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Eight goals shared in pre-season opener

13 July 2019

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Chesterfield got their pre-season programme underway with an entertaining 4-4 draw at Staveley Miners Welfare, in a game which featured four penalties, with seven goals coming in the second half.

John Sheridan included summer recruits Luke Coddington, Jay Sheridan and Liam Mandeville in the starting line-up. Haydn Hollis and Jack McKay – both signed after spells on loan last season – were also involved from the start while Sam Wedgbury made his comeback following a lengthy injury lay-off.

Sheridan put over an early cross which was headed away and Mandeville sent over a cross which looped towards the far post, with former Chesterfield keeper Myles Wright having to be alert to make the save.

McKay then tried a shot from just outside the area which was saved.

McKay played a through ball to Mandeville but Wright got to the ball first to snuff out the danger.

The Spireites went close around the midway point in the half when Sheridan’s cross from the left picked out McKay whose glancing header went just wide.

Only a fine save denied Mandeville, Wright at full stretch to his left to turn the ball wide from the new man’s curling effort.

Chesterfield were awarded a penalty when the referee spotted a handball offence following a McKay cross and Mandeville (38) calmly tucked away the resulting penalty.

Sheridan made six changes at the break with Luke Rawson, Alex Render, Jack Holmes and Amantchi joining the action alongside three trialists.

The Spireites increased their lead in the 52ndminute when good work from Rawson on the right set up Amantchi inside the area and the young striker produced a composed finish.

Staveley pulled a goal back in the 56thminute and they equalised a minute later.

Rawson produced a neat turn in a threatening position but his marker was able to get in a vital block.

The hosts to a 67thminute with number 15, who was unmarked, finding the net.

Amantchi went close to scoring an equaliser with a well-struck shot which forced a fine save from Wright.

Chesterfield did draw level in the 73rdminute when one of the trialists was brought down for a penalty and converted the resulting spot-kick.

The Spireites were awarded another penalty three minutes later, Holmes this time scoring from the spot after being fouled inside the area.

There was yet another penalty awarded in the 82ndminute, conceded by the keeper, allowing the home to side to level at 4-4.

Amantchi went close to snatching a winner a minute from time with a low shot which flashed just wide of Wright’s right-hand post.

Spireites: Coddington (Trialist), Trialist (Render), Sharman, Hollis (Trialist), Sheridan, Wedgbury (Maguire), Wakefield (Holmes), Shaw (Trialist), McKay (Amantchi), Mandeville (Rawson), Trialist (Rowley)

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