Moors’ first encounter of 2021 comes at the Technique Stadium where Chesterfield host Jimmy Shan’s men in the Vanarama National League on Saturday afternoon (2nd January, 3pm).
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The two sides have been without a game since 19th December, where both progressed in the Buildbase FA Trophy. Chesterfield’s period in isolation has meant a two-week break over the festive period for both clubs, who now face each other twice in the space of four days.
The Spireites have been in fine form since the appointment of James Rowe, winning four of his first five matches in all competitions, conceding just once. Last time out in the league, Chesterfield put six past Barnet with former Moors striker Akwasi Asante netting a hat-trick.
Solihull Moors responded well to back-to-back defeats against Sutton United and Bromley, as a 2-1 win over FC Halifax Town was followed up by a four-goal victory over Farsley Celtic in the FA Trophy.
Moors sit 14th in the Vanarama National League table having only played 11 games – three points on Saturday could leapfrog the team to the play-off places. Chesterfield are three points and four places below the Moors, despite playing two more games.
In the Opposite Dugout – James Rowe
After being released by Charlton Athletic at the age of 18, Rowe joined Ilkeston Town and then Histon, where he scored 30 goals as an 18-year-old before a serious knee injury interrupted his progress.
Spells at Heybridge Swifts, Stamford, Grantham Town and Rugby Town followed before he returned to Histon. He then had stints at Needham Market, AFC Sudbury, Leiston and Canvey Island.
In 2010, Rowe began working for Birmingham City in a part-time academy coaching role, which allowed him to continue to play and he joined Leamington.
In 2013, following a gap in his playing career due to his coaching commitments, he rejoined former club Canvey Island.
After a spell as West Ham’s assistant academy manager, he attended the Johan Cruyff Institute in Amsterdam, where he earned a master’s degree in coaching.
In the summer of 2016, Rowe was appointed assistant manager of Aldershot Town, helping manager Gary Waddock guide the Shots to two successive play-off positions.
He was appointed manager of Gloucester City in November 2019 and led them to the top of the National League North table before being named manager of Chesterfield 12 months later.
One to watch – Akwasi Asante
No stranger to the Moors, Akwasi Asante has started his Chesterfield career in red hot form. The striker has netted four goals, including a hat-trick, since his move from Gloucester and will no doubt be looking to land a blow on his former employers.
Callum Howe (knee) and Adam Rooney (hamstring) remain the two long-term absentees.
Striker Cameron Archer is available for selection, with his loan from Aston Villa expiring on January 3rd.
Solihull Moors supporters can watch every kick of the action at the Technique Stadium for just £10.
The hosts are live streaming the fixture and match passes are available to purchase via the link below:
For those not watching on the live stream, Switch Radio are providing live commentary of the clash, with the build-up starting from 2pm on switchradio.co.uk.
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