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Burton Yth 3-2 Spireites Yth

23 September 2012

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Matt Andrews’ last-minute winner gave Burton Albion a 3-2 victory over Chesterfield in a pulsating league clash on Saturday.

The Spireites did well to come back from behind twice thanks to goals from defender Tim Whitaker and striker Mark Fereday but couldn’t do enough to defend an Albion onslaught.

Manager Dave Bentley made some changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Hull City two weeks ago, with Josh Barrington replacing Cameron Mason in goal and Ben Partridge coming in for Alex Hewitt down the left hand side of midfield.

Looking to bounce back from there last defeat, Chesterfield started the brighter of the two and almost took the lead within the first two minutes when Bradley Bowland saw his shot go just over the bar.

Albion had there own chance to take the lead early on after some poor defending from Oliver Brock. The midfielder gave the ball away just outside the Spireites box and Burton striker Shae Yates’s first time effort went just wide of the net.

Burton continued pressing from then on and came close again just seconds later, Joe Doyle this time seeing his shot saves well by Barrington.

It didn’t take much longer before Albion finally took the lead. After some sloppy defending again from the Spireites, striker Marcus harness found space to have an effort from just outside the box, his strike was hit with power and beat Barrington low to his right.

Burton almost doubled their lead just moments later, this time Barrington saving a low driven shot from Yates well and out for a corner.

Chesterfield had to deal with some heavy pressure for the remainder of the first half, with the Spireites struggling to make space for an attack. 

However they almost snatched an equaliser minutes before the break, striker Mark Fereday did well to beat his marker down the right, his cross was met by the on rushing Cormac Noel who toe pocked his shot over the bar.

 Both teams came out in the second half with there managers team talks ringing in there ears and it seemed Bentleys had the bigger impact early on.

Just nine minutes after the restart Chesterfield found the equaliser they had been searching for, it came in the form of defender Tim Whitaker who did well to beat his marker and head home from a pin point Scully free kick.

Chesterfield then made a change as they looked to grab more goals with striker Fabian Johnson replacing Ben Partridge in midfield.

Johnson nearly made an instant impact, finding space down the left his shot went just wide of the target.

Despite being in control, the young Spireites found themselves behind for a second time; the goal coming again from striker Harness, much like his first goal, his low driven effort at goal beats Barrington to his right.

This is when the never say die attitude of Chesterfield kicked in and replied instantly with another goal of there own, with Scully again the provider.

Scully found Fereday just outside the area whose smart turn fooled the Burton defence and his well hit strike looped over the out rushing  ‘Keeper and into the net.

Both teams searched for a winner as the second half continued, Fereday was unlucky not to double his tally after a good cross from Johnson was met by the head of Fereday who headed over from 10 yards out.

However it would turn out to be Burton’s day, just seconds before the final whistle they grabbed a late winner through substitute Andrews, some poor defending again letting the striker through who slotted home underneath the on rushing Barrington.

Speaking after the game, manager Bentley said: "I thought in the first 45 minutes we were awful.

"In the second half we were a lot better and proved that by grabbing two goals, but you cant expect to win any game if you don’t play well through out.

"All credit to Burton they set themselves sup well and played some good stuff at times, let’s hope it’s a different story against Bradford next week."

The defeat is the spireites second in a row and will hope to return back to winning ways at home next week against Bradford City Yth.

Chesterfield XI: Barrington, Slack, Broadhead, Whitaker, Clarke; Fereday, Brock (Goodwin), Scully, Partridge (Johnson); Bowland & Noel.

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