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Spireites XI win at Staveley

21 January 2020

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Luke Rawson scored twice as a Spireites XI ran out 3-1 winners against Staveley Miners Welfare at Inkersall Road.

John Pemberton included quite a few experienced players with Robbie Weir, Anthony Gerrard and Mike Fondop all starting for Chesterfield.

Several younger players were also given a chance to find some match fitness with the likes of Charlie Wakfield, Jamie Sharman and Callum Brook included in the line-up.

The visitors took an early lead with the first attempt of the game when Fondop’s floated cross found the head of Rawson, who headed past Myles Wright.

Rawson was unfortunate to not score a second within 15 minutes. The striker was unmarked at the back post but saw his effort well blocked by the Staveley defence.

Ross Fitzsimons was forced into making a fantastic fingertip save in the 18th minute. Joe Pugh’s long-range curling effort was tipped over the bar by the keeper.

The Spireites doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark. Wakefield provided a low cross for Rawson who tapped home to grab his second of the game.

Just before half time, Chesterfield added another goal through Wakefield. The midfielder made his way past two defenders before firing home past Wright.

The first chance of the second period fell to the Blues. Joe Rowley's powerful free-kick whistled wide of the Staveley goal.

Rawson came close to grabbing a hat-trick a few minutes later. The 18-year-old turned smartly on the edge of the box before firing his effort just wide.

Pemberton’s side looked to extend their lead in the second but found former Spireite Wright in inspired form as he made several saves.

With ten minutes to go, the Trojans pulled one back. Matty Parkin squeezed his shot from the right-hand side of the box past Fitzsimons to reduce the lead.

Chesterfield were unfortunate not to grab a fourth goal as Levi Amantchi and Fondop both had goals chalked off for off-side.

Chesterfield: Fitzsimons, Brook, Gerrard, Sharman, McKay, Weir, Wakefield, Rowley, Sheridan, Fondop, Rawson.

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