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Spireites beaten by Solihull

26 December 2018

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It was a disappointing day for the Spireites as they lost 4-0 at home to Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Martin Allen made three changes to the side that played Leyton Orient last weekend, with Joe Rowley, Michael Nelson, and Kyel Reid coming into the starting eleven.

The away side opened the scoring early on when a loose ball fell to Nathan Blissett inside the penalty area. Blissett picked his spot and slotted the ball home into the right corner of the net (4).

Chesterfield went close to levelling the scores when Lee Shaw managed to get free of his marker and shoot from the right-hand side of the box. The forward struck his right-footed effort well, but Ryan Boot made a smart save to his left to keep it out.

The Spireites continued to push for an equaliser as substitute Alfie Beestin got past his man down the right and whipped in a dangerous low cross. Levi Amantchi was on the receiving end of Beestin’s cross, but the striker’s shot from close range was blocked well by the Solihull defence.

The away side then extended their lead against the run of play in the 29th minute, when a Solihull corner was headed back across goal. Blissett rose highest to put the ball back across goal and into the far corner of the net for his second of the game.

Solihull looked to extend their lead further as Kyle Storer received the ball just over 20 yards from goal. The away side’s captain hit his half-volley sweetly, but it dipped just over Callum Burton’s crossbar.

Beestin was last to go close in the first half, as his shot from just outside the box was deflected narrowly wide of the left post.

Burton had to be alert when Danny Wright was played through on goal on the left-hand side. The Solihull man aimed his driven effort at the near post, but Burton made a smart save to stop Wright from scoring.

Moments later it was Chesterfield’s turn to create an opportunity as Shaw did well to find a cross from the right. His low cross was met by Amantchi at the near post, but the forward could only side-foot his effort wide.

The away side increased their lead further as a Darren Carter cross from a free-kick on the right-hand side found Alex Gudger at the far post. The Solihull defender glanced his header into the left-hand corner for their third (70).

Solihull claimed their fourth in the 83rd minute when substitute Jermaine Hylton cut in from the left and curled his effort past Burton into the right corner.


Chesterfield: Burton, Shaw, Evans, Rowley, Binnom-Williams, Amantchi (Weir, 67), Weston (Ofoegbu, 57), Nelson (Beestin, 9), Reid, Hollis, Smith ©

Subs (unused): Anyon, Muggleton

Attendance: 4,877 (110 away)

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