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Chesterfield vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 28th April 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
The biggest Chairboys away following of the season will embark on the Proact Stadium as the promotion race hots up with just 180 minutes of the regular season to play.
Wycombe have lost all four league visits to Chesterfield’s new ground but avenged those disappointments with a stunning 5-0 victory in last year’s FA Cup second round clash, in which Scott Kashket bagged a hat-trick. Now they return to the Proact Stadium looking to complete the season with an unbeaten away record in 2018, but more importantly eyeing three points to retain third place with just one match remaining.
Promotion could be secured if Wanderers win, Exeter lose at Stevenage and Notts County fail to win at Grimsby, but Gareth Ainsworth’s mind will be focused solely on the action in front of him rather than checking scorelines elsewhere as Wycombe seek a return to form following last weekend’s loss to Accrington. They have only suffered defeat to one team in the bottom 14 all season – Morecambe, twice – and have hopes of completing the double over the Spireites, who they defeated 1-0 at Adams Park in December.
Chesterfield are already relegated to the National League, and this week parted company with boss Jack Lester and a number of backroom staff, leaving Ainsworth’s former QPR team-mate Ian Evatt in caretaker charge.
Caretaker boss Ian Evatt could make a series of changes after being impressed by the second string’s performance in a local cup final in midweek, Sam Hird, Giles Coke and Dylan Mottley-Henry are injured but former Chairboys striker Gozie Ugwu could return.
Sido Jombati and Adebayo Akinfenwa have made the trip following treatment on groin and calf injuries respectively, while Luke O’Nien is fit again after illness. Anthony Stewart and Dan Scarr are the only absentees.
Man in the Middle
In his first season as an EFL official, Anthony Backhouse has shown 100 yellow and seven red cards in 32 games so far.
This is his first ever game involving the Chairboys, though he was in the middle for the Spireites’ loss at Bradford in the FA Cup.
Wycombe will be in their orange and grey change strip.
Wanderers have sold over 1,000 of their total allocation of 1,880 tickets.
Prices are as follows.
Seniors (65+): £13
Ages 17-20: £10
16 and under: £8
Pre-booked tickets can be posted or made available to collect from Adams Park until 1pm on Friday 27th April, or from 1.30pm from Chesterfield's stadium on the day of the game.
By Adrian Wood
Postcode: S41 8NZ (older sat navs please use S41 8LF)
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M1 (M40 to Junction 10, then A43 towards Northampton). Carry on the M1 to Junction 29. Exit here and take 2nd exit onto the A617 (signposted Chesterfield). After 5.2 miles at roundabout take the 4th exit onto the A61 (signposted Sheffield, Worksop). At the next roundabout take the 1st exit at the Tesco’s roundabout (Lockford Lane). At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Sheffield Road, B6057. The stadium is on the left just past Tesco’s entrance.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 145 (average journey time 2 hours 30 minutes)
Suggested car parking area
Note that the club car park is for permit holders only. There is nearby street parking available on side roads off the Sheffield road - if you arrive early enough. Don't think about parking in the nearby Tesco store, as the car park is patrolled on match days and you may end up having your car towed away.
Fancy using the train?
I have heard that there will be engineering works that will affect the East Midlands Trains service out of London St Pancras International on the day. Travel will be possible out of Kings Cross or Euston but with a minimum of one change. Chesterfield railway station is walkable from the stadium, although it does take between 20 and 30 minutes. If you wish to travel to the ground by bus a 5-minute walk into the town centre will enable you to catch a bus from Cavendish Street. The Club also has a shuttle bus which departs from Rose Hill by the Town Hall.
Facilities for away fans
Away supporters are normally housed in the Rubicon Print Stand at the north end of the stadium, where up to 2,112 supporters can be seated. Unlike most new stadiums, fans are housed pretty close to the pitch, ensuring good views of the playing action. The leg room is good too. The concourses are built to a high standard, with large flat screen to keep fans entertained. Note that cash is not accepted at the turnstiles, entrance is by ticket only. Away fans can purchase their tickets from the small portakabin located outside the Rubicon Print (North) Stand.
Spare time before or after match?
Just across Sheffield Road from the Proact Stadium is the Spireite Pub. The pub has been recently refurbished and welcomes both home and away supporters. Nearest hostelry to the away end is the ‘Derby Tup’, a five minute walk along Sheffield Road. Further on the same road you come to the handily located North Sea Fish and Chip shop and also the Red Lion pub. Other pubs located near to the stadium such as the Stonegravels, do not admit away fans. Whilst the nearby Donkey Derby Pub which also offers food, is very busy on match days and is predominantly for home supporters. If you are in the town centre “The Rutland Arms” just by the church with the famous crooked spire is well worth a visit. Alcohol is also served inside the ground.
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