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Point Takes Spireites Above Relegation Zone

30 December 2017

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The Spireites played out a goal-less draw with Colchester United at the Proact, with the point secured taking them out of the bottom two.

It was a tentative opening 25 minutes with one chance for either side. For Colchester, Ryan Jackson’s cross from the right found Sammie Szmodics free in the area and his effort was smartly saved down low by Jake Eastwood.

The Spireites' first chance came a minute later when Andy Kellett played Joe Rowley in on the right and his powerful, low shot was saved well by Sam Walker’s outstretched leg.

Kristian Dennis’ low cross into the box caused problems for the Colchester defence. After Kane Vincent Young miskicked the ball and it looped up in the air, with Rowley lurking, Walker tipped the ball out for a corner. Kellett’s in-swinging corner was then headed wide by Robbie Weir.

With five minutes to go in the first-half, the Spireites had two more opportunities to score. Jak McCourt’s cross deceived the outstretched leg of Dennis and moments later, Rowley’s quick turn on the edge of the box allowed him room to shoot, but his effort missed the target.

Jerome Binnom-Williams nearly opened the scoring 30 seconds into the second-half when he received the ball on edge of the box before shooting narrowly wide.

A few minutes later, Binnom-Williams had two more chances to score. Firstly, a one-two with Conor Dimaio put him through on goal, but Walker rushed out and tipped it behind for a corner. From the resulting corner, Binnom-Williams headed wide.

Colchester had their first chance of the second-half in the 58th minute. Mandron put Wright through on goal and his shot was parried by Eastwood.

With 20 minutes to go, Szmodics tried a long-range effort which went wide of Eastwood’s far past.

Dimaio's goal-bound shot was bravely blocked by Vincent Young for another corner.

Louis Reed, who scored a spectacular long-range effort in the reverse fixture, lined-up another from distance which went harmlessly over the bar.

Chesterfield: Eastwood, Wiseman, Hird, Dimaio, McCourt, Reed, Weir, Kellett, Binnom-Williams, Dennis, Rowley.

Subs: Parkin, De Girolamo, Ofoegbu, Mitchell, O’Grady, German, Wakefield

Colchester United: Walker, Jackson, Lapslie, Kent, Wright, Szmodics (Murray 74), Comley, Reid, Eastman, Mandron (Guthrie 83), Vincent Young.

Subs: Murray, Hanlon, Slater, Odelusi, Kpekawa, Guthrie, Gilmartin.

Attendance: 5,537 (257 away fans)

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