most number of goals in the league. Only behind Stockport County, Chesterfield’s 49 goals means that they have the joint second-best record, along with mid-table Dagenham & Redbridge, who have scored the same amount after 27 games.
Given the Spireites’ frightening consistency in front of goal, Weymouth will also need to consider the instrumental impact of Kabongo Tshimanga. The striker added to his tally for the season during the 2-2 draw against Stockport County during the week to make it 24 goals in 26 outings this season.
Key Facts about Weymouth FC
Manager: David Oldfield
Nickname: The Terras
Stadium (Capacity): Bob Lucas Stadium (6,600)
The Terras won promotion to the fifth tier of English Football in 2019, after winning the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier South. Prior to then, the club had spent seven years in the division.
The club will need to have a strong second half of the season if they have any intentions of remaining in the National League.
Sat in 21st position, Weymouth sit ten points away from safety and find themselves in a fight to avoid the drop this season.
Whilst their overall campaign has provided limited moments of joy, their recent form has been difficult to watch. Losing 3-0 to a King’s Lynn side who also sit in the relegation zone, the club go into this weekend’s encounter in the worst possible form.
The highlight of the Terras’ recent form remains a 1-1 draw that they secured whilst on the road to Boreham Wood. Despite failing to win a league game since October, the point against the Wood remains a valuable one in which they managed to secure.
Their last win came in a 1-0 home over the Linnets, who were down to ten men themselves. Twelve games later and the win over their Norfolk rivals became something of a rarity.
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27th March 2021)
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Given the Terras’ brief history at this level in the National League, these two have only faced each other on three occasions.
The most recent of those games came at the Technique Stadium as the Spireites ran away with a comfortable 4-0 victory. During the game, Tshimanga managed to secure a hat-trick, after grabbing a first-half brace, before Saidou Khan added his name to the scoresheet late on in the game. Things were made worse before they even began for Weymouth on the day as Ollie Harfield faced a straight red card within the first half an hour.
Between the three clashes, Chesterfield have managed to win each game. The aggregate score line is 7-1, as Sean Shields scored the first and only goal for the Dorset outfit.
By Sam Plummer