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Spireites draw at Harrogate

3 November 2018

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Chesterfield were unable to hold onto their lead given to them by Jonathan Smith, as a late Aaron Williams equaliser denied the Spireites an away win at Harrogate on Saturday.

Martin Allen made two alterations to the team that drew away at Sutton United on Tuesday night. Zavon Hines and Will Evans came into the starting XI, with Jerome Binnom-Williams and Tom Denton dropping to the bench.

Chesterfield started positively as the ball fell to Joe Rowley outside the box in the early stages, after good work down the right by Alex Kiwomya. Unfortunately for the Spireites, the midfielder’s first-time effort rose over James Belshaw’s crossbar.

The home side created a chance of their own when George Thomson picked up the ball around 20 yards from goal. He struck his shot well, but it was straight at Callum Burton who made a comfortable save.

Harrogate manufactured another opportunity as Thomson put in a dangerous cross into the area from the right-hand side. The cross found Jack Muldoon who volleyed first time, but his effort flew over the crossbar.

Burton was brought into action with five minutes of the first half remaining, as Joe Leesley let fly with an effort from inside the Spireites’ penalty area. Luckily for Chesterfield Burton got down quickly to his left to stop the forward’s strike.

The Spireites took the lead in the 57th minute after substitute Jerome Binnom-Williams capitalised on some poor defending by Harrogate on left of the penalty area. Binnom-Williams played the ball across goal and Smith was there to tap home his third goal in as many games.

Liam Kitching was given a chance to get the home side level, as he rose highest to get his head on a cross from the left. However, he could only put his effort wide of Burton’s left post.

Harrogate kept putting pressure on the away side in the final few minutes, with numerous corners and crosses into the box having to be cleared by the Chesterfield defence.

Unfortunately for the Spireites, Harrogate managed to grab a late leveller in the final minute of added time. A corner from the right-hand side was put into the box and the ball fell to Williams, who put the ball past Burton and into the net (90+7).

 

Chesterfield: Burton, Hines (Denton, 59), Muggleton, Weston, Smith, Evans ©, Shaw (Reid, 79), Hollis, Rowley, Maguire, Kiwomya (Binnom-Williams, 53)

Subs (unused): Nelson, Fortune

Attendance: 2,291


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