Match preview: Solihull Moors (h)

The Spireites will play their first game of 2021 when they welcome Solihull Moors to the Technique Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

How to watch:

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Chesterfield legend Jamie Hewitt will join commentator Steve Yorke as the match summariser on the Spireites+ stream.

Audio commentary on the match will be provided in association with Elastic FM. Commentator Alan Wilkinson will be joined in the press box by former Spireites keeper Chris Marples. A link to the commentary will be posted on our website and social media channels in the build-up to kick-off.


Manager: James Shan

Fact File: Age: 42

Years spent as footballer – 16

Position – Forward

Teams played for – Gillingham, Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth, Southend United, Watford, Bristol Rovers, Port Vale, Notts County, Bristol City, Brentford, Barnet, Team Bath and Clevedon Town.

Years spent in management – Six

Teams managed – West Bromwich Albion (U23s manager, first team coach and caretaker manager), Kidderminster Harriers (interim manager) and Solihull Moors.

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

One to Watch: Jamie Ward

Age: 34

Position: Forward

What other clubs has he played for? Aston Villa (2005-2006), Stockport County on loan (2006), Torquay United (2006-2007), Chesterfield (2007-2009), Sheffield United (2009-2011), Derby County on loan (2011), Derby County (2011-2015), Nottingham Forest (2015-2019), Burton Albion on loan (2016-2017), Cardiff City on loan (2018), Charlton Athletic on loan (2018) and Scunthorpe United (2019-2020).

Last Season’s Stats in All Competitions:

Games Played: Six

Goals: Two

Assists: Two

Yellow Cards: Three

Red Cards: None

Minutes Played: 306

Head to Head

The two teams have only met in four competitive games with the Spireites recording two draws and two defeats against Solihull Moors.

In the last meeting at the Technique Stadium, goals from Mike Fondop and Jack McKay secured a draw.

Form Guide

James Rowe’s side are unbeaten in their last five games. Chesterfield have won four times and drawn once. Last time out, the Blues progressed in the FA Trophy after a penalty shoot-out win over Brackley Time.

Solihull have won three times in their last five, but they also have two defeats to their name during that time. The Moors beat Farsley Celtic 4-0 in the FA Trophy in their last outing.

Team News

James Rowe revealed that Tom Denton is likely to miss the game on Saturday due to the slight injury problem the striker has had recently.

The manager also provided an update on Luke Coddington. The goalkeeper is a couple of weeks away from returning to training sessions, which could mean a return to the squad is not too far away.

From the dugout:

James Rowe: “We’re ready to get two positive results now; we will go into both games and try and win the best we can. They’re a good side, but we’re up for it.

“They’ll be coming in good spirits, but we are in good spirits too. Playing two games in three days against the same team is unheard of and quirky, but we will do our talking on the pitch.”