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Spireites Start Pre-season With Victory

4 July 2017

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Chesterfield got their pre-season underway with a victory over non-league Sheffield FC at the Coach and Horses Stadium.

Goals from Ian Evatt, Kristian Dennis, Dion Donohue and Ricky German secured a 4-1 victory for the Spireites.

It was a match that the Spireites were pretty comfortable in and had it not been for the superb performance of Sheffield goalkeeper, Chris Butt, the scoreline could have been much heavier.

Bradley Barry was obstructed on the right flank, from the resulting free-kick Evatt rose highest at the back post to head powerfully past Souter to give the Spireites the lead in the 14th minute.

Another neat passing move saw Barry square the ball to Dennis who was denied by Butt's feet, Charlie Wakefield hit a fierce shot back towards goal which Souter saved again. The second rebound was picked up by Reece Mitchell, he took a touch before he then saw his shot saved by the goalkeeper.

Last season’s top scorer Dennis made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute, Connor Dimaio won the ball superbly in midfield, he then slotted in the former Macclesfield Town man who calmly slotted the ball past Souter.

The Spireites continued to press until the interval but were unable to add to their tally.

Chesterfield fielded a new XI for the second half and they didn’t take long to add a third, with Donohue scoring in the 48th minute with a good finish from outside the area after some fine passing.

The home side then pulled a goal back in the 58th minute when a long ball over the defence resulted in a mix up between Sam Hird and Dylan Parkin, Hird’s pass went beyond Parkin and substitute Jack Marsden tapped home from inside the six-yard box.

German came close with two headers, before Delial Brewster pulled an effort wide after Jerome Binnom-Williams’ pull back.

Jordan Sinnott then came close after playing a nice one-two before curling an effort just wide of the right hand post.

German then came close once again in the 78th minute but goalkeeper Butt brilliantly palmed his effort wide.

The young striker didn’t have to wait long for his goal however as three minutes later he tapped home after Iffy Ofoegbu’s pass down the right flank.

Sheffield FC: Butt, Turner, Algar, Turnbull, Varley, Magee, Robson, Travis, Morris, Gascoyne, Gregory.

Subs: Rooney, Soutter, Carter, Howe, Ibrahim, Johnson, Cusworth, Dawson, Marsden, Booth, Royles.

Spireites first half XI: Anyon, Wiseman, Evatt (C), Smith, Barry, Dimaio, Rowley, Wakefield, Mitchell, Dennis Ugwu.

Spireites second half XI: Parkin, McGinn, Hird (C), Maguire, Ofoegbu, Sinnott, Brownell, Donohue (Hand 84), Binnom-Williams, German, Brewster.

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