Match preview: Barnet (h)

The Spireites welcome Barnet to the Technique Stadium on Saturday (3pm) in search of a third win in four National League games. Read our match preview, in association with LV Bet.

How to watch:

A reminder that this game is behind-closed-doors.

The game is available to stream on the club website at a cost of £10. You can purchase the stream via the following link:

Chesterfield legend Sean O’Neil will join the Spireites+ team as match summariser alongside Steve Yorke.

Commentary on the match will be provided in assoctation with Elastic FM with former Spireites coach Eric Nixon joining Alan Wilkinson in the press box. A link to the commentary will be posted on our website and social media channels in the build-up to kick-off.

Programmes costing £2 are on sale in the Club Superstore.


Manager: Peter Beadle

Fact File: Age: 48

Years spent as footballer – 16

Position – Forward

Teams played for – Gillingham (1989-1992), Tottenham Hotspur (1992-1994), Bournemouth on loan (1993), Southend United on loan (1994), Watford (1994-1995), Bristol Rovers (1995-1998), Port Vale (1998-1999), Notts County (1999), Bristol City (1999-2003), Brentford (2003), Barnet (2003), Team Bath (2003-2004) and Clevedon Town (2004-2005).

Years spent in management – Ten

Teams managed – Taunton Town (2005), Newport County (2005-2008), Clevedon Town (2010), Hereford United (2014 & 2015-2018) and Barnet (2020-Present).

Record against Chesterfield as manager – P0     W0     D0     L0 – First Meeting with the Spireites

One to Watch: JJ Hooper

Age: 27

Position: Forward

What other clubs has he played for? Newcastle United (2012-2013), Darlington 1883 on loan (2012), Workington on loan (2012-2013), Northampton Town (2013-2014), Alfreton Town on loan (2013), Farnborough on loan (2014), Havant & Waterlooville (2014-2015), Port Vale (2015-2017), Northampton Town on loan (2016-2017), Grimsby Town (2017-2019), Bromley on loan (2018-2019) and Wrexham (2019-2020).

Last Season’s Stats in All Competitions:

Games Played: 22

Goals: Seven

Assists: None

Yellow Cards: Four

Red Cards: None

Minutes Played: 1,501

Head to Head

The two sides have faced each other 23 times, with the Spireites coming away with ten wins and the Bees recording nine victories.

There have been four draws in 23 meetings with the one of them coming in the last meeting between the two teams. A Mike Fondop brace secured Chesterfield a 2-2 draw at The Hive last August.

Form Guide

James Rowe’s side have recently just gained seven points from the last nine. Haydn Hollis’ header was enough to secure a 1-0 victory at Sutton United in midweek.

Barnet are currently on a run of eight games without a win in all competitions. Their last victory came against Burton Albion in the first round of the FA Cup back in early November.

Team News

James Rowe revealed in his pre-match interview that there a few ‘bumps and bruises’ coming out of the Sutton United game.

David Buchanan will miss out due to a knee injury and Will Evans is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season on Tuesday.

From the dugout:

James Rowe: “We’ve got to remember where we are as a club. We’ve been near the bottom for a reason. It isn’t going to happen overnight; I’m not a magician and I don’t have a wand.

“What we have done though is started fantastically in my tenure as manager, but it’s three games. To win a league you have to do it over 44 games.”