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14 December 2019 Venue Proact Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Preview: Chesterfield (A)

Get ready for our first ever Trophy tie

13 December 2019

Chesterfield is our destination this weekend as we make our inaugural appearance in the Buildbase FA Trophy.

We enter the competition at the first-round proper stage and will be hoping to secure progress in a tournament which promises two teams a trip to Wembley in the final.

The match kicks off at the earlier time of 1pm and both clubs have agreed to settle the tie on the day, with extra time and penalties available if required.

Neal Ardley will be pitting his wits against former Notts manager John Sheridan and coach Mark Crossley, who are desperate to turn the bottom-of-the-table Spireites' form around.

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Ardley says...

"Chesterfield are a big club who were in League One not so long ago but they've had a tough time of it.

"They didn’t quite get going at the start of the season, they've had injuries and whatnot and the momentum hasn’t been able to build. They've been fighting for a while, which isn't easy.

"Somehow we came away with a 1-0 defeat earlier in the season but I would happily take the performance levels from that game, just adding that spark in the final third that we lacked that day."

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Chesterfield coach Crossley says...

"The goals we're giving away are amateur. If we keep making silly mistakes then we've got no chance. Defensive errors are absolutely killing us.

"We might have to start throwing some of the kids in, young (Charlie) Wakefield and people like that.

“You don’t like to put too much pressure on young lads when you are struggling but we might need those lads to come in and hopefully give us that lift that we need.”

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Team news

Jim O'Brien is ready to make his long-awaited return from the arm injury he suffered at Bromley earlier this season, while Alex Lacey is in line to make his debut.

There could be more changes, too, after Ardley revealed he felt there are other players in his squad who deserve an opportunity to impress.

Chesterfield have several injury problems and look set to use this match as an opportunity to assess the readiness of some of their youngsters.

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Head to head

We'll be hoping to avenge our October defeat at the Proact, when a Gevaro Nepomuceno goal was enough to earn the hosts a 1-0 victory in front of the BT Sport cameras.

Our last win at Chesterfield came in 2011, when Ben Burgess and Alan Judge were on the scoresheet in a 3-1 victory in League One.

Chesterfield wins: 21

Draws: 18

Notts wins: 28

The officials

Referee: Samuel Barrott

Assistant referees: Martin Chester, Adam Burgess

Fourth official: Scott Tallis

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Match Reports

Chesterfield 0-1 Notts

Dennis wins the day as we progress in FA Trophy

14 December 2019

Kristian Dennis came back to haunt his former club by scoring the winner in our 1-0 victory at Chesterfield in the Buildbase FA Trophy.

The forward turned home his ninth goal of the season late in the second half to send us into the second round on a cold afternoon in Derbyshire.

It wasn't all plain sailing, however, as injuries to Jim O'Brien - on his return from a lengthy lay-off - and Sam Slocombe saw both players leave the field in the first half.

Neal Ardley kept true to his word by handing a number of players an opportunity to impress him.

While Slocombe kept his place in goal and Connell Rawlinson remained in central defence, they were surrounded by fresh faces as Zoumana Bakayogo, Dion Kelly-Evans and debutant Alex Lacey came into the back line.

O’Brien took the captain’s armband alongside Regan Booty in central midfield, with Sam Osborne and Sean Shields providing the width.

Up front, Nathan Tyson partnered Dennis as Wes Thomas dropped to the bench. Kyle Wootton was spared the trip.

Tom Crawford was named on a substitutes’ bench also featuring Jake Kean, Damien McCrory, and Michael Doyle, with the likes of Richard Brindley, Mitch Rose, Ben Turner and Enzio Boldewijn rested altogether.

Following a quiet opening 10 minutes, the first half-chance of the match fell to Rawlinson when he rose highest to meet Shields’ corner. He couldn’t direct his header on target.

A minute later, Bakayogo denied our hosts a certain goal when he positioned himself on the goal line to block Joe Rowley’s shot.

The flurry of chances continued as Dennis was denied by Shwan Jalal with a shot from the edge of the area moments before Slocombe made two saves in quick succession, pushing Charlie Wakefield’s effort wide before nudging Rowley’s header over the bar from the subsequent corner.

A double blow was to follow as O’Brien hobbled off the field after sustaining an injury near the halfway line minutes before Slocombe was forced off after requiring treatment. Doyle came into midfield and Kean took his place between the sticks for his first appearance.

And the former Blackburn keeper, who is also our keeper coach, appeared to get a crucial fingertip to Rowley’s shot moments after entering the fray, diverting the ball on to the crossbar.

Shortly afterwards, Kean was back in action as he denied Mandeville with his legs to ensure the sides returned to the changing rooms level.

There were no changes for either side during the interval and a total crowd of 931, featuring 336 travelling Magpies, had little to write home about in the opening exchanges of the second half as shots from Mandeville and Tyson, which flashed wide of the respective keepers’ near posts, were the only notable moments.

Osborne threatened to spark the match into life shortly after the hour when he was released into the right-hand channel before seeing Jalal save his well-struck effort.

And the winger showed good feet to draw the game’s first booking out of David Buchanan moments later, the Spireites skipper being suckered in to a foul near halfway.

We were enjoying a decent spell and nearly had the lead when Lacey met Booty’s corner with a powerful downward header, only for Jalal to keep the ball out with an instinctive save.

Then it was our hosts’ turn to spurn a good opportunity of their own as Gevaro Nepomuceno, who scored the winner in this season’s league encounter, latched on to a bouncing ball over the top only to fire it over from a tight angle in the area.

Nepomuceno threatened to scamper in on goal moments later but was illegally halted by Lacey, who entered the book.

It looked like extra time was looming – but Osborne had other ideas as on 72 minutes he surged into space down the right and drilled a low cross along the six-yard box where Dennis was on hand to turn the ball home in typical poacher’s style.

Our hosts immediately set about restoring parity, Curtis Weston turning the ball wide with an acrobatic effort from near the penalty spot minutes before Crawford replaced Tyson, who had been suffering with cramp.

But, despite four minutes added time, Chesterfield were unable to muster a response as we progressed to round two.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Chesterfield (A)

Available on the day only

13 December 2019

Tickets for our visit to Chesterfield in the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday 14 December (kick-off 1pm) are available from the Proact Stadium only.

Sales will be available from the North Stand ticket office.

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Category Price
Adult £11
65 and over £6
Under 17  £4

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In line with Chesterfield’s policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those claiming Disability Living Allowance at the middle/higher rate or PIP advanced rate.

Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from our ticket office. They are priced at the appropriate age-related price for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Supporters looking to purchase wheelchair tickets are advised to contact Chesterfield directly on 01246 269 300.

Please note - tickets for disabled supporters are not available online.

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Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 11am.

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £12

General under 18: £8

Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £11

Season ticket holder under 18: £7

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