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Spireites draw at Ebbsfleet

2 November 2019

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The Spireites drew 2-2 in an entertaining encounter at Ebbsfleet United on Saturday which takes the blues to four games unbeaten in the National League.

John Sheridan made three changes to the team that beat Notts County last weekend with Robbie Weir, Mike Fondop and David Buchanan all coming into the starting XI.

The Ebbsfleet defence were caught napping within the first minute when Jay Sheridan found Scott Boden down the left with a quick throw. Boden dug a cross out to Fondop in the area but the striker couldn’t connect cleanly with a volley and Harry Palmer gathered his effort comfortably.

Joe Rowley looked to put some early pressure on the hosts as he took the ball towards the penalty area. The midfielder laid the ball off to Jonathan Smith and the Spireites were unlucky to see his low shot come back off the post.

The visitor’s early dominance eventually paid off in the 12th minute when Gevaro cut onto his right foot to shoot from the edge of the box. The Ebbsfleet keeper got down smartly to save the Curacao international’s strike, however, Scott Boden was in the perfect place to convert from the rebound.

Chesterfield’s lead only lasted five minutes as former Spireite Gozie Ugwu reacted first to tap home from Myles Weston’s shot which hit the post (17).

Ebbsfleet captain Weston looked threatening on the right-hand side once again as he came inside to let fly from distance, but the midfielder dragged his left-footed strike narrowly wide.

Some nice build-up play from the home side allowed Alex Reid to receive the ball on the edge of the penalty area. The forward turned well but couldn’t get enough power on his right-footed shot to trouble the Chesterfield stopper.

With just over ten minutes left of the first half to go, Gevaro was having an increasing influence on the game. The winger floated a cross to the back post which was met by the towering Fondop who got above his marker well, but his header looped over Palmer’s crossbar.

Jalal was called into action after a cross was half-cleared by the Spireites, Reid picked up the ball and shot from close range but the visitor’s keeper got down quickly to make the stop.

Smith went close for the second time with five minutes of the first 45 to go. Boden clipped in a delicate cross from the right, Smith raced onto meet it but his glancing header dropped a few inches wide of the left post.

Just moments later the hosts carved open a chance, Ugwu laid the ball off for Reid inside the box. Reid’s low shot was blocked well and Frankie Sutherland could only fire over with a follow-up strike. It was the final big chance of the first half and the scores were level at the interval.

Luke Coddington was brought on by the Spireites at half-time due to Jalal suffering with a back injury.

Five minutes into the second half the hosts were presented with a great opportunity as a penalty was awarded for a foul on Weston inside the box. Ugwu stepped up to take the spot-kick and rolled it into the bottom right corner for his second of the day (51).

Chesterfield looked to respond with Boden controlling a low cross to strike a low shot but the keeper saved comfortably.

The equaliser came for the visitors just three minutes later. Haydn Hollis glanced Sheridan’s free-kick into the far corner to notch his first of the campaign (56).

Palmer had to be on his toes to stop the Spireites retaking the lead as he dived to his left to stop Fondop’s well hit shot and Rowley steered the rebound over.

The next twenty minutes saw both sides limited to half chances with Fondop and Reid missing the mark with headed efforts.

Ebbsfleet had a huge opportunity with only ten minutes remaining but Coddington was on hand to make a remarkable save from substitute Josh Umerah who was one on one with the keeper.

 

Spireites: Jalal (Coddington, H/T), Weir, Evans ©, Hollis, Sheridan, Rowley, Smith, Boden (Spyrou, 72), Fondop, Gevaro, Buchanan (McGlashan, 77)

Subs (unused): McKay, Wakefield

Attendance: 1,025


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