Chesterfield: Step into unknown for Spireites ace

Drew Talbot
Drew Talbot

Spireites right-back Drew Talbot has no idea what to expect from this weekend’s FA Cup visitors, writes Phil Tooley

Southern League Central Division One side Daventry Town have been absent from league games of late as their last half dozen fixtures have all been in knockout competitions, the FA Cup and FA Trophy.

In the league they’re flying with eight wins in their nine games.

But Talbot said of the Northamptonshire side four tiers below Chesterfield: “Maybe it’ll be the game that we need, but we’ve all seen the shocks so we’ll have to prepare properly for the game.

“I don’t know anything about them, to be honest, and that’s no disrespect to them.

“but maybe it will be a chance for us to nick a couple of goals, we’ll have to wait and see.”

The Spireites haven’t won for seven league matches after making a flying start and topping League Two.

Chesterfield have lost home games to non-league Basingstoke Town (2006), Morecambe (2002) and Enfield (1999) since reaching the 1997 semi-final stage, but none have resided as far down the pyramid as Darran Foster’s Purple Army.

One man in Foster’s side will have some idea of what to expect.

Skipper Liam Dolman played half a dozen FA Cup games in his spell as a defender at Northampton Town.

The only Daventry man with league experience, he played in three ties for the Cobblers, against Darlington, Walsall and Leeds United. All were drawn before a winning replay against Darlington and losses in the other two ties.

Dolman’s only goal in 45 league appearances for Northampton came in a 1-1 draw at home to Danny Wilson’s Hartlepool United in 2008 at a time when Spireites full-back Ritchie Humphreys was in Pools’ 11 and chief executive Chris Turner was director of sport at Victoria Park.