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Spireites v Dale: Preview

20 August 2012

Dale face Chesterfield this Tuesday night in the first away match of the new season

August, 7.45pm kick-offst Proact Stadium, Tuesday 21
npower League Two: Chesterfield v Rochdale

It has been exactly four months since Rochdale made the trip to what was then known as the B2net Stadium to face Chesterfield in one of the final games of the 2011/12 season.

signaled the end of a two season spell in the third tier of English football for Rochdale, but despite the three points giving Chesterfield hope for one more week, they were eventually relegated to League Two along with Dale.st The 2-1 win for the Spireites on April 21

Much has changed since that last meeting, and with the arrival of 15 new faces to Spotland over the summer months, Manager John Coleman takes a new look Dale side to the Proact Stadium for the first away trip of the new season.

Rochdale head into the encounter on the back of Saturday’s well deserved draw at home to Northampton, while Chesterfield will be looking to get off the mark following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of AFC Wimbledon.

Spireites Manager John Sheridan is said to have fully fit squad to choose from for the encounter, while Dale remain without the injured trio of Matty Edwards (wrist), Reece Gray (ankle) and Luke Watson (knee).


Match officials
Chesterfield were 2-1 winners over Dale when the two teams met back in April. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro had put Rochdale ahead on 73 minutes, but late goals from Scott Boden and Danny Whitaker saw the Spireites come from behind to snatch victory.
, 2012: Chesterfield 2-1 Rochdale stSaturday, April 21
Last meeting

Fourth Official - David Benton
Richard Wigglesworth and David Storrie
Referee – Richard Clark


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