Rowe: “We are going there to win the game as usual”

The Spireites travel to Boston United on Wednesday in the fourth round of the FA Trophy and James Rowe is expecting a tough challenge from the National League North side.

He said: “I was managing in their league at the start of the season, so I know them quite well. They are a very strong outfit, organised.

“They have a new stadium as well, which has given them a major uplift. It is going to be a tough challenge especially because we have been in isolation.

“Again, there is no excuses; we go there, and it will be a tough tie. One that hopefully we can get something out of. At worse, it is a great challenge for us coming out of isolation, a good fitness exercise.

“A second period of isolation in 30 days is not ideal but we have been dealing with that. We had a productive session yesterday. We have the last training session today ahead of Boston tomorrow. We are going there to win the game as usual.”

Rowe made a couple of signings during the isolation period. One of those was Alex Whittle, who previously played under the manager at Gloucester City.

Rowe is excited to bring the full-back to the club, saying: “We are really delighted to get Alex signed. I was really surprised he became a free agent. He brings a good experience in and around the level; he has played in League Two as well with Forest Green.

“He is at a good age for us and he brings competition for places. He can play multiple positions as well. A really good addition with great character. Alex is cup-tied tomorrow so he is unavailable.”

Martin Smith was the other addition made during the time off. The midfielder was last at League Two side Salford City and Rowe wants to give the 25-year-old the platform for consistency.

“Martin’s been unfortunate in his career,” he said. “He hasn’t had a run of games at the level he should. For me he is an EFL player. We are delighted to have him as well.

“He now needs a bit of love. He needs the platform to play consistently and that’s what we are hoping to give him here. Martin will be involved with the squad tomorrow.”

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