Chesterfield v Notts County build up

By Dane Vincent
Last updated : 23 October 2008

Last time: Weir-Daley scored at Saltergate last year...
With Mansfield Town relegated last season, tomorrow's match will be just about as close to a local derby as Notts will get this year.

The atmosphere should replicate one, as County are expected to take in excess of 1,000 followers to Saltergate.

A much fiercer game is expected than this fixture last season, as the Spireites were unable to clinch a spot in the play-offs and the Magpies had successfully secured their league status the week prior.

This time around, both outfits appear capable of securing a top seven finish and a victory on Saturday will go a long way to boosting any hopes of doing so.

Spencer Weir-Daley had put Notts ahead on the final day of last season, but former Nottingham Forest striker, Jack Lester cancelled it out on 59 minutes.

It is County that sit higher in the table this term in 12th place. Chesterfield are just two spots below in 14th - just one point behind.

Their position was significantly aided by a 5-1 drubbing of Aldershot Town earlier in the week, which secured them their first win in six games.

Notts on the other hand were lucky to come away with a share of the spoils, following a late comeback from two goals down through Richard Butcher and Delroy Facey strikes.

It is this fighting spirit, along with Chesterfield's distinctly average home form, that will give Ian McParland's side the belief to walk away with their third win of the season.

If they do, they will have equalled the number of wins obtained last season away from Meadow Lane.

County have an impressive record against Saturday's opponents, winning 24 and drawing 17 of the 55 meetings between the sides.

This included a draw and a win last year, as Notts claimed four points from the eight placed finishers.

Unbeaten in 11, it is the visitors that are in the better vein of form, but an injury crisis could cost them dearly.

Notts. County Match Reports

Sky Bet League Two Sat 9th December 15:00

Luton Town 1 - 1 Notts County

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