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Boreham Wood draw for Spireites

10 August 2019

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The Spireites came from behind to draw 2-2 at Boreham Wood on Saturday. They conceded an early penalty but were in front at the interval thanks a close-range Scott Boden strike and a Jonathan Smith goal before Kabongo Tshimanga scored his second to level.

Chesterfield arrived at Meadow Park looking for their first win of the season but level on points with the home side after both teams fell to defeat in their opening fixture and drew the next.
 
John Sheridan stuck with same starting XI and the same bench following Tuesday night's draw at Maidenhead United. 
 
It was evident from the kick-off that the strong wind would have an influence on the game with any ball in the air behaving unpredictably.
 
The first opportunity saw Piero Mingoia cross from the right but Kieran Murtagh couldn’t get a clean connection as his header flew wide of the left upright.
 
The home team had the early initiative without looking like capitalising. Just before the quarter-hour mark Tshimanga found space on the right and slotted the ball across the area but there were no takers; within seconds the home side regained possession and Adam McDonnell floated a ball back into the box. Tshimanga received, Will Evans challenged but was adjudged to have fouled.
 
Tshimanga then coolly slotted the penalty home in the bottom right as he sent Jalal the wrong way (16).
 
The Spireites didn’t stay behind for long, immediately rolling up their sleeves and taking hold of the game. The 26th-minute equaliser was a well-worked move involving Smith, Maguire and Rowley with Scott Boden poking home from close range.
 
The wind’s influence played a key part in gifting the Spireites a corner kick. Maguire’s header found Haydn Hollis and his reflex header was turned away; moments later a second flag-kick, courtesy of the wind, saw Maguire’s ball-in hit Smith on the thigh and sneak home for a fortunate but just about deserved lead (44).
 
Seconds before the interval, it was almost three. Rowley’s cross from the right gave David Buchanan an opening but his header’s direction was lacking.
 
After Sam Wedgbury was adjudged to have fouled Tyrone Marsh just outside the area, Murtagh should have done better as his free-kick flew wide and high.
 
Boreham Wood were piling on the pressure and almost levelled after Murtagh supplied a neat ball from the goal-line but Tshimanga just failed to connect as Jalal claimed. Moments later the ever-dangerous Tshimanga levelled as his deflected blast from distance found the net (55).
 
The momentum swung further in the home side’s favour on the hour-mark when Maguire was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Murtagh. 
 
Jordan Thompson saved the day for the home side as he cleared off the line after Rowley spotted the keeper out of position.
 
The pressure resumed as Jordan Thompson skied over and Murtagh rattled the crossbar.
 
Four minutes of stoppage time was added and the Spireites went close as Robbie Weir hit over from distance.

Spireites: Jalal, Yarney, Hollis, Evans, Buchanan, Smith ©, Wedgbury (Weir 66), Maguire, Rowley (Weston 88), Boden, Mandeville  

Subs (unused): Coddington, McKay, Sheridan

Attendance: 715 (318 Chesterfield)


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