The start of the 2013/14 season kicked off with an away fixture, as Chesterfield travelled to Gigg Lane for the first time in nearly two years, following Bury’s relegation from League One.
Early in the first half, striker Shaun Harrad had a close-range header, courtesy of a Craig Jones free-kick, which visiting goalkeeper Tommy Lee held comfortably. Midfielder Tom Soares then had a golden chance in front of goal, only for him to slice his shot wide of the goal, after a teasing cross from Harrad.
The visitors’ just couldn’t get anything going during the first period. The defence looked out of balance, due to the first choice pair being missing through injury, although they managed to get in level at the break.
After the restart, there was a vast improvement from the away side, looking composed in possession and playing with a higher tempo. This proved effective when Jay O’shea managed to beat Bury skipper Gareth Roberts, then finish smartly from an acute angle, to give the Spireites the advantage. Then, on 66 minutes, striker Marc Richards led a quick counter-attack, beat his marker Richard Hinds, and shot straight into the bottom left-hand corner of the net, putting daylight between the two teams.
The second half was a much better showing from the Spireites, controlling the game after a pretty average first 45 minutes. For the rest of the match, the Shakers struggled to create opportunities, enabling the Spireites to hold on for their first win, on the opening day of the new campaign.
It was everything the large travelling support had hoped for. Now, they look forward to the League Cup fixture against Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Wednesday night.
First team/Development coach Kevin Lynch mentioned his side’s effort. He Said: “They Dug deep and gave a good account of themselves so they deserve a big pat on the back.” He also believes there is good competition for places. He commented: “We’re all united and it’s important we stay that way. The gaffer can only pick 11 players so they’ll always be disappointment.” He was also happy with the result. He stated: “It was shown by brilliant goals that matched the performance – I’m pleased all round.”
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