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Spireites draw at home

25 January 2020

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Jonathan Smith’s first-half strike wasn’t enough to secure a third successive victory as the Spireites were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with AFC Fylde at the Proact Stadium.

John Pemberton made one change to the side that beat Eastleigh last weekend as Josef Yarney returned to the starting line-up in place of Jamie Sharman.

Tom Denton provided the first chance of the game. Jordan Cropper’s cross from the right-hand side met the head of the forward but his effort was gathered Sam Hornby.

The visitors responded with a chance of their own when a flowing move found the feet of Ryan Croasdale, who fired the ball into the side-netting.

As the first half continued, both sides were starting to create good chances. Curtis Weston's rocket of a half-volley whistled just wide of the left-hand post.

Tom Walker also went close with a snap-shot from the edge of the box which was deflected over Shwan Jalal’s head and out for a corner.

Just after the half-hour mark, Chesterfield took the lead when Jalal produced a save at one end before Smith took aim and beat the keeper with a half-volley from the edge of the box.

Minutes into the second half, Fylde were presented with a decent chance to find an equaliser when Walker raced through on goal but dragged his shot wide of the mark.

Smith almost scored his second of the game a minute later when his effort beat Hornby but the ball hit the side-netting.

Jalal punctuated his recent run of great form with some more goalsaving saves. Jordan Williams was first denied after trying to round the shot stopper before Jalal once again denied Williams with an excellent point-blank save.

However, with less than 15 minutes remaining, the Coasters responded with the equaliser when Haughton was allowed through on goal and made no mistake, firing past Jalal.

Both sides battled to find a winner but Will Evans saw his header crash off the bar and Jalal made a crucial double save in added time to ensure the two teams came away with a point apiece.

Chesterfield: Jalal, Cropper (Weir 82), Yarney, Evans, Hollis, Buchanan, Wedgbury (Mandeville 56), Smith, Weston, Denton, Boden (Tyson 59).
Unused substitutes: Wharton & Sharman.

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