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Spireites draw in Cup

19 October 2019

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The Spireites were forced to settle for a replay in the FA Cup as Bobby Grant’s equaliser gave Wrexham a 1-1 draw at the Proact Stadium. The two teams will meet again on Tuesday evening.

John Sheridan named an unchanged side to the team that beat Wrexham in midweek. Anthony Spyrou and Jonathan Smith returned to the bench after their absences.

The first chance of the game fell to the hosts. Joe Rowley made his way into the box after cutting in from the right. He fired a low shot towards goal, but Dibble got down low to palm the ball away from danger.

Chesterfield took the lead in the 10th minute when Mike Fondop dinked in his eighth goal of the season. The striker latched onto Josef Yarney's lofted through ball before lifting the ball over Rob Lainton and into the back of the net.

The visitors created their first chance just before the half-hour-mark. Luke Young looked to curl his shot into the bottom left corner, but saw his effort deflected just past the post.
Sam Wedgbury was forced off with an injury ten minutes before half time. Jonathan Smith came on in his place.

Chances still came the way of the Spireites. Jay Sheridan's deflected free-kick saw Lainton parry the ball out for a corner.

The start of the second half saw very few chances. Rowley and Fondop had half chances that were blocked well by the Wrexham defence.

However, just after the hour mark the away side equalised. Grant was on hand to head home from close range to level things up.

With the second half drawing on, Spyrou and Mandeville were brought on to help find a possible winning goal.

Spyrou was given a golden opportunity with just three minutes remaining. He clipped the ball past an onrushing Lainton but saw his effort blocked by Wrexham captain Shaun Pearson.

The Spireites threw everything to look for the winner but Spyrou’s tame shot was picked up easily by Lainton. The referee blew his whistle soon after and brought the tie to a close.

Chesterfield: Jalal, Yarney (Mandeville 78), Evans (C), Hollis, Sheridan, Rowley, Weston, Wedgbury (Smith 37), Gevaro, Fondop (Spyrou 69), Denton.
Unused substitutes: Coddington, Gerrard, McGlashan, Boden.
Attendance: 2,199 (330 away)

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