“On paper, there is not a massive difference”

Ahead of the Spireites’ trip to Ebbsfleet United, Danny Webb spoke highly of last season’s National League South champions.

Speaking to the media, he said:“They are a strong team, strong outfit. They obviously cruised to promotion last season. This season they’ve played eight, won four and lost four.

“It’s a decent record; it’s nearly two points a game. They’re scoring nearly two goals a game, so they are doing well.

“They’ve got a lad up front, Dominic Poleon, who missed the Wealdstone game. He’s been around but still knows where the back of the net is.

“If the season was to stop now, we’d be in the play-offs and so would they. On paper, there is not a massive difference.”

Three changes were made to the back-line against Dagenham & Redbridge with Liam Mandeville filling in at right-back.

Webb spoke about whether that is a position that the midfielder could play more games at, saying: “I think there are long-term plans in our office and there are game-by-game plans. When you pick your squad, it’s for the long-term but the team is always the short-term.

“I think you can only go game-to-game. There’s always going to be rotation; the manager likes to keep a winning team.

“’Mandy’ did ever so well in the game the other day but by his own admission, he would say he is more of an attacking player.

“So whether he plays higher up whether he plays at right-back or whether he is on the bench, we’ll see.”

Webb finished off by talking about the progression of Bailey Clements and Ryheem Sheckleford, who have both spent time in the treatment room.

He said: “Bailey’s back and available for selection. At the moment, there is only Ryheem [out injured]. Sadly, he’s a good few weeks away yet.

“We’ve got a good squad. If we can keep it fit and firing, it keeps everyone who is in that starting 11 on their toes.”