Match Preview: Chesterfield v Bromley

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The Ravens are back on the road this weekend as they travel to Chesterfield, hoping to make it two wins on the bounce.

Last time out:

Bromley played their first home game of the season in their last fixture and came away with maximum points, beating Eastleigh 3-0 at Hayes Lane.

James Alabi gave the hosts a one-goal advantage going into the break before Corey Whitely and Michael Cheek sealed the Ravens’ first win of the season.

As for Chesterfield, they also came out on top at the weekend, beating King’s Lynn Town 2-0 away from home. 

Summer signing Kabongo Tshimanga netted either side of half-time as the Spireites remain unbeaten going into Saturday’s clash.

A look at the opposition:

Chesterfield will be aiming to return to the Football League after dropping down to the fifth tier in 2018.

With that in mind, the Spireites couldn’t have wished for a better start, winning their opening three games without conceding a goal.

Chesterfield, who were playing League One football in 2017, finished last season in a play-off spot, subsequently losing out on potential promotion to Notts County.

Tomorrow’s opposition are yet to lose or concede on home soil this season, but go into the game having won only once in their last six meetings with the Ravens.

The Ravens will be travelling to the Technique Stadium, a ground which opened in 2010 and has a capacity of just over 10.5k

Who’s in charge? 

James Rowe has taken up the Chesterfield hot-seat since November 2020 and guided the Spireites to a play-off finish in his first season in charge.

The 38-year-old began his managerial career at Aldershot Town, becoming Gary Waddock’s assistant in 2016. 

After a successful spell with the Shots, Rowe then went on to become Gloucester City boss in 2019. After his first season at the club was cut short due to the pandemic, the current Chesterfield boss guided the Tigers to a brilliant start to the 2020-21 campaign before making the move to Derbyshire.

During a playing career which started in the youth set-up at Luton Town and Charlton Athletic respectively, Rowe went on to represent sides such as Histon, Sudbury and Canvey Island.

He hung up his boots at the age of 27 though and went on to become a coach at Birmingham City before taking up a coaching advisor role at the Premier League.

Rowe then became assistant academy manager at West Ham United before gaining a masters degree in coaching through the Johan Cruyff Institute.

Recent meetings:

The last time these two sides met, it was Chesterfield who came out on top, winning 2-1 at Hayes Lane in April.

Jude Arthurs cancelled out Jack Clarke’s 51st minute opener before George Carline bagged the winner, clinching all three points for the Spireites.

That result came 10 days after both sides met in Derbyshire, where this time, it was Bromley who came away the happiest.

Michael Cheek opened the scoring with 19 minutes on the clock before Laurence Maguire netted an equaliser on 74 minutes.

However, just like the 2019-20 season, it proved to be more late drama at the Technique Stadium as Joe Kizzi headed home an 84th minute winner.

Read our Away Day Guide:

All the ticket and travel details can be found within our Away Day Guide!

You can also book your spot on our supporters’ coach which departs Hayes Lane at 8am. Click here for more details.

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