Spireites Victorious in FA Cup First Round.
Chesterfield cruised to victory against FC United of Manchester by a 4-1 scoreline and ultimately progressed into the second round of this year's FA Cup. Gboly Ariyibi, Lee Novak, Rai Simons and Ollie Banks all netted for the Spireites while the home side's late consolation came courtesy of Luke Ashworth.
Dean Saunders made a total of three changes for this particular encounter, as Richard Wood, Ariyibi and Novak took the places of Charlie Raglan, Dan Gardner and Simons.
In the opening moments, Ariyibi took matters into his own hands with an individual run that culminated in a wayward cross that evaded an advancing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Only seven minutes had been played in this contest before the Spireites took the lead, as Ariyibi met a low Ebanks-Blake cross and fired past the opposing goalkeeper from close range.
With 12 minutes on the clock, the Spireites doubled their advantage through Novak’s first-time strike after the forward met a perfect delivery from Daniel Jones on the left-hand side. A rare foray forwards on the home side's behalf came to an abrupt end after Tom Greaves struck from 12 yards and watched the ball bounce straight into the path of Tommy Lee who gathered with relative ease.
Leading a counter-attack, Sam Morsy advanced from the half-way line before trying his luck with a left-footed attempt that sailed narrowly wide of the post. Sam Sheridan attempted a speculative effort from around 20 yards that was gathered with ease by Lee, who then prepared to instigate another attack for his side.
Just before the half-time whistle, Drew Talbot found the head of Novak with his left-footed cross and the forward’s attempt was saved convincingly by the opposing goalkeeper.
After the break, Rory Patterson latched onto a lofted through-ball before failing at the final hurdle as his lacklustre attempt from around 12 yards bounced out of play for a goal-kick. Simons entered proceedings from the substitutes’ bench and fed a neat through-ball towards Jones, who failed to reach before the advancing goalkeeper.
On 68 minutes, Simons netted a third for the Spireites after going clear and finishing past the opposing goalkeeper who was helpless in stopping the forward’s finish. Entering the latter stages, Jay O'Shea took matters into his own hands with an individual strike that took a deflection before landing straight in the palms of the opposing goalkeeper.
Just two minutes of normal time remained when Banks grabbed his side's fourth of the evening, as the midfielder’s strike from distance nestled into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. Deep into the three minutes of additional time, the home side netted a consolation through Ashworth’s towering header after the player connected with a driven corner-kick.