Chesterfield: Spireites aim to beat the big freeze

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Spireites officials are confident the weekend’s home game against Southend United will beat the weather.

A layer of snow has been left on the pitch to insulate it from the frost and with temperatures set to rise above freezing over the next 48 hours, the club anticipates that all will be well when the groundstaff remove the snow.

Drew Talbot’s broken toe is improving but the game will probably come a week too soon for him. Spireites boss Paul Cook is set to field the same side that beat Northampton Town 3-0 last time out. That means transfer listed Neal Trotman will continue in the heart of the defence with new recruits Richard Brindley and striker Armand Gnanduillet, recruited from on the bench. Back from suspension Conor Townsend will also return to the squad.

With the transfer window open for only another week, Cook also has striker Scott Boden on the transfer list whilst another deemed surplus to requirements, Jack Waddle, is on loan at Sheffield FC.