Match preview: Wealdstone (a)

The Spireites kick-off the 2020/21 National League season with a trip to Grosvenor Vale to face newly promoted Wealdstone on Saturday afternoon (3pm). Here is our match preview...

How to watch:

A reminder that this game is behind-closed-doors – please do not attempt to access the stadium or the car park.

The game is available to stream on Wealdstone’s website at a cost of £9.99. You can find the stream via this link:


Manager: Dean Brennan

Fact File: Age: 40

Years spent as footballer: 13 years

Position: Winger

Teams played for: Sheffield Wednesday (1999-2000), Bohemians (2000), Luton Town (2000-2002), Hitchin Town (2002-2003), Stevenage Borough (2003-2004), Hendon on loan (2003-2004), Grays Athletic (2004-2005), Lewes (2005-2006), Dunstable Town (2006), AFC Wimbledon (2006), Cambridge City (2006), Chesham United (2006-2007), Hemel Hempstead Town (2007), Barton Rovers (2007), Halesowen Town (2007-2008), Corby Town (2008-2009), Aylesbury (2009-2010), Hemel Hempstead Town (2010-2011 and Dunstable Town (2011-2012).

Years spent in management: 10 years

Teams managed: Hemel Hempstead Town (2010 & 2012-2018), Billericay (2018-2019), Kingstonian (2019) and Wealdstone (2019-Present).

Record against Chesterfield as a manager: P2     W0     D1     L1

One to Watch: Ross Lafayette

Age: 34

Position: Striker

What clubs has he played for? Chesham United (2006-2007), Barton Rovers (2007-2008), Chesham United (2008), Aylesbury United (2008-2009), Wealdstone (2009), Aylesbury (2009), Burnham (2009-2010), Hemel Hempstead (2010-2012), Welling United (2012-2014), Luton Town (2014-2015), Woking on loan (2015), Welling United on loan (2015), Eastleigh (2015-2016), Aldershot Town (2016), Dover Athletic (2016-2017), Sutton United (2017-2018), Maidstone United on loan (2018), Billericay Town (2018-2019) and Wealdstone (2019-Present).

Last season’s stats in all competitions:

Games Played: 31

Goals: 15

Assists: 4

Minutes Played: 2,496

Head to Head

This will be the first time that the two clubs have played each other in a competitive fixture.

Form Guide

Wealdstone have played eight games in pre-season, with mixed results. They have won four of the games, beating Bedford Town, Northwood, Hayes & Yeading United and Havant & Waterlooville.

The Spireites have only played pre-season three games, starting with a 3-2 away win at Belper Town.

Team News

John Pemberton revealed in his pre-match press conference on Thursday that he hopes Nathan Tyson will be ‘back soon’ following his knock.

Curtis Weston could be poised for a starting spot after playing in the second half against Guiseley last Saturday.

From the Dugout:

John Pemberton: “Wealdstone are a great side – they got promoted last season. They’ve got some great players and they will be up for it.

“We will get better as we play. We’ve only played three games; some of our players haven’t even managed to play 90 minutes yet.”

Don’t forget that we will be providing full match commentary online in association with Elastic FM. A link will be posted on our website and social media channels in the build-up to kick-off.

There will be regular updates on our social media channels and we will upload match highlights to our YouTube channel.