Robins takes team to Chesterfield on Saturday
Town’s First Team will be in action in its first pre-season friendly of the season on Saturday when it makes the relatively short trip to Derbyshire to take on League 2 Chesterfield, 3pm kick-off.
The Spireites have already beaten non-league Buxton 3-0 in a friendly and will be tough opponents for the Terriers in their first run-out following this week’s training camp in Marbella, Spain.
Last season a youthful Town team won 3-0 in a pre-season friendly at the new Proact Stadium, with the goals coming from Alan Lee, Jimmy Spencer and Jordan Sinnott.
Chesterfield – 2012/13 season
Chesterfield experienced a change of manager early on last season, with the long-serving John Sheridan leaving. He was eventually replaced by former Accrington Stanley Manager Paul Cook in October and he led the team to an eventual eighth place finish in League 2, just two points shy of the Play-Offs.
During last season Town loaned two players to Chesterfield; midfielder Chris Atkinson scored five goals in 16 appearances, whereas left back Liam Ridehalgh also played 16 times for the side.
Chesterfield – ones to watch
There could be two familiar faces in the Chesterfield side on Saturday. Winger Gary Roberts – a popular figure during his four years with the Terriers and part of the side that emerged victorious from the 2012 Play-Off Final – has completed a summer transfer to Chesterfield from Swindon Town, whereas former Town loanee centre back Liam Cooper is now also a Chesterfield player.
Other players to keep an eye on that could feature against Town on Saturday include striker Marc Richards, who finished as Chesterfield’s top scorer with 12 goals last season, and robust midfielder Sam Togwell, who made more appearances than any other player.
Town Team News
Town only have defender Anthony Gerrard (calf) and midfielder Anton Robinson (knee) on the sidelines at the moment and it is likely that many members of the First Team squad will get a run-out on Saturday.
Town fans can pay on the day for this game, with adult admission priced at £10 with concessions – over-64s and under-19s – at £5.
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From the M1 motorway: leave the motorway at junction 30 at Balborough, signposted Chesterfield. At the roundabout take the first exit.
In around a quarter of a mile there’s another roundabout; take the 4th exit signpost Staveley / Chesterfield A619 and drive past McDonalds on your left and cross over the motorway. Follow the A619 through Mastin Moor and towards Staveley.
At the roundabout take the first exit and go straight across at the mini roundabout and follow the A619 through Staveley towards Brimington. In Brimington follow the A619 round the large island. Keep in the left-hand lane and follow signs to Chesterfield. At the bottom of Brimington Hill drive straight towards Sainsbury’s
At the Sainsbury's roundabout keep in the left-hand lane and follow the A619 towards Tesco's. At the Tesco's roundabout take the third exit straight over past the new Hotel Casa and towards Tesco's and Gordon Lamb garage on the left, with the Donkey Derby on the right.
At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit and drive along the B6057 Sheffield Road. You should be able to see the ground on your left just past Tesco's entrance.
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