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Ariyibi Delight at FA Cup Debut

12 November 2015

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Spireites winger Gboly Ariyibi made an immediate impression on his FA Cup debut, netting his side's opener within seven minutes at FC United of Manchester.

The goal set the visitors on their way to a 4-1 first round victory on Monday, with Lee Novak, Rai Simons and Ollie Banks netting the Spireites' further strikes to set up a home tie with Walsall in the second round.

The winger talked through his maiden goal in the famous competition: "I'm delighted, the gaffer just told me to be on my toes in and around the box and it dropped for me nicely.

"I gambled, Sylvan (Ebanks-Blake) did well and put it on a plate for me, obviously I was happy to score. It was nice and wet so I went for the knee slide afterwards, why not?"

Chesterfield's Monday tie was the last match of an interesting FA Cup first round weekend.

Ariyibi had watched Didcot Town on TV on the Sunday, a team he had played for during his younger years in Oxfordshire, losing 3-0 to Exeter City, and that helped inspire him to perform in the Cup the next day.

"I know a few of the boys there," he said. "But unfortunately they didn't get to win that game. It's a great competition to be involved in and I'm delighted to that we managed to get through.

"We're a good team with good players. You see young Rai (Simons) come on and in this team anyone can play and everybody's ready so we got out and look confident.

"It was a good run out for me, a tough game going up and down. I'm happy to get 90 minutes under my belt because I haven't really been starting since I was away, now I need to stay in the side."

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