“It’s a massive challenge”

Manager James Rowe outlined the challenge that he believes his squad will face when the Spireites travel to Maidenhead United on Tuesday night.

Speaking to the media, he said: “It’s a massive challenge; they’re in a false position. They’ve had a lot of injuries themselves and players are starting to come back now.

“They’ve got a very experienced manager and they know the pitch, so we’re expecting a massive challenge there.

“It’s going to be a big, physical challenge because of the way they play. There is no holy grail of playing; if that is the route they want to go, then we need to combat that.

“We need to make sure we are strong and defend the 18-yard box. I’m sure we’ve got the talent to score goals, which we have done on the road all season.”

Chesterfield came away from The Hive at the weekend with a 4-1 win over Barnet after a strong second-half performance.

Reflecting on the game, Rowe said: “It was a strong second half performance as it was at Chelsea. We got ourselves in a position to win the game by not conceding towards the end of the first half.

“We didn’t take our chances midway through the first half – we had two or three clear-cut chances. We got through that and defended our 18-yard box reasonably well.

“The second half we started like we meant business. When the first goal went in, we went for the kill and got four.”

The fixture at York Road marks the halfway point of the Spireites’ National League season with a chance to return back to the top of the table.

Rowe believes that the division is the strongest it has ever been and is expecting a thrilling end to the season.

“It’s exciting,” Rowe said. “I think it’s a great advert for the National League in terms of professionalism. I’ve been at this level for five years and I think this is the strongest it’s been.

“That says good things about the Vanarama National League in terms the direction it’s going. More finances, bigger attendances, bigger squads and more quality in those squads dropping down.

“It’s gearing up to be a great second half to the season. I’m really pleased that we are in the shape to look upwards rather than downwards.”