Match preview: Boston United (a)

Match preview: Boston United (a)

The Spireites travel to the Boston Community Stadium this evening as they take on Boston United in the fourth round of the Buildbase FA Trophy (7.45pm).  

How to watch:

A reminder that this game is behind-closed-doors. The game is available to stream on the Boston United website at a cost of £7.99. You can purchase the stream via the following link:

Commentary on the match will be provided as usual in association with Elastic FM. A link to the commentary will be posted on our website and social media channels in the build-up to kick-off.


Manager: Craig Elliott

Fact File: Age: 42

Years spent in management – 12

Teams managed – Kellingley (2009-2010), Glasshoughton Welfare (2010-2012), Ossett Town (2012-2014), Shaw Lane (2014-2017) and Boston United (2017-present).

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

One to Watch: Ross Fitzsimons

Age: 26

Position: Goalkeeper

What other clubs has he played for? Crystal Palace (2011-2014), Harrow Borough on loan (2013), Hendon on loan (2013-2014), Havant & Waterlooville on loan (2013), Farnborough on loan (2014), Bolton Wanderers (2014-2016), Bishop’s Stortford on loan (2015-2016), Braintree Town (2016), Chelmsford City (2016-2017), Notts County (2017-2020) and Chesterfield on loan (2020).

Last Season’s Stats in All Competitions:

Games Played: Five

Clean Sheets: One

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Minutes Played: 404

Head to Head

The two teams go head-to-head in a competitive game for only the second time.

Saltergate hosted an FA Cup first round proper tie back in 1974 as the Spireites defeated the Pilgrims 3-1.

Form Guide

Chesterfield have won four of their last five and are looking to bounce back after James Rowe’s first defeat as manager at the hands of Solihull Moors.

Boston United are unbeaten in their last five competitive games with three wins and two draws.

Team News

James Rowe will be without a few players after the isolation period. However, George Carline will return to the side after he served his one-match suspension.

New signing Alex Whittle won’t be available as he is cup-tied. Other new additions Jack Clarke and Martin Smith could make their first appearances for the Spireites.

From the dugout:

James Rowe: “They’re a great side, we can’t underestimate them. It will be a tough game. They have been on the verge of getting promoted to our division the last few years, we have to get going straight away. We will be ready for it.”