Vanarama National League – The Hive London – Tuesday 26th February 2019– KO: 19:45
After our FA Trophy run ended last weekend away at AFC Fylde, our attentions now turn back to the league on Tuesday night when Chesterfield make the trip down to The Hive London.
The last time these two sides met was in August 2018 where a late Jack Taylor wondergoal proved to be the difference between the pair with the Bees winning 1-0 at the Proact Stadium.
Manager: John Sheridan
John Sheridan was re-appointed Chesterfield boss in January following the departure of Martin Allen.
The 54-year-old first became the Spireites’ boss back in 2009 and went on to clinch the League Two title and the EFL Trophy in his three years in charge.
Sheridan began his managerial career at Oldham Athletic where he spent eight years at the club before his first spell at Chesterfield. He took charge of Plymouth in 2013 before spending the 2015-16 season at Newport County. The former midfielder then returned to Oldham for a short stint before leaving for Notts County a year before a third spell as Latics manager. Sheridan sat at the helm of Fleetwood but left for Carlisle after just four months in June 2018, his last club before returning to Chesterfield.
As a player, Sheridan began his career at Manchester City before making over 200 appearances in seven years at Leeds United. He signed for Nottingham Forest in 1989 before joining Sheffield Wednesday where he went on to become a League Cup winner. After a short spell on loan at Birmingham and Bolton, Sheridan eventually signed for the latter, where he won the First Division in 1997. He then signed for Doncaster before finishing his career in 2004 whilst at Oldham. Sheridan also made 34 appearances for Republic of Ireland.
One to Watch: Marc-Antoine Fortune
Marc-Antoine Fortune signed for Chesterfield in the summer and has gone on to bag seven goals for the Spireites this season.
The experienced forward, who’s netted three times in his last seven games, has played in the Premier League, Ligue 1, Eredivisie and the Scottish Premier League.
Fortune will be looking to add to his goal tally tomorrow and the Barnet back-line will have to be wary of his experience and goal threat.
Recent League Form:
Chesterfield, who sit 19th in the league, go into tomorrow’s game having won three of their last five league matches.
The Spireites beat Aldershot Town away from home but had to settle for a goalless draw at home to ten-men Barrow. However, they then enjoyed two wins on the bounce, beating Halifax and Fylde 1-0
respectively. They go into tomorrow’s match off the back of a defeat though, losing 1-0 at home to Harrogate Town at the weekend.
Last 5 league games: WDWWL
Midfielder Curtis Weston spent over six years with the Bees. Signing in 2012 from Gillingham, the 31-year-old went on to make over 200 appearances for the club and was also part of our Conference winning side of 2015. Weston also wore the captain’s armband during his time with the Bees and found the net 25 times.
Former Barnet defender Michael Nelson also signed for Chesterfield in the summer. The 38-year-old arrived at The Hive in 2015 following his release from Cambridge United and went on to take up several roles at the club. Alongside his duties on the pitch, Nelson was also the club’s U23 coach before being appointed assistant manager under Graham Westley. However, when Martin Allen re-joined the club last season, he regained his position on the pitch for the remainder of the campaign. The experienced defender made over 100 appearances for the Bees.
As for Barnet, striker Byron Harrison spent a season-and-a-half at Chesterfield. Signing in January 2015, the striker made 12 appearances for the club during the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign. However, he became surplus to requirements the season after and was released from the club in May 2016.
Darren Currie will also come up against his former club after spending two years with the Spireites from 2008 to 2010. The former midfielder made over 30 appearances for the club, finding the net five times.