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Match Report


Posted Sat 21 Jan 12 at 17:47 PM

U's 1 Spireites 2

Chesterfield made three changes to the side that recorded a narrow advantage over Oldham in the Johnstone's Paints Trophy in midweek, by restoring Neal Trotman, Liam Ridehalgh and Mark Allott to the side. They replaced Simon Ford, Danny Whitaker and Jimmy Juan, the latter having picked up a knock in the Oldham game.

Chesterfield allowed Wordsworth to break through from the start, almost, and Lee had to be alert to come out and force the ball away in the opening minute. The U's won the game's first corner on 4 when Thompson deflected an effort wide; from the kick, Lee claimed the ball well at the back post. Chesterfield went up the other end after Thompson built from the back and Boden and Talbot combined to force their side's first corner. Ridehalgh's kick was a good one but was cleared; The Spireites kept possession, though, and JACK LESTER got enough of a head to a Talbot cross to give the visitors a seventh-minute lead.

Colchester came back and Lee came out to try to claim but had to watch as the ball went just over Wordsworth's head with the goal at his mercy.

The referee's whistle came to Colchester's rescue when Trotman challenged the ex­-Spireite loanee Williams and headed onto the U's bar from a Davis cross on 11.

Colchester responded to going behind by owning the greater share of possession in the period thereafter. The occasional break relieved the pressure but the defence were being tested. Duguid took the ball off Talbot in the area and slipped it into the net on 17, but he was judged to have fouled Drew in doing so.

Talbot played the ball to Lester's feet on 20 and Jack turned in the area, but Williams saw him coming and shut out the danger. At the other end Davis worked hard to break up Colchester's next attack. Lester took the ball forward from halfway on 21 and, feeling starved of options, blasted a shot wide from around thirty yards.

Davies shot hard on 26 and Williams had to have two goes at claiming it. Ridehalgh took another corner to the back post on 29 and Talbot picked up the clearance, but United broke from their own area and Hurst threw himself in front of Wordsworth to block.

Colchester equalised on 32 when Allott's pass didn't reach Thompson and Gillespie ran at the defence before firing past Lee from close to the edge of the area. Unite very nearly scored another straight away from the same source. Thompson fouled some forty yards out but Ridehalgh cut out a cross from the free-kick move. Robertson intercepted to deny a shot on goal after a fine ball split the Chesterfield defence on 35.

A Gillespie shot was blocked for a corner by Thompson on 39, and Lee gathered at the second attempt. A Talbot cross deflected for a corner to Chesterfield on 41. Williams came but wasn't convincing, and another corner resulted. Thompson rose and headed the ball wide of the angle of post and crossbar.

A foul by Wordsworth on Hurst gave Chesterfield a free kick in a promising position on 44. Ridehalgh took it and found the head of JOSH THOMPSON, who beat Williams from close range to restore Chesterfield's lead.

Straight away Colchester won a corner but it drifted beyond everyone; a free kick had been awarded, though, for a push as the ball came over.

Half time: U's 1 Spireites 2. Attendance: 3,312 (289 from Chesterfield.)

United took up the running from the resumption. A Colchester corner on 48 was recovered and returned by Duguid, but Trotman got above everyone to head away. Chesterfield were caught out when the ball was knocked over Hurst's head but nothing came of the cross, to the visitors' relief.

United brought Gavin Massey, the Watford loanee, on for Bond after 53 minutes. With an hour gone the home fans were beginning to get a little frustrated at a perceived lack of urgency on their side's part, but that was due as much to some good organisation in the visitors' defence and midfield.

Gillespie crossed on 58 and Wordsworth claimed hands after sidefooting a shot goalwards, but his was the only claim, and play continued. Massey shot first time from 20 yards on 59 but Lee held with reassuring safety. Massey provided fresh impetus to United's attacks and had two opportunities to shoot on 52.

Ridehalgh took a heavy tackle on 53 and needed treatment from Jamie Hewitt before being able to continue. Chesterfield's workrate was appreciably good and was a factor in their creating some half-chances of their own, and keeping decent possession in their opponents' half. The ball fell to Ridehalgh on the penalty spot on 70 but he couldn't do a "Jack" and turn to get a shot away; Allott and Talbot worked to keep possession and win a corner, though, but Thompson was judged to have fouled as the ball came over.

Lee leapt well to gather a cross ahead of the incoming Massey on 71.Thompson flicked another Spireite corner on to Lester in front of goal on 72 but Jack couldn't get the ball out from under his feet before it was cleared. A momentary lapse of concentration in the Spireite rearguard gave Gillespie a great chance from a headed cut-back on 74 but his shot flew wide. Lester and Ridehalgh worked together to set up Boden with a clear chance on the left-hand side of the area, but Scott's shot drifted agonisingly wide of the post.

Massey outpaced Trotman on 77 but his cutback was tracked and intercepted by the Chesterfield defence. Thompson caught the eye, making two big headed clearances within seconds of eachother on 80 minutes. Lester and Boden combined on 85 but the ball ran too far in front of Scott to allow him possession. Jordan Bowery replaced Boden shortly after.

Bowery's first involvement was to take a Talbot pass and round his man. Lester helped it on to Ridehalgh but the left-midfielder opted for a second touch on the edge of the area, and the opportunity passed. Colchester broke, but Henderson skied a fantastic chance - perhaps their most clear-cut of the game - and the travelling Spireites breathed again.

The game entered three minutes of stoppage time, but Lee's relaxed approach to a goal kick probably saw another added on.

Gillespie picked up a loose ball in midfield and found Lloyd-James, but desperation was evident in his shot, which flew high, wide and handsome. Allott had to be on hand to clear as the next ball flew agonisingly across the goal. When the ball was returned, Lee fell onto it.

Bowery took off down the wing again and crossed for Davis, whose effort flew over the bar. The goal kick had hardly been taken when the referee brought the game to an end. Chesterfield thus avoided setting a new club record for league games without a win and results elsewhere helped the situation at the bottom close up, with five points now standing between Chesterfield and 20th place.

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