Chesterfield were held to a 0-0 draw by AFC Fylde at the Proact on Saturday, in a game where chances were hard to come by.
Martin Allen only made one change to the team that played against Maidstone last week, with Marc-Antoine Fortune coming into the side to replace the injured Charlie Carter.
Fylde were first to threaten when Danny Rowe skipped past a few Spireites defenders on the left-hand side and managed to whip in a dangerous cross. However, the forward’s powerful low cross was put in just too far in front of the Fylde attackers.
The Spireites were restricted to half chances for most of the first half, but created a great opportunity from a Jerome Binnom-Williams free kick. He put in a threatening ball in towards the back post, Curtis Weston connected well with a header but his effort flew just wide of the right-hand post.
In the final few minutes of the first half, Fylde were presented with a great chance to open the scoring. Rowe put in another pinpoint cross which found teammate Joe Cardle just a few yards out, but he sliced his effort over Callum Burton’s crossbar.
Midway through the second half, Rowe managed to find some space on the right-hand side of the box, but he could only poke his effort over the Chesterfield crossbar.
The away side went close again as Zaine Francis-Angol rose highest to head towards goal from a Fylde corner. The full-back managed to get good contact on his effort, but it dipped just over the bar.
The most bizarre moment of the game occurred when Weston was shown a red card for handball, only for it to be rescinded due to the linesman giving off-side against a Fylde player who was running in behind.
The Spireites pushed for a winner in the closing minutes, bombarding the Fylde defence with crosses into the box, but unfortunately they couldn’t force one home for all three points.
Chesterfield: Burton, Binnom-Williams (Reid, 81), Shaw, Weston, Maguire, Evans ©, Denton, Smith, Muggleton, Fortune (Amantchi, 65), Rowley
Subs (unused): Kayode, Hollis, Ofoegbu
Attendance: 4,021 (115 Fylde supporters)