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Comfortable win at Nuneaton

21 July 2018

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The Spireites eased to a comfortable 5-0 win at Nuneaton in their latest pre-season fixture.

Chesterfield's youthful side got off to a rapid start with three goals in the opening nine minutes.

Joe Rowley did well to set up Lewis Walker, who struck a sweet shot to open the scoring.

A right wing corner wasn't dealt with well by Borough keeper Etheridge and Lee Shaw was positioned perfectly to anticipate and he slotted in from close range ahead of Jamie Sharman powerfully heading home from Sam Muggleton's long-throw.

The early onslaught preceded a decent spell by Nicky Eaden's side; Joe Anyon had to save at the feet of Mitchell, tip over a 20-yarder from Kelly-Evans plus deal with sharp shots from Agustin and Angus whilst a deft left-footed clearance outside the box by the keeper prompted Martin Allen to topically shout: "Beautiful, just like Phil Mickleson!"

Ify Ofoegbu came closest to a fourth ahead of the break, but his chip didn't quite match anything on show at Carnoustie.

During the opening 45, Charlie Wakefield limped off to be replaced by Alex Render who himself was subbed with a cut above his left eye. Sam Wedgbury replaced Brandon Howard at the break, slotting in at right-back.

Another Muggleton low-trajectory bullet throw found Ofoegbu at the far post but his downward header was saved whilst Rowley and Shaw just couldn't capitalise on Wedgbury's cross from the right.

Luke Rawson came on for Walker, who was being watched by Dad Des, to partner Shaw up-front and Shaw soon created a chance through persistence and endeavour that the sub keeper saved. Angus drilled a box-edge effort wide as Nuneaton continued to work hard and seek some consolation.

Muggleton's curled in cross forced a tip-over save just before first-year scholar Brandon Bradbury, 16, replaced Shaw.

Rawson evaded his marker on the right to pick out Rowley who, rather than shoot, spotted and found Ofoegbu in a better position who hit hard into the roof of the net with 15 minutes left.

Two minutes later, Rawson got the reward his earlier work deserved when he took advantage of some keeper hesitation to slot the ball into an empty net.

In typical Martin Allen style, with 89 on the clock, the Spireites boss moved to the front of the main stand, housing plenty of visiting fans, and he shouted out: "Thank you for coming to see us play" - a comment that matched the applause for any of the five goals.

Team: Anyon, Howard (Wedgbury HT), Sharman, Maguire, Muggleton, Ofoegbu, Sinnott, Rowley, Wakefield (Render 29) (Smith 42), Shaw (Bradbury 65), Walker (Rawson 55).

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