Huddersfield Town vs Chesterfield

Huddersfield Town story posted by Andy Dixon on 02/04/2003
It has been another dramatic week for the terriers and their fans. The debt riddled club finally went in administration in an attempt to avoid going into extinction.Huddersfield Town vs Chesterfield

As the administrators seek to find a buyer for Huddersfield Town, it has emerged that the David Taylor quoted debt of ?6 million has been boosted up to ?17 million. Surprisingly most of the extra debt is due to ?9 million being owed to former Chairman, Barry Rubery.

Nevertheless, attention will switch back to the pitch this Saturday as the terriers play host to struggling Chesterfield. On the brink of division three, new Town boss Mel Machin will look upon this fixture as a must win match for his side to survive in division two.

With only three home games remaining, it looks like an arduous task to keep Town in the league, considering championship hopefuls Wigan Athletic and play-off contenders Oldham Athletic are still to visit the McAlpine.

Saturday's game will be Machin's second match in control, after he replaced Mick Wadsworth last Wednesday. He will have a relatively full-strength squad to pick from, with the exception of goalkeeper Scott Bevan and defenders Nathan Clarke and Gareth Evans. Hopefully Machin will be able to find the winning combination which has not been seen since March 1st when Northampton were unconvincingly beaten 2-0.

Last weekend Town were bitterly unlucky to lose 3-2 to fellow relegation battlers Notts County. The initial Machin imposed permutations appeared to be successful as Town led twice away from home only to suffer from two careless second half penalties. Meanwhile, Chesterfield were defeated 2-1 away at Tranmere Rovers.

The terriers last home game was an uninspiring 2-1 loss at the hands of fourth placed Bristol City, while Chesterfield's last home game was an outstanding 4-0 hammering of mid-table Wycombe Wanderers.

The first home game for Mel Machin as manager should make for an interesting experience, especially since a victory is vital with only five games left after this one. Hopefully there will be a good atmosphere for arguably Town's 'easiest' home game in the run-in to the climax of the rollercoaster campaign. Phill, if he still attends the matches, will concoct another match report for you all to devour (fingers crossed).

Andy's Prediction:
After predicting that Town would lose 4-0 to Cardiff then 4-0 to Plymouth (because I wanted the same luck we had against Cardiff to continue), I feel as if I should continue the trend and predict a 4-0 win for Chesterfield. I pray that this will mean Town will triumph once more.

Previous Meeting:
Saturday, 30th November 2002:
Chesterfield 1 vs 0 Huddersfield Town (Division 2 match)

Chesterfield's One to Watch:
Glynn Hurst
This 27 year-old attacker might be a handful if unmarked, as proven by his six goals so far this season. Brown and Moses should also be wary of the striker's five yellow cards, we don't want them to give him the opportunity to dive, consequently conceding another penalty.

Form Guide:
Terriers - (six matches ago) LLLDLL (last match)
Spireites - (six matches ago) LWDLWL (last match)


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