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Spireites draw at Hartlepool

24 September 2019

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The Spireites gained a creditable point on the road after being a goal down at Hartlepool United on Tuesday night.

Hartlepool went ahead early as Shwan Jalal fumbled and Peter Kioso poked home. Tom Denton leveled eight minutes before the break as his downward header from Gevaro’s teasing corner proved too big an ask for home keeper Ben Killip.
All square at the interval and just about deservedly after Pools had started like an express train but had failed to capitalise and the Spireites inched back into contention and looked comfortable at the break. Neither side bossed the second period but Chesterfield should have clinched it in added time, sadly Denton failed to add to his tally as a golden opening went begging, he rose well but his header failed to test.
Almost inevitably, after the setback at Sutton, changes were made for the next test, this time at the other end of the country. John Sheridan shuffled the pack and brought in Jalal, Sam Wedgbury, Charlie Wakefield and Denton as Luke Coddington, Robbie Weir, Scott Boden and Jonathan Smith stepped aside with just Boden and Coddington making the bench.
No need for the sprinklers today as almost all of Britain had experienced incessant rain. Here it finally eased off just before the kick-off. 
From the start, Denton posed problems for the home defence and went close as early as the second minute.

Pools should have gone ahead after neat work between Kabamba and Toure but the final shot produced only a flag kick; sadly it paid dividends as Toure, free at the back post, headed goalward, Jalal fumbled and Kioso poked home from close range (9).
Both wingers tried their luck, Gevaro and Hawkes, but neither tested either keeper as they claimed comfortably.
Good play between Fondop and Denton failed to threaten as Fondop’s shot lacked pace.
Gevaro was looking lively and beat two defenders before firing in a strong angled drive.
A Curtis Weston effort from distance forced Ben Killip to claim well low down at the near post.
Failure to clear well let in Toure who rushed his effort and skied over the crossbar.
Gavin Holohan did well as he dummied through the Spireites defence only to shoot weakly at Jalal.
The Spireites levelled from a corner on the left. Gevaro provided a superb teasing ball to the far post and Denton headed home with a downward header that lacked pace but proved unstoppable (37).
Denton was inches away from a second as Gevaro continued to feed quality balls in from the left.
Just the one minute added time as the Spireites will feel satisfied with parity at the interval.
A tempting ball into the box from Mark Kitching just failed to find a taker. United gained a free kick on the edge of the area but Hawkes’ effort flew waywardly wide.
The Spireites should have taken the lead when a ball from left found Joe Rowley who cut inside; he had clear sight of goal but agonisingly shot wide.
The first substitution came just before the hour when Boden replaced Mike Fondop. He immediately made a strong run on the right flank but his squared ball was cleared.
Toure remained a handful as again he beat his marker but headed narrowly wide.
Boden and Denton combined well and were causing problems as Denton volleyed wide at the far post; it wouldn’t have counted as the linesman had his flag held high.
Denton should have grabbed his second when Rowley provided the perfect ball from the right but his volley flew wide of the left upright.
Liam Mandeville replaced Charlie Wakefield who performed well throughout.
Jalal claimed well low down from Hawkes’ strong angled drive.
The second period had been very even in possession and threat and at ninety the Spireites were level but had to navigate through three added minutes. Tom Denton connected with Curtis Weston’s neat cross from the right but his header lacked power as Killip claimed and the game ended level.
Spireites: Jalal, Yarney, Evans (C), Rowley, Weston, Gevaro, Wedgbury, Wakefield (Mandeville, 76), Denton, Hollis, Fondop (Boden, 57)
Subs (unused): Coddington, Sheridan, McGlashan
Attendance: 2,953 (133 Chesterfield)

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