Match preview: Solihull Moors (a)

The Spireites’ season goes on, as they face their biggest game over the last few years this afternoon, when they take on Solihull Moors in a National League play-off semi-final at Damson Park. 

It’s one of the toughest tests in the National League for the Blues, with Solihull only being defeated once in their previous 21 league fixtures. 

Chesterfield’s squad has been weakened with the loss of striker Danny Rowe, but as we’ve seen many times in football, anything is possible. 

There’s no doubt that the lads will leave everything on that pitch, and after an impressive victory over Halifax last time out, confidence in the camp will be running high.

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: Sunday, May 29, 2022

Kick-off: 12:30pm

Competition: National League play-offs (semi-final)

Opponents: Solihull Moors

Where: Damson Park


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Live radio commentary

Our in-house radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide unrivalled coverage of the match, with commentator Phil Tooley joined by Spireites legend Jamie Hewitt.

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Social media

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The post-match interview with manager Paul Cook will be posted to our YouTube Channel soon after the game is finished:

Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel. 

Paul Cook expressed that it would be hard to change much of the team that started at Halifax on Tuesday, after an impressive performance. 

Danny Rowe will not feature in this fixture. The striker went straight to hospital after coming off as a substitute on Tuesday, and later revealed on his Instagram that his season was over.

Nathan Tyson and Tom Denton both made the bench last time out and will be hoping they can prove to the gaffer that they are the best option to replace Rowe on the team sheet. Meanwhile, Akwasi Asante and Joe Quigley will be hoping they pass their fitness tests ahead of the big game.

Curtis Weston, who was left out of the squad against Halifax, will be doing everything he can to earn his place in the matchday squad. 

Fact file

Name: Solihull Moors FC

Nicknames: The Moors

Founded: 2007

Stadium: Damson Park

Capacity: 5,500

Manager: Neal Ardley

On Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors have never featured in the Football League and have spent their short time as a club in and around the non-league pyramid. 

Their gaffer, Neal Ardley, has had National League play-off experience before when he was the manager of Notts County, who subsequently lost to Harrogate Town in the final. Ardley will be looking to better that this time out at his new club.

Solihull Moors have endured a great season, finishing in third place. They have only lost seven times over the entire 2021/22 league campaign, making them the hardest team to beat in the National League. They will be hoping they can win promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history.

One to watch

Joe Sbarra is an English midfielder with an eye for goal. The 23-year-old has scored 24 goals in 74 appearances for the Moors and has been mentioned by many people as one of the best players in the National League. He started his career at Burton Albion before making the switch to the Moors in 2020.

The Spireites last three(L/D/W)

Lost – Torquay 2-0 Chesterfield – National League 

Drew – Chesterfield 0-0 Woking – National League

Won – Halifax 1-2 Chesterfield – National League 

The Moors last three: (W/D/L)

Won – Solihull 3-0 Bromley – National League 

Won – Solihull 3-1 Dagenham – National League 

Won – Boreham Wood 0-3 Solihull – National League 

The Spireites lost 1-0 to Solihull at the Technique Stadium earlier on this season.