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McCourt's Double Helps Spireites Win

22 November 2017

Jak McCourt scored twice as Chesterfield beat Forest Green Rovers 3-2 to record back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly a year.

The opening goal came 22 minutes in as Andy Kellett’s free-kick found McCourt whose glancing header managed to make its way past Bradley Collins in the Rovers goal.

Chesterfield then dominated the first half with multiple efforts from Kristian Dennis, the first a snap-shot after some delayed defending from Forest Green.

This was among several good saves made by Collins as the Spireites looked to extend their lead.

A half-time substitution saw Emmanuel Monthe come on for Drissa Traore, who had been booked. It only took Monthe three minutes to go one step further as his late challenge on Joe Rowley earned him a red card to reduce the visitors to ten men.

The Spireites were able to capitalise on the extra man with McCourt firing in his and Chesterfield’s second in the 54th minute. Collins got a hand to his effort but was unable to keep it out.

The visitors were given a lifeline when they pulled a goal back through Christian Doidge on the hour-mark. An error from Jerome Binnom-Williams allowed Dale Bennett to race clear on the right wing and his low cross was tapped in by the unmarked Doidge from close-range.

With nine minutes remaining, Dennis scored to restore Chesterfield's two-goal lead, finishing well after being set up by Joe Rowley. It was the striker's 13th goal of the season as he scored for the sixth game running.

Doidge grabbed his second goal of the game deep into added time, meeting Reece Brown's free-kick with a close-range header.

Chesterfield: Anyon, Barry, Binnom-Williams, Evatt, Hird, Weir, McCourt (Dimaio 82), Reed, Kellett (Sinnott 74), Dennis (O’Grady 85) Rowley.

Unused Subs: Parkin, Maguire, De Girolamo, Mitchell.

Forest Green Rovers:  B Collins, Bennett, Laird (Wishart 45), Traore (Monthe 45) , L Collins, Marsh-Brown (James 78), Doidge, Brown, Fitzwater, Iacovitti, Osbourne.

Unused Subs: Pickering, Bugiel, Randall, Roberts.

Attendance: 4,306 (93 away fans).


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