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Spireites exit FA Trophy

14 December 2019

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Chesterfield were knocked out of the FA Trophy after Kristian Dennis' goal gave Notts County a 1-0 victory at the Proact Stadium.

John Sheridan made seven changes with Shwan Jalal, Robbie Weir, David Buchanan, Joe Rowley, Charlie Wakefield, Tom Denton and Liam Mandeville all making their way into the starting line-up.

The Spireites started off on the front foot and almost took the lead on the 12th minute. Gevaro played the ball across goal but Rowley saw his effort cleared off the line by Zoumana Bakayogo.

County almost responded with a goal of their own just a minute later. Kristian Dennis' low shot from outside the area forced Jalal to parry the ball away from goal.

Sam Slocombe was forced to tip Charlie Wakefield's volley round the post. From the resulting corner, the keeper was in action again as he palmed away Rowleys' stooping header.

The away side were forced into making two changes mid-way through the first half. Jim O'Brien and Slocombe made way after picking up injuries.

Rowley was once again unfortunate not to find the net as the game headed into half time. The midfielder let fly from 25-yards out, but his ferocious shot cannoned back off the bar.

The visitors almost opened the scoring on the hour mark. Sam Osbourne made his way past the Chesterfield defence and his low shot from inside the box was saved well by Jalal.

Jalal made another crucial save five minutes later. Connor Rawlinson's goal-bound header was clawed away just in time by the shot-stopper.

In the 72nd minute, County took the lead. Dennis slid in and tapped the ball into the back of the net from Osbourne’s low cross.

Chesterfield came inches away from finding an immediate response. Curtis Weston acrobatically helped on Weir's cross but the effort whistled just wide of the right-hand post.

The Spireites tried endlessly to get a late equaliser but unfortunately couldn’t and bowed out of the FA Trophy.

Chesterfield: Jalal, Weir, Gerrard, Hollis, Buchanan, Rowley, Wakefield (Shaw, 89), Weston, Gevaro (McKay, 85), Denton (Fondop, 69), Mandeville

Unused Substitutes: Evans, Maguire, Sheridan, Smith

Attendance: 931 (336 Notts County supporters)

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