John Sheridan made a number of interesting changes to Chesterfield's starting line-up for the FA Cup match at Earlsmead this afternoon. Kelvin Lomax made a debut in place of Hunt at right-back and Scott Griffiths, who we expected not to play, moved to central defence in place of the rested Ford. Gregor Robertson started at left-back. The midfield had a familiar look to it, with the only change seeing Whitaker move to centre in place of Niven, allowing Ian Morris to start on the left. Up front, Scott Boden and Jordan Bowery were given starts.
Chesterfield kicked off with a ball that looked like a pumpkin. Baptiste got in behind the defence of 4 but was flagged offside. Chesterfield broke from the free kick but Bowery was penalised for a push as Boden and Talbot queued up at the back post.
Chesterfield pressed on 9 and Boden tried to feed Whitaker but the attacking side were crowded out effectively. The ball came to Bowery but he was forced to shoot into the side netting. The game's first corner came to Chesterfield on 11; Whitaker swung it in but it eluded everyone.
Harrow won a corner after defensive work by Drew Talbot; the delivery was met by Baptiste but his effort went over the bar; Bowery fired wide after being set up by Boden on 19. Morris worked an opening on 22 and shot at goal; the keeper punched and the ball spooned onto the crossbar before bouncing to safety. Bowery broke with pace on 23 and put the ball onto his right foot before shooting; although goalkeeper Jupp made a decent save, Bowery will consider that he could have done better with the one-on-one.
Harrow came back and won a corner but the danger was nullified by a foul on Robertson as the ball came over. A Talbot shot was blocked and Bowery headed against the bar; in a proper scramble Jupp came to his side's rescue with two tremendous saves on 34 to deny Whitaker.
The ball clipped off Mattis for Borough's fourth corner, on 41. Talbot headed the ball away and Bowery completed the clearance. Bowery was shoved over near the edge of the borough box on 43 but was surprised to see a free kick given the other way. The halftime whistle blew with the game goalless, Chesterfield created the better chances but their failure to take any left John Sheridan with plenty to think about.
Harrow's Clarke got the better of Robertson on 48 and shot, but the ball went tamely to Lee. Bowery had a great chance after Boden battled for the opening, but Jupp saved at the expense of a corner, which was easily cleared. Borough won a corner on 51; Baptiste had a decent chance after Allott attempted to clear but he rather snatched at it, and sliced the ball over.
Derek Niven replaced Ian Morris on 53, allowing Whitaker to go wide left. Griffiths was forced into good work at the back, blocking a cross to concede a corner that Lee gathered well. Having made a decent startto the half, Harrow were visibly more confident than at any time in the game.
With 61 minutes gone, Craig Davies came on for Jordan Bowery. Nakajima was replaced by Delgardo on 67.
Borough were given a life when Niven's well-struck shot was parried by Jupp on 70. Perhaps the visitors' greater fitness was beginning to tell; Chesterfield won a corner after Leach prevented Tablot's cross from reaching the goal; another corner resulted from this, although Griffiths went down with a knock. From Whitaker's corner SCOTT BODEN was given a free header and gave Chesterfield a welcome lead, on 74.
Dean Morgan made a comeback appearance from the bench on 79 to replace the goal scorer, Boden. Harrow won a corner on 81 and Watts' cross came to Troy Hewitt at the back post, who headed narrowly wide. Chesterfield were given a free kick as the fourth official announced the playing of three additional minutes; Davies blasted it at the goalkeeper, who put both hands up to beat the ball away. In stoppage time CRAIG DAVIES took a return pass from Whitaker to knock the ball past Jupp and seal a place in round two for Chesterfield.