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12 January 2018

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The Hatters will go in search of their second consecutive league victory of 2018 tomorrow as they head to Chesterfield four points clear at the top of Sky Bet League Two.

A win would give the Town a strong opportunity of moving further clear of second place and fourth, with Notts County heading to Lincoln City, Exeter City welcoming Coventry City and Wycombe playing Colchester, all of whom occupy a place in the eight positions below the Hatters.

Chesterfield have changed manager this term, appointing club legend Jack Lester after Gary Caldwell departed. The 42-year-old played 219 times for the Spireites, netting an impressive 94 goals during his six year stay at the Proact Stadium.

He appeared to have turned their fortunes around as they went on an unbeaten run of six games between the end of October and the beginning of December, but having only picked up one point in their last six games, they now find themselves in 23rd place – two points off safety.


On Chesterfield: "They're actually a dangerous side, they got some good players and they've got a big squad. They've got a lot of talent in their squad – when you look at the amount of players they signed in the summer, you thought 'these are going to give it a go'.

"It hasn't quite worked out like that, but we can't affect that. All we can affect is ourselves. It's a big month for us in terms of league form, and we started January very well. We want to continue that – it's a big month, we've got some big games. There's some big games elsewhere as well at the weekend, sides are playing each other, so we have got to make sure we take advantage."

On Scott Cuthbert's recovery from groin surgery: "He's making good progress. It's been a difficult one for him because he was in such fine form and the team were in such fine form. Then he does that, it sets him back, but it was good news when we saw the specialist last time that it won't be as long. He's chomping at the bit, it's just we've got to make sure he comes back safely and healthy."


Tomorrow's hosts have bounced between League One and Two now for over 50 years, with their last spell in the third tier lasting three years before they finished bottom of the pile last season. It could have been a completely different story however, as Chesterfield reached the League One play-offs in 2015, only to be beaten 4-0 by Preston North End over two legs.


Kick-off is at 3pm on Saturday 13th January at the Proact Stadium.


This game is an all-ticket affair for Town fans, so please ensure you purchase your ticket today and collect it from the Kenilworth Road ticket office, or arrange for collection at Chesterfield.

Adult (21-64): £20
Seniors (65+): £13
17-20 Students: £10
Armed Forces: £10
16 and under: £8


The Hatters played Chesterfield back in September, as a fine finish from Danny Hylton after an inch-perfect ball from Jordan Cook was the only goal of the game. That marked Town's 18th win, the sides have drawn 11 times, with the Spireites also winning the same number of fixtures.


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Town remain top of Sky Bet League Two, three points clear of second place

13 January 2018

The Hatters fell to their first league defeat of 2018 as Chesterfield ran out 2-0 winners at the Proact Stadium this afternoon.

Joe Rowley fired in from Robbie Weir's cross after 19 minutes to give Jack Lester's side the lead, before they doubled their advantage when Jak McCourt fired in from the penalty spot after James Justin was deemed to have fouled Zavon Hines six minutes later.

Town started with the diamond in midfield, with Akin Famewo's impressive midweek performance against Peterborough United enough to earn the 19-year-old his first league start of the season, whilst Elliot Lee came in for the injured Danny Hylton, who missed out due to a tight hamstring.

Chesterfield settled into the game quickly, moving the ball around nicely, but it was the Hatters who had the first real chance of the game, as Aaron Ramsdale doing well to deny Andrew Shinnie at his near post from close range with 15 minutes on the clock, after the Scotsman had been played through by Elliot Lee.

The hosts then took the lead in fine fashion four minutes later, when Rowley got on the end of Weir's low ball into the box from the right, smashing it into the bottom right corner from six yards.

The Spireites had their second 25 minutes in – referee Carl Boyeson pointed to the spot after he adjudged Justin to have tripped Hines in the box as the former West Ham man cut in from the left. McCourt was the man to take it and he dispatched it into the bottom right corner, sending Stech the wrong way to give Jack Lester's side a two-goal cushion.

Shinnie should have halved the deficit ten minutes later after some excellent work on the right from Elliot Lee – the striker nutmegged a defender before teeing up Shinnie eight yards from goal, but he caught it wrong and the ball flew harmlessly over Ramsdale's goal.

After a slow start to the second half, Stech was on hand to keep out Louis Reed's effort on the hour mark, as the Chesterfield midfielder let fly from 25 yards – the keeper diving to his right to palm it away from danger.

The Hatters had it in the back of the net after James Collins picked out Elliot Lee with a quick free-kick, the 23-year-old tapping it through for Harry Cornick to cross in low from the left, Collins tucked it away, but Cornick was offside.

With five minutes remaining, Johnny Mullins powered down the right, before swinging in an excellent cross for Elliot Lee who guided it towards the top left corner, but Ramsdale was able to palm it down before gathering.

Jordan Cook's rasping effort from 25 yards gave Ramsdale something to think about as the keeper did well to get two strong hands on the ball to push it out for a corner with two minutes to go – but the hosts saw out the game to take all three points.

The result sees the Hatters remain top of Sky Bet League Two, now three points clear of second placed Notts County.

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Talbot, Nelson, Maguire, Weir, Reed, McCourt (Dimaio 90+3), Kay, Hines (Binnom-Williams 83), O'Grady, Rowley.

Subs: Parkin, De Girolamo, Dimaio, Kellett, Ofoegbu, Binnom-Williams, Wakefield.

Goal: Rowley 19, McCourt 25

Yellows: Kay, Maguire

Town: Stech, Justin, Mullins, Famewo, Potts, Rea, Berry, Olly Lee (Cornick 28), Berry, Shinnie (Mpanzu 84), Collins (Cook 84), Elliot Lee.

Subs: Stacey, Cook, Cornick, Mpanzu, Senior, D'Ath Shea.

Yellow: Elliot Lee,


AWAY: 1,244


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