CHESTERFIELD’S Wembley opponents in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley on Sunday, March 25 will be Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon Town.
Swindon beat Barnet 1-0 last night in the second leg of the Southern Area final to take the tie 2-1 on aggregate. Alan Connell scored the goal that sent the Robins through to Wembley.
The two sides have met twice in cup competitions with one win each. Swindon won a home FA Cup tie 2-1 way back in 1935 whilst Ray McHale scored the only goal in Spireites’ 1973 League Cup win. The Robins are four times Wembley winners, three times in play-off finals plus the 1969 League Cup when they beat Arsenal.
Tickets for the showpiece final go on sale next week, priced from £26 to £46, initially to season ticket holders.
Meanwhile midfielder Jimmy Juan is progressing well as he recovers from a calf injury.
The Frenchman has stepped up his recovery though a return for the Charlton Athletic match on Saturday looks somewhat optimistic. He could be an outside bet to return for Spireites trip to Bury next Tuesday.
Craig Westcarr (ankle) is further ahead and will definitely be in contention for the league leaders’ visit to the B2net. He’s missed the last half a dozen games with the injury sustained in the home loss against Exeter City.
Striker Nicky Ajose will be hoping for a start after his second half introduction in the defeat at Carlisle United last weekend. The initial view of the 20-year-old borrowed from Peterborough United was that he will have a huge part to play in Spireites attempt to extract themselves from the drop zone.
Wednesday’s defeat last night in the FA Cup means their visit to the B2net on February 18 will go ahead.