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Away defeat for Spireites

28 December 2019

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The Spireites suffered an away defeat at FC Halifax Town with Jack Redshaw's second half penalty being the difference on Saturday.

Both teams were looking to pick up their first win over the holiday period although Chesterfield could hardly have gone closer two days earlier, agonisingly conceding an equaliser deep into added time. Halifax conceded five at Stockport so will be determined to make amends.

 
Chesterfield made just one change to the Solihull starting eleven as Scott Boden replaced the injured Laurence Maguire in a 4-4-2 formation.
 
The Spireites started strongly as Jack McKay and Josef Yarney combined well down the right flank, however, the first chance of the game fell to the home side with Jalal stretching well to tip away an angled drive from Cameron King. Moments later King attempted to thread a ball through the centre but it ran too fast for the lurking Jamie Allen.
 
Gevaro’s cross from the left caused problems in the Halifax defence but the danger was cleared until McKay made another strong run down the right. The resulting corner posed no threat.
 
At the other end, the Shaymen gained their first flag-kick and it almost paid off, a ball to the far side of the area produced a neat one-two and an astute pass to Jack Redshaw whose first-time on-target effort took a deflection for a corner kick.
 
The game see-sawed and saw Gevaro feed McKay with a gem of a cross-field ball, his final ball in was weak, moments later a superb curling cross from the left by Jay Sheridan found the head of Mike Fondop whose header proved powerful but narrowly wide of the left upright.
 
Josh Staunton decided to try his luck from 35 yards, maybe worth a try but it flew high and wide.
 
Gevaro was constantly looking a threat and one ball across the penalty area was screaming for a taker but nobody could connect.
 
Fondop, booked two minutes earlier, almost provoked another card from referee Garreth Rhodes after he blasted a good opening into the side-netting and vented his frustration by kicking the ball into the crowd.
 
With five minutes remaining the impressive Redshaw thought he’d try to get his range with a blast from 25 yards; he was close as his effort flew just inches over the crossbar.
 
No further clear openings as the game drifted to an interval stalemate.
 
Halifax started the second period strongly; neat play between Allen and Williams provided Josh Staunton will a clear opening but his strike flew over. Within seconds Niall Maher shot over from distance.
 
Redshaw powered goalward from twenty yards but his effort took a deflection that claimed a corner.
 
A stunning angled pass from McKay found Gevaro on the left, his ball into the area found Scott Boden who blasted frustratingly wide.
 
Jeff King ran towards goal, his powerful shot was cleared for a corner by Will Evans. Jack Redshaw had been everywhere and his chip to the far post saw Josh Staunton head over. However, Redshaw wasn’t to be denied as he tore in on goal and Jonathan Smith’s challenge was deemed both a foul and a penalty despite the challenge being very close to the edge of the penalty area.
 
Redshaw coolly slotted into the top left of the net (66).
 
McKay burst down the right and cut the ball back into the box for Boden whose shot was blocked. Moments later Sheridan’s cross found Tom Denton who could only direct his header at keeper Johnson.
 
Jalal had performed well and saved twice in quick succession from Redshaw and Staunton efforts.
 
At the end of a period of Spireite pressure, Sheridan’s cross found Boden who could only head wide of the right upright.
 
Five additional minutes were signalled and Chesterfield had to “up” their game if they were to claw their way back; they huffed and puffed but couldn’t get the breakthrough.
 
Spireites: Jalal, Yarney (Smith, 60), Evans (C), Hollis, Sheridan, Weston, Buchanan, McKay, Gevaro (Mandeville, 68), Fondop (Denton, 69), Boden
 
Subs (unused): Rowley, Wakefield
 
Attendance: 2,420 (364 away)

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