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Match Report


Posted Sat 05 Nov 11 at 18:29 PM

Spireites 2 Glovers 2

Chesterfield Manager John Sheridan made six changes to the side beaten at Brentford last time out for the visit of Yeovil Town. The defence was completely remodelled: Newcastle loanee goalkeeper Ole Soderberg replaced Greg Fleming between the sticks, while Simon Ford was recalled to replace the absent Drew Talbot. Dwayne Mattis and Neal Trotman were united in central defence for the first time, while Nathan Smith resumed at left-back, having featured in midfield in the last two matches.

In midfield, Alex Mendy and Craig Westcarr formed the wings, while Lee Johnson and Mark Allott were the centre pairing; Jordan Bowery came in to partner Leon Clarke up front.

Chesterfield made a decent start with the first move of the day but a misplaced pass was soon propelled to the edge of the Chesterfield penalty area, where Agard was brought down. The free kick was blocked by Clarke in the wall.

The Spireites claimed an early lead after Johnson's cross was channelled goalwards by Westcarr. The keeper saved, but pushed the ball towards JORDAN BOWERY, who pounced gleefully to turn the ball home from close range.

In a period of dominance, Chesterfield created chances Bowery (inches away from a ball that flashed across the box) and for Johnson (whose shot from a Bowery pull-down flew inches wide) before Soderberg in the home goal had to do anything of note, holding an Upson shot from distance, on 17.

Returning to the attack, a Westcarr crossed and Clarke knock down to Bowery, whose shot was well saved by the keeper, sticking out a hand and hoping, as he slid across goal the other way. Two more chances fell Chesterfield's way before Trotman forced the goalie's second great save; his well-placed header from a Johnson corner was bound for the top corner until Stech stuck out a hand and somehow turned the ball against a post and away.

Undeservedly, Chesterfield were pegged back on 28. An Upson through ball ran between defenders who were all perhaps caught too far up the field, and Massey was able to run through and slip the ball past the advancing Soderberg.

Play returned to the other end and Johnson saw a shot from the edge of area palmed clear.

For Yeovil, Gilbert replaced the injured Jones on 42. An Upson shot deflected off Mattis for a corner on 44; in stoppage time Bowery ran into the Yeovil box with the ball and appeared to be brought down by Purse. The crowd roared its approval as the referee ran purposefully forward and pointed to the spot - or, at least, close to the spot - he was actually indicating "goal kick."

Halftime: 1-1 Attendance: 5,882 (220 away)

Yeovil showed first after the resumption, with Gilbert overlapping onto an Agard pass before shooting wide. Chesterfield regained the lead on 55 with a well taken goal. JORDAN BOWERYlatched on to a defence-splitting pass from Clarke and bore down on goal before lobbing the onrushing keeper from around 25 yards. Time stood still as the ball described a high loop before dropping into the net, despite N'Gala's attempt to keep it out.

Jordan might have had a hat-trick three minutes later; pouncing on a weak back-pass he rounded the keeper but was forced to wide to be able to find the net with his left foot

Yeovil tried to change the game by bringing on two subs in the 63rd minute, replacing Blizzard and Clifford with O'Brien and Williams. Bowery held off Purse to see a shot deflected for a corner, and Ford's powerful, goal-bound header from Johnson's flag kick was miraculously palmed onto the bar by Stech. Allott, who was having a good second half, dragged the ball through three challenges before finding Westcarr, whose shot was deflected behind.

Yeovil began to come more into it, but their equaliser still had an unexpected air about it, on the overall balance of play. After struggling through two other fouls on his way, Upson was brought down, 25 yards out. The free kick came off the training ground and smith might have recognised this, as he left the wall to try to intercept a pass down the side; he could only turn it into the path of Ehmer, whose crossed was cruelly turned into his own net by the outstretched boot of Mark Allott.

Chesterfield came close to regaining the lead on 80 but, again, luck helped the visitors out. Mendy's header from a Johnson corner came off the woodwork (or, to some, was brought out of the net after going over the line) and became loose; Clarke pounced, but was pulled back, and the ball ended up nestling between the legs of the Yeovil keeper, sat on his goal line.

After that, urgency took over from composure and Chesterfield struggled to play the sort of football that had rattled Yeovil on occasions, so the visitors gave the appearance of finishing the stronger. Whitaker replaced Ford on 80 and Allott was booked after an injury-time fracas threatened to boil over, and the game petered out to a draw.


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