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Pemberton could add to squad ahead of Chesterfield's belated start

Chesterfield will hope to finally get their National League campaign underway at home to Hartlepool United tomorrow night.

Their scheduled opening day fixture at Wealdstone on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, meaning the Spireites will be itching to get started when United visit.

And speaking to the Derbyshire Times, boss John Pemberton says he was surprised their weekend game didn't go ahead - the squad already on their way down to London when they heard the news.

He said: "We were surprised that it was called off - we had no idea about it being in any doubt or anything.

“We were disappointed because we were ready to play. I would rather have had a game under our belts to assess where we are.”

Pemberton added that he hopes to add further to his squad - possibly ahead of the Hartlepool game - with goalkeeper Dylan Wharton already having signed a one-year deal despite initially being released in the summer. He will provide cover to Kyle Letheren with Luke Coddington currently injured.

The Spireites boss said: "There is something simmering but we just want to make sure it is going to be right for us.

“All the time I am looking at what we need and, long-term, the balance of the team. So we might be missing a couple of players at the moment but long-term I don’t just want to try and fill those gaps because they are missing, because when we get them back in a week or whatever then I need the balance of the squad right so that is really where we are at the moment.”