Ahead of the Spireites clash with non-league FC United of Manchester we look back at a recent FA Cup first round meeting with another non-league side: Daventry Town.
With FC United only forming back in 2005 and this being only their second appearance in the first round the Spireites have until now not played against them. However, they have often come up against non-league opposition in the first round.
Chesterfield 2-0 Daventry Town – 9th November 2013
Back in 2013 all fans from League One downwards sat around their televisions ahead of the annual FA Cup first round draw. The Chesterfield fans will have been pleased as they were drawn at home, though they would face a tough test against the lowest ranked side left in the competition - Daventry Town.
Before the game few fans knew much about what Daventry would be offering as they were making their first appearance in the first round proper.
Going into the game Daventry Town had won their opening nine fixtures in the Southern League Division One as well as qualifying for the FA Cup first round for the first time in their history after victories over Berkhamsted, Belper Town, Grays Athletic and Hartley Wintney.
Reaching the Proact there were contrasting form fortunes with their Derbyshire hosts who, after a strong start to the season, had only won one of their last eight fixtures before the cup game.
While there were four leagues between the Spireites and the part-timers the form book was definitely favouring the visitors. Also Chesterfield had lost three of their last five cup ties against non-league opposition.
Throughout the first half the sides were relatively even with both sides creating half-chances for themselves. Eoin Doyle’s effort for the home side was blocked midway through the first half and moments later Daventry’s Tom Lorraine also had his effort from outside the area blocked.
The non-league outfit had the best chances of the first half and late on midfielder Ross Oulton managed to create some space inside the area but his shot went straight at goalkeeper Tommy Lee. Seconds later Mykel Beckley had another great opportunity for the visitors but he could only smash his effort over the bar. The underdogs were unlucky not to be in the lead.
As the game went on Chesterfield settled and managed to calm the lively Daventry side down. With the home side seeing more of the possession they began to create chances and with 20 minutes remaining it paid off for the Spireites.
Jay O’Shea’s freekick found its way to the back post and Gary Roberts was on hand to volley the ball home unmarked from just five yards out.
The goal took the nerves away for both the home players and fans and Chesterfield began to control the game in the closing stages. O’Shea almost got himself on the scoresheet but a neat tip over the bar from Daventry 'keeper Morris kept it at 1-0.
It wasn’t long until the home side doubled their lead. The ball came out to Jimmy Ryan who tried an ambitious effort from 25 yards out. His shot took a deflection and looped over Morris and found the back of the net to make it 2-0 with just five minutes remaining.
Chesterfield saw the game out and earned a 2-0 victory allowing them to progress to the FA Cup second round and face Southend United.
As for Daventry Town, the match remains the furthest they have ever progressed in the FA Cup and the currently play in the Southern League Division One.