Bucks braced for big Spireites crowd

Derek Niven.
Derek Niven.

Buxton are set to welcome a full-strength Chesterfield side to the Silverlands on Saturday.

The newly-promoted Spireites make the short trip across Derbyshire for the first friendly of both side’s pre-season.

Ahead of the meeting (3pm kick-off), Bucks boss Martin McIntosh says former Chesterfield favourite Derek Niven is assured of a warm reception.

Niven, aged 30, made nearly 300 appearances for the Spireites and scored the last-ever goal at Saltergate.

McIntosh said: “Derek is a favourite of the Chesterfield fans.

“I’m sure he’s in for a good reception on Saturday.

“It should be a good match because Paul Cook has told me he’s bringing across a strong side.

“Hopefully we can get a good crowd in so it should be a good spectacle.”

McIntosh says Paul Cook’s side could be in for a difficult season upon their return to the third tier.

He added: “It’s difficult to tell how they’ll do this year.

“There’s a not a great deal between League One and League Two, and I think my old club Rotherham showed that last season when they went up again.

“I wish Paul all the best though and I thank him for agreeing to bring a full-strength side here on Saturday.”