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Spireites draw at Dover

14 March 2020

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Chesterfield drew 1-1 away at Dover on Saturday after a late Nassim L’Ghoul strike cancelled out Tom Denton’s 80th minute penalty.

John Pemberton made just the one change from the victory at Chorley with Jamie Sharman coming into the line-up for Haydn Hollis.

The Spireites carved open an early opportunity when Jonathan Smith found Jordan Cropper on the right-hand side. The right-back fired in a low cross which was half-cleared as the defender slipped in the area but it was hacked away before Tom Denton could get to the ball.

Dover looked to respond when the ball fell to Kevin Lokko just over 20 yards from goal, although he could only slice the ball way wide.

The first big chance of the match was created by the visitors with the pacey Nathan Tyson getting away from his marker and dribbling into the box. The forward aimed a left-footed effort at goal but he couldn’t generate enough power to trouble Lee Worgan.

Cropper was the one manufacturing opportunities again for the Spireites when he cut past two defenders after coming in from the far side. The 19-year-old curled an effort with the outside of his right foot which took a deflection and fell to Denton in the box but the forward headed straight at the keeper.

Just over halfway through the first half, the hosts almost capitalised as Shwan Jalal could only parry a free-kick which was curled in from the far side. The ball dropped to Dominic Poleon, however, the Dover man could only poke over from just a couple of yards out.

With ten minutes of the first half remaining, Tyson’s pace was causing the hosts problems again. Josef Yarney put the striker through from the left-hand side, Tyson steadied himself and smashed his low effort on target but Worgan got down well to his left to make the stop.

Chesterfield began the second half strongly as Jordan Cropper launched a long throw into the near post. Liam Mandeville got up well to glance it back across goal, Tyson was there to meet it on the volley but Oscar Gobern made a crucial block.

Dover then threatened on the counter-attack as Poleon span in behind and delivered a low cross to Jalal’s near post but Evans slid in to make a crucial block.

Cropper was given an opportunity to break down the right after a quick throw from Jalal. The right-back then found Tyson’s run in behind, the striker cut in to shoot but Worgan raced out quickly to stop the strike.

The majority of the second half saw limited opportunities for both sides but the hosts had one of the better chances when Josh Passley clipped a cross from the right. Defender Will De Havilland got to it first but hooked his volley wide.

In the 80th minute, the Spireites were handed a huge opportunity to take the lead when a handball was given in the area. Tom Denton stepped up to take the penalty and confidently placed the ball into the bottom right corner.

Unfortunately for the visitors, substitute L’Ghoul was found in the area after a pass from Jack Munns and the winger turned and scored into the far corner to equalise just a minute from time.


Spireites: Jalal, Cropper (Hutchinson, 90+2), Yarney, Evans (C), Sharman, Buchanan, Smith, Weston, Mandeville, Tyson (Fondop, 84), Denton

Subs (unused): Fitzsimons, Boden, Weir

Attendance: 1,214 (161 Spireites supporters)

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