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Notts Yth 3-4 Chesterfield Yth

1 September 2012

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Chesterfield came out on top in a seven goal thriller as they edged past Notts County on Saturday after some clinical finishing gave them a deserved victory.

Goals from Joshua Scully, Bradley Bowland, Cormac Noel and Matthew Clarke secured the win as the Spireites scored four goals for the second week running and remain unbeaten this season.

The Blues started the game at a high tempo, passing the ball well and kept the County players busy as both teams were evenly matched without creating too much in the final third.

The first clear chance fell for the hosts as striker Kyle Dixon found some room on the edge of the box and unleashed a fierce drive which went inches past the post.

Manger Dave Bentley's side kept possession well in the first half but it took them until the 24th minute to calve their first clear chance. Noel found some space on the left wing and chipped the ball in the box for Bowland who met the cross with a header that just went over the bar.

Just a few minutes later the hosts took the lead after defender Jordan Slack was judged to have fouled Dixon in the box after a mazy run and the resulting penalty was converted with ease by County striker Malachi Moore.

Despite the Magpies taking the lead Bentley's side responded in a positive manner and grabbed the equaliser just four minutes later from a set-piece.The Spireites earned a free-kick 25 yards out and Scully stepped up and curled the ball beautifully around the wall and into the top corner of the net, leaving goalkeeper Harry Andrews with no chance.

With only ten minutes left in the half both teams were attacking with a ferocious pace, using possession well and trying to take the lead, but after a very evenly matched 45 minutes they went in level at the break.

Bentley was forced into a change at half time as midfielder Alex Hewitt had picked up a knock on his ankle and was replaced by Ross Goodwin. Just two minutes into the second half the Blues took the lead after a cross from Slack found striker Bowland at the near post who swept the ball in with a neat finish.

The lead was short lived as the Magpies grabbed the equaliser after a clever run from Dixon ended with him putting in a pin point cross and Moore jumped the highest and nodded home with a powerful header in the 51st minute.

The pace of the game was electric as both teams attacked with real intent but it was the Spireites who took the lead once again after a bizarre seven minutes ended in a third goal being scored.

Striker Noel found space on the edge of the box after a free-kick from Scully evaded the County defence and he jinxed past Matt Crust and found the top left corner as he picked his spot to perfection.

The lead was deserved and Bentley's side grew in confidence, assured in defence and going forward always looked dangerous as the hosts couldn't deal with the movement and pace in the midfield.

With less than 30 minutes left the Spireites grabbed a deserved fourth after a neat one two between Bowland and defender Matthew Clarke resulted in the left-back going one on one with Andrews and slotted the ball passed him for his first goal of the season.

As County tried to get back into the game they left gaps at the back and with the pace of midfielder Mark Fereday caused them problems as Bentley's men probed for a fifth.

Despite the slender lead the Spireites were comfortable at the back,  'keeper Cameron Mason was impressive when called upon and kept the oppositions out with a few smart saves.

With only ten minutes left on the clock County threw players forward and the trickery and pace of  the impressive Moore was a constant threat to the Blues back four.

The last few minutes were made uncomfortable for Bentley's men as Moore capped off a great individual performance as he grabbed his hat-trick. A superb free-kick was met by Moore who nodded home with a looping header, but was no more than a consolation goal.

The tremendous work ethic and team effort helped clinch the win today and the performance delighted Bentley.

"We are getting better and better each week. I was very pleased with the performance today and we now have two wins and two draws and have made a good start to the season,” he said.

The Spireites entertain Hull City at home in their next fixture on August 8th, 11am KO. 

Chesterfield Xl: Mason, Slack, Whittaker, Broadhead, Clarke, Fereday, Scully, Hewitt, ( 45 Goodwin) Partridge, Bowland,(82 Edridge) ,Noel (76 Mathers).
Subs: Mathers, Edridge, Johnson, Goodwin.

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