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Away win for Spireites

21 December 2019

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The Spireites produced a brilliant away display in their final fixture before Christmas at Torquay United in a 3-0 win on Saturday.

John Sheridan made four changes from last weekend’s FA Trophy tie against Notts County, with Jack McKay, Mike Fondop, Jay Sheridan and Laurence Maguire all coming into the starting XI.

The Spireites got off to the perfect start when McKay struck with under a minute on the clock. David Buchanan cushioned a header back to Gevaro on the left-hand side, the Curacao international delivered a perfect cross to the far post for the Scot to head home (1).

Fondop almost doubled the visitors lead when McKay found him in the area with a clipped cross from the right-hand side, however, Shaun MacDonald got down to make the stop.

Some nice interplay between Gevaro and McKay allowed the latter to burst through on goal but the Torquay defence reacted well to get back and make a crucial challenge before the forward could shoot at goal.

Torquay’s first big chance of the game came when Saikou Janneh slid a clever pass through to Connor Lemonheigh-Evans in the box but he poked his strike wide of Shwan Jalal’s right post.

The next twenty minutes of the game saw the hosts have the majority of the possession but the Spireites defence held firm with Anthony Gerrard and Haydn Hollis making a couple of important challenges.

Torquay found themselves a player light as Janneh was shown a straight red in the 43rd minute after an off the ball incident with Maguire.

MacDonald had to be on his toes to claw out a Gevaro cross that almost drifted into the far corner of the Torquay net as the first half drew to a close.

The visitors were first to threaten in the second half with Fondop making a good run to poke a Gevaro cross at goal but the striker couldn’t generate the power he wanted on his shot and the goalkeeper gathered comfortably.

Just moments later they went close again. Sheridan curled in a corner to the near post for Haydn Hollis to flick on and was unlucky to see his header cleared off the line.

It was then the Torquay’s turn to have a strong spell which produced a chance for Jean-Yves Koue Niate who directed a header towards the bottom corner but Jalal got down smartly to save.

The Spireites doubled their lead with Gevaro being the provider once again. The winger curled in a pinpoint cross from the left and Curtis Weston timed his run perfectly to meet it and powered his header into the corner (54).

Gevaro almost got a hat-trick of assists as Fondop nearly met his cross from the far side but a good clearance from the hosts denied the forward the chance to direct it at goal.

The visitors then made it three in the 68th minute. Sheridan found the head of Hollis from a corner and the defender found the back of the net with a towering header.

Substitute Jared Lewington came on and looked to make an impact as he got up well to head towards Jalal’s goal after a free-kick was whipped in, however, the Spireites stopper was right behind the striker’s header.

Joe Rowley was introduced in the second half and tried his luck from distance as he cut in off the left-hand side, MacDonald spilt the strike initially but eventually regathered the ball.

The visitors pushed forward in the closing stages as Buchanan found Maguire in the box but Lemonheigh-Evans recovered to make a great block.

 

Spireites: Jalal, Weir (Evans, HT), Gerrard, Hollis, Sheridan, Weston, Maguire, Buchanan, McKay (Rowley, 60), Fondop (Denton, 70), Gevaro

Subs (unused): Boden, Mandeville

Attendance: 2,288 (163 Spireites supporters)


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