Plymouth Argyle's Jamie Lowry expecting a tough battle against old friends
IT WILL be reunion time for Argyle midfielder Jamie Lowry when Chesterfield visit Home Park tomorrow.
Lowry spent nine years with Chesterfield, from the age of 16, until leaving the Derbyshire club in the summer.
He was snapped up by Argyle as a free agent in July, but has remained in contact with several of his former Spireites team-mates.
Chesterfield were relegated from League One last season but expected to challenge for an immediate promotion this term.
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However, they made a poor start, which led to the early departure of manager John Sheridan, while Tommy Wright took over as caretaker boss.
Chesterfield's results continued to be erratic and Accrington Stanley manager Paul Cook was appointed by the Spireites at the end of October.
Lowry admitted the first fixtures he looked for after signing for Argyle were the home and away games against Chesterfield.
He said: "I was there a long time and I still have a lot of good friends at the club. I speak to them quite regularly.
"With what has been going on up there, they have kept me in the know. I have a lot of good laughs with them."
Chesterfield are coming off back-to-back home wins against Oxford United (2-1) last Saturday and Cheltenham Town (4-1) on Tuesday.
Lowry said: "They have picked up a few decent results lately.
"They have had a new manager come in and the lads said he's working them hard and they are really impressed with him.
"They are on the turnaround from the poor start they had so it's going to be a tough game for us.
"I expect them to be in our faces and that it will be played at a high tempo."
Lowry was taken on by Chesterfield as a scholarship player in 2003 after leaving school in the Cornish seaside resort of Newquay.
He then signed his first professional contract three years later, and made his senior debut for the Spireites in a 2-1 home win against West Ham United in a League Cup tie in October 2006.
Lowry said: "My family originate from up there (Chesterfield) so I went for a trial when I left school.
"I always wanted to be a professional footballer and the first opportunity came at Chesterfield. Thankfully, it worked out."
Lowry attended some of Argyle's development centres as a schoolboy but he never made it to the centre of excellence at Ivybridge.
Argyle's loss proved to be Chesterfield's gain, though, as he went on to make 111 starts and 16 substitute appearances at first team level.
Those numbers would have been higher had it not been for a cruciate knee ligament injury which kept him sidelined from October 2009 to February 2011.
Lowry admitted it was a wrench to leave Chesterfield in the summer, but first team opportunities had been limited for him after recovering from his knee injury, which led to a short loan spell with Crewe Alexandra last term.
He said: "It was quite tough to leave, having been there all of my career, but I think the time was right anyway to move on.
"I wasn't playing regularly after my injury. I had a tough time with that. I needed a few more games and it wasn't working out there.
"Now I'm down here and hoping to crack on and keep improving."
Argyle have not won any of their last six league games, losing five of them, but Lowry believes their performances have deserved better reward than that.
He pointed to the 2-2 draw at home to table-topping Gillingham on November 10 as an example of that. Lowry said: "The performance was there against Gillingham and that's probably our benchmark now.
"We have got to try to aim for that kind of performance consistently.
"But, at the end of the day, we want the three points more than anything tomorrow. We will take that over a good performance."