Match preview: Brackley Town (h)

The Spireites play Brackley Town in the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy at the Technique Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

How to watch:

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

The game is available to stream on the Chesterfield website (to domestic viewers only) at a cost of £10. You can purchase the stream via the link:

Former Chesterfield goalkeeper Chris Marples will join Steve Yorke on commentary on the Spireites+ stream.

Commentary on the match will be provided in association with Elastic FM. Commentator Alan Wilkinson will be joined by Spireites legend Dave Waller, who will act as the summariser. 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: Kevin Wilkin

Fact File: Age: 53

Years spent as footballer – 18

Position – Forward

Teams played for – Cambridge City (?-?), Northampton Town (1990-1995), Rushden & Diamonds (1995-1997), Nuneaton Borough (1997-1998), Cambridge City (1998-2002), Grantham Town (2002-2004) and Nuneaton Borough (2004-2008).

Years spent in management – 14

Teams managed – Nuneaton Town (2006-2014), Wrexham (2014-2015) and Brackley Town (2015-Present).

Record against Chesterfield as manager – P1     W1     D0     L0

One to Watch: Lee Ndlovu

Age: 26

Position: Forward

What other clubs has he played for? GNG Oadby (2013-2014), Holbeach United (2014-2015), Grantham Town (2014-2016) and Ilkeston Town (2015-2016).

Last Season’s Stats in All Competitions:

Games Played: 38

Goals: 20

Assists: Seven

Yellow Cards: Two

Red Cards: None

Minutes Played: 2,946

Head to Head

The two teams have only played one competitive game with Brackley Town beating the Spireites 2-0 in the FA Trophy third round in 2019.

Goals from Lee Ndlovu and James Armson were enough for the win at the then-named Proact Stadium and hand Chesterfield their first loss in the FA Trophy.

Form Guide

James Rowe’s side have gained ten points from the last 12 with the Blues recording a comprehensive 6-0 win over Barnet last Saturday.

Brackley are unbeaten in their last five games with Kevin Wilkin’s side winning four on the bounce. A 3-2 win away at Royston Town got the National League North side to this stage.

Team News

Rowe revealed in his pre-match interview that he has a full squad to choose from for the match.

David Buchanan is available for selection once more after missing the last two games after picking up a knock earlier this month against Aldershot Town.

From the dugout:

James Rowe: “Brackley won the competition a few years ago so they will be a tough team. They’ll definitely be a tough nut to crack.

“They ran Tranmere Rovers close on TV a few weeks ago. We know the danger of them, but we will be ready.”