“We need to start well and get on the front foot”

“We need to start well and get on the front foot”

Ahead of the Spireites National League New Year’s Day clash with King’s Lynn Town (3pm), manager James Rowe highlighted the threat posed by the Linnets.

“King’s Lynn will bring their own challenges in terms of a new manager. Everyone wants to do well and secure that shirt in their squad,” he said.

“He’s had a couple of additions as well – good players. It’s going to be a good game and I’m expecting another good attendance here.

“I went to watch [King’s Lynn] at Halifax earlier this month and they performed really well. Halifax didn’t get the breakthrough until midway through the second half.

“We need to be patient if they are as stubborn as they were at Halifax. We need to start well and get on the front foot.”

Jack Clarke scored the crucial equaliser against FC Halifax Town on Tuesday but unfortunately suffered another injury.

Rowe gave an update on the midfielder, saying: “It’s a real shame for him because he’s done everything asked of him. We’ve been patient and he’s come off the bench twice. He’s a top player and there’s a temptation to always start him.

“He scored the goal, which was such a high for him and his family. It was a big crowd and a great occasion for everybody.

“Ten minutes later and he’s had that big low. It’s going to be a big ask to pick him back up but I’m confident that he’s mentally strong.

“It’s another rupture. It might be an operation. We’ve got find that out later today. It’s a big loss for us to lose a player like that for the season.”

The Spireites have enjoyed a fruitful 2021 as they have entered the play-off and promotion picture. Rowe has looked back on what has not only been a standout year for the club but himself personally.

He said: “It’s been remarkable. I was speaking to family members about it and for me personally it’s been a fantastic year.

“2021 has been truly remarkable. Our points per average game have been excellent and if we maintain that form, we’re not going to be far off.

“The challenge is can we maintain it for the next five months and we will do everything we can to make sure we do. I’m really excited to see what 2022 brings.”