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Spireites draw against Hartlepool

29 December 2018

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The Spireites battled back from a goal down to draw against Hartlepool United at the Proact on Saturday. Luke James opened the scoring in the first half before Bradley Barry equalised in the 75th minute to earn Chesterfield a point.

Caretaker-manager John Pemberton made only one change to the side that lost to Solihull Moors on Boxing Day, with Barry coming into the starting line-up for Michael Nelson. Youngsters Jamie Sharman and Luke Rawson were also selected in a National League matchday squad for the first time this season.

The away side were first to have shots at Callum Burton, but long-range efforts early on from Josh Hawkes and Ryan Donaldson were straight at the keeper.

Lee Shaw threatened down the right as he whipped a low cross into the area. Unfortunately for the Spireites, the ball in was just behind Levi Amantchi who was charging in.

Hartlepool went close to opening the scoring with around 20 minutes left of the first half when Hawkes received the ball just outside the penalty area. The midfielder curled a left-footed effort towards goal, but it narrowly went wide of the left-hand post.

Joe Rowley manufactured a chance just before the break when he turned past his marker on the edge of the Hartlepool penalty area. However, the Chesterfield midfielder’s shot was deflected over Scott Loach’s crossbar.

The away side took the lead in added time at the end of the first half when James found himself with time in the box to have a shot at goal. The Hartlepool attacker slotted his effort underneath the onrushing Burton to give the visitors the lead (45+1).

Hartlepool were first to create an opening in the second half when James was found in space on the right side of the box. The Hartlepool man hit his right-footed effort well, but Jerome Binnom-Williams was there to deflect the ball over the bar.

Chesterfield had a strong shout for a penalty when Shaw looked to have been brought down in the Hartlepool box, but nothing was given by referee David Richardson.

Moments later Hartlepool narrowly missed out on extending their lead when a cross was pulled back to Niko Muir inside the box. Fortunately for the Spireites, the forward could only blaze his strike over Burton’s crossbar.

Substitute Luke Rawson almost scored with his first touch of the ball after coming off the bench when Barry headed the ball down to him inside the box. However, the young forward fired over from close range.

Rawson was handed another opportunity when he was put through on goal with just the keeper to beat. The young striker’s first touch brought the ball into his path nicely, but he could only drag his right-footed effort narrowly wide of the left-hand post.

The Spireites made their pressure pay in the 75th minute when a loose ball fell to Barry inside the Hartlepool penalty area and he smashed his left-footed shot into the bottom right-hand corner of Loach’s net for his first goal of the season.

Harvey Rodgers had the final chance in added time when a cross from the right found him at the back post, but he could only head straight at Burton and the game ended all-square.

Chesterfield: Burton, Barry, Binnom-Williams, Evans, Hollis, Shaw, Smith ©, Weston, Reid (Sharman, 56), Rowley (Beestin, 56), Amantchi (Rawson, 68)

Subs (unused): Anyon, Weir

Attendance: 4,752 (575 Hartlepool supporters)

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