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Spireites clinch first win of the season

14 September 2019

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Scott Boden's fifth goal of the season was enough to give the Spireites their first victory of the campaign as they beat Torquay United 1-0 at the Proact.

Tom Denton made his first appearance of the season after recovering from injury. He was joined in the starting line-up by Haydn Hollis and Joe Rowley with Anthony Gerrard, Jermaine McGlashan and Mike Fondop the trio who made way.

Jamie Reid put a first-minute header on target, but Luke Coddington easily gathered the ball.

Chesterfield’s first chance fell to Boden, who headed narrowly wide.

Kalvin Kalala then squared to Reid inside the area and there was much relief when the in-form striker’s low shot flashed wide of Coddington’s left-hand post.

The Spireites took a 12thminute lead when Curtis Weston hooked the ball over the top of the opposition defence and Boden was there to fire past Lucas Covolan from close range.

Denton threatened to put Chesterfield further ahead in the 18thminute when he headed goalwards after meeting a Liam Mandeville corner, but the ball was cleared off the line.

Josef Yarney did well to block a Manny Duku effort inside the area.

Mandeville put a low shot on target, but it lacked the power or direction to trouble Covolan.

Laurence Maguire received some treatment before being able to carry on after a clearance saw the ball hit him fully in the face.

Mandeville received the ball from Rowley and fired in an effort from 20 yards which forced Covolan to make a fine, diving save to his left.

Maguire did well to clear early in the second half as Reid looked to get on the end of a cross.

Chesterfield had a strong appeal for a penalty rejected when Rowley went down under a challenge inside the area.

Denton’s header down found Jonathan Smith, whose shot was deflected wide.

John Sheridan made his first change in the 71stminute, taking off Mandeville and sending on Robbie Weir in his place.

Reid fired wide with a shot on the run and Ben Wytner headed wide as the visitors looked for an equaliser.

A second substitution saw Fondop sent on to replace Denton.

Fondop was soon involved, trying a shot from distance which was deflected wide.

Will Evans made a superb challenge in stoppage time to dispossess Reid as he threatened to burst through the middle.

There was much relief at the final whistle as Chesterfield held on to break their duck and the players were roundly applauded as they left the pitch.

Spireites: Coddington, Yarney, Evans, Hollis, Maguire, Weston, Smith, Rowley, Mandeville (Weir 71), Denton (Fondop 75), Boden (McGlashan 90+)

Unused substitutes: Weir & Sheridan

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