Read the manager’s pre-match comments

Manager John Pemberton spoke to the media ahead of the Spireites’ first game of the season away at Wealdstone tomorrow (Saturday), 3pm.

Commenting on the opposition, he said: “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.”

A number of young players have played some minutes in pre-season. One that has really impressed is Jamie Sharman and the manager thinks he is ready for the first team.

“Sharman could start now, he’s an unbelievable player. I want him to be put into the team and stay in it. He will be a big part of us.

“I would love to eventually build a team around him. However, he’s young and it’s about building him up slowly.”

Another defender that is giving Pemberton a selection headache is Laurence Maguire. The defender is still on the road to full fitness following his knee injury back on Boxing Day.

On the defender, the gaffer said: “Laurence has been good. My only concern with Laurence, when he came back into full training, was not over pushing him. 

“He has had no reaction to the games he has had. He has not missed a day’s training. As far as I am concerned, Laurence is ready.”

Two players that have struggled with knocks in pre-season are Curtis Weston and Nathan Tyson. The boss gave an update on the two experienced players.

He said: “Tyson had a slight issue with his calf. It’s nothing serious and we’re hoping he will be back soon.

“Weston is doing great, he was similar to Tyson. But he’s come through it fine in the 45 minutes he has played. He’s looking forward to it.”

Going into the first game of the season, Pemberton still believes he needs a couple of signings to provide cover around the pitch.

“There’s a signing that’s close,” he said. “We’re just making sure it’s right for us. We know we’re slightly short on players. We want cover across the pitch but it’s important to not bringing someone is for the sake of it.”