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Spireites draw at Maidstone

29 September 2018

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The Spireites battled back from a losing position to claim a 1-1 draw away at Maidstone on Saturday. Blair Turgott opened the scoring for Maidstone in the first half, but it was Marc-Antoine Fortune who came off the bench to slot home the equaliser.

Martin Allen made five changes to his Chesterfield team from Tuesday night’s game against Maidenhead. Callum Burton replaced Shwan Jalal in goal, Lee Shaw returned to the starting line-up after being on the bench last time out.

Defender Will Evans made the starting XI after recovering from injury and youngster Joe Rowley also came into the side. Youth-team player Alex Render was among the substitutes.

It was Chesterfield who went close early on, as a good pass from Shaw down the right found Charlie Carter. When the winger produced a threatening cross to the back post, Tom Denton rose highest but he could only head over.

The Spireites threatened the Maidstone goal again, as a Muggleton long throw was fired towards the penalty area. Denton flicked it on towards the left corner, but unfortunately for Chesterfield, a Maidstone defender was there to clear it off the line.

After a good spell of pressure for the Spireites, Maidstone took the lead against the run of play, as Turgott (31) headed past Burton to give the home side the lead.

The away side nearly responded to going a goal down just a few minutes later. Carter delivered a dangerous cross towards Denton, who was able to get his header on target but it was saved smartly by Maidstone goalkeeper Lee Morgan.

The Spireites were once again close to going level as Will De Havilland nearly headed into his own net, but Morgan pulled off an acrobatic save to tip it round the post.

Chesterfield finally got their equaliser as substitute Fortune was put through on goal. The striker only had keeper Morgan to beat, and he slotted the ball into the bottom left corner in the 74th minute.

The dangerous Turgott had a chance to put the home side back in the lead, as he found himself with space in the box after beating the off-side trap. The forward turned and struck his effort cleanly, but Burton got down well to make the save.

Both sides pushed for a winning goal in the closing minutes of the game, but neither could convert.

The Spireites now look ahead to their next game at home against Fylde on Saturday.

Chesterfield: Burton, Binnom-Williams, Shaw (Fortune, 57), Weston, Maguire, Evans ©, Denton, Smith, Muggleton, Carter (Kayode, 38), Rowley

Subs (unused): Hollis, Reid, Render

Attendance: 2,438 (252 Spireites supporters)

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