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Home defeat for Spireites

16 November 2019

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The first ever meeting between the Spireites and the Magpies was an entertaining one to say the least as Chorley came out on top as 3-2 winners in a five goal thriller.

Manager John Sheridan made two changes to today's’ starting line-up, with Tom Denton and Curtis Weston replacing Gevaro and Mike Fondop in the eleven.

Despite struggling at the bottom of the National League, with just one win to their name, Chorley found themselves two goals to the good after just 20 minutes

With 15 minutes on the clock, Charles Vernam was the key that unlocked the Spireites defence as he latched onto Martin Smith’s long pass and slotted the ball past Jalal.

Then just four minutes later, Courtney Meppen-Walters doubled the visitors' lead when he found himself on the end of Smith’s long free-kick, and his powerful header nestled past Jalal.

Chorley could’ve had the game dead and buried after 21 minutes as Marcus Carver drilled the ball across the face of goal but flew just past Alex Newby.

As the Spireites desperately tried to find a route back into the game, Curtis Weston had a curling effort saved comfortably by Matt Urwin in the Magpies goal.

The Spireites defence struggled to cope with the pace of Chorely’s front line as the Magpies continued their search for a game-killing third goal.

As half-time approached, the Spireites were awarded a free kick 30 yards out, but Sheridan failed to find the target with his effort.

At the break, it was clear that the Spireites had a mountain to climb if they were to find a way back into the game.

Coming into the second half, Sheridan’s men knew that they had to find a way to carve open a resilient Chorley defence. In the opening five minutes the Spireites applied the pressure, but just weren’t getting the rub of the green in the final third.

Just as Chesterfield were growing into the game Chorley missed a glorious chance to kill the game as Carver failed to connect with Vernam’s cross, which went just wide of the far post.

With just under half an hour left on the clock Spireites boss lined up a triple substitution with, Laurence Maguire, Mike Fondop and Liam Mandeville replacing Tom Denton, Robbie Weir and David Buchanan

Substitute Fondop almost made an immediate impact when the ball fell to him from Weston’s blocked effort but he couldn’t squeeze the ball through the Chorley defenders.

With 22 minutes to play Weston handed Chesterfield a lifeline. The midfielder wriggled his way into the Chorley area and topped it off with a great finish into the corner (68).

The goal gave Chesterfield a well-needed boost as they looked to take the game to Chorley. Their best chance to equalise came when Hollis' header was tipped over the bar by Urwin from Sheridan’s free-kick.

Then disaster struck as Will Evans brought down Vernam in the area to give away a penalty. Vernam converted his penalty to restore the visitors' two-goal lead.

Just as all hope seemed lost Scott Boden found himself presented with an easy chance to pull one back. Urwin spilt Fondop’s effort straight to Boden as he tapped the ball in for his 8th goal of the season (82).

Boden was almost the hero, as was played through one on one by Weston, but his effort was saved well by Urwin.

Sheridan’s triple substitution had flipped the game on its head as Chesterfield upped their game in search of a last gasp equaliser.

Despite their best efforts, the Spireites succumbed to defeat at the hands of Chorley, bringing their four-match unbeaten run to an end.


Spireites: Jalal, Weir (Maguire, 58), Evans (C), Hollis, Sheridan, Buchanan (Mandeville, 58), Weston, Smith, Rowley, Denton (Fondop, 58), Boden

Subs (unused): Coddington, McGlashan

Attendance: 4,090 (176 Chorley supporters)

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