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Spireites draw in Cup tie

10 November 2018

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The Spireites were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Billericay Town in the FA Cup. Chesterfield took a first-half lead through Laurence Maguire but a goal from Emmanuel Moses early in the second half forced a replay.

Billericay attacked on the break in the second minute with Emmanuel finding himself in space on the left-hand side of the area and his shot was saved by Callum Burton at his near post.

The Spireites then went close to scoring moments later when Laurence Maguire’s header was saved by Alan Julian.

A Zavon Hines cross picked out Marc-Antoine Fortune but he put his header straight at Julian.

Hines had an effort of his own, firing in an angled shot which was parried by the visiting keeper.

Maguire (17) put the Spireites ahead after meeting Joe Rowley’s free-kick with a firm header.

Jake Robinson tried an effort from around 30 yards out which went wide of the target.

Robinson put a header on target but it failed to test Burton who gathered the ball easily.

Curtis Weston then tried a shot which went narrowly wide.

Dean Inman, on as a substitute for the visitors, header over from a free-kick.

Haydn Hollis met a corner from Rowley at the far post but his shot struck the side-netting.

The Spireites were stunned when Moses (52) equalised with a fine 25-yard effort.

Fortune had an effort blocked before Martin Allen made a double substitution, sending on Lee Shaw and Levi Amantchi in place of Kyel Reid and Fortune.

After Billericay struggled to get the ball clear following a corner, Maguire hit a rising shot from inside the area which went over the bar.

Amantchi shot wide from outside the area and then Jerome Binnom-Williams squared the ball to Jonathan Smith, whose low drive was deflected just wide.

Shaw did well to get past his marker and found himself one-on-one with Julian but the keeper did well to make a vital block.

Another striker joined the action late on when Tom Denton came on in place of Curtis Weston.

Hines went close in stoppage time with a low drive which was saved after Shaw’s ball picked him out.

Spireites: Burton, Evans, Binnom-Williams, Maguire, Hollis, Weston, Smith, Reid (Shaw 66), Rowley, Hines, Fortune (Amantchi 66)

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