Spireites Seconds Away from their First Victory of the Season.
10th September 2012
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The Spireites travelled to York, looking for their first league win of the season. Westcarr came in for Boden after missing the midweek win against Oldham through suspension, Allott replaced Randall in Centre Midfield. Richard O'Donnell making his league debut replacing the injured Keeper Tommy Lee. Hazel made his League debut on the left, replacing Whittaker who was absent due to his partner giving birth.


The Ground was like going back in time for the Spireite faithful, an away terrace and outside redbricked toilets, reminded fans of Saltergate. The main concern for the Spireite fans was how would O'Donnell play, having to replace Cult Hero Tommy Lee and making his First league apperance for the Club, having signed from Sheffield Wednesday in the Summer. Soon as the game started O'Donnell was talking to his team mates, making sure they were taking up their right positions, he has commanding presence and looks confident, you wouldn't have thought he was making his debut. Crosses came in and he dealt with them with confidence. He made good judgements, at one time he punched the ball away, which he made sure went clear of danger.


The Spireites took the lead in the 35th minute when Richards was twice denied by keeper Ingram. The ball then fell to Hird who stabbed the ball home to score his first goal for the Club. You couldn't see were York was going to get a goal from, with five minutes left till half time, Coulson made a goal from nothing with a delighful chip over Donaldson to put the Minstermen level. A minute later the rejuvenated Westcarr made it 2 in two games, when he slotted home a lovely through ball from Togwell.

H.T. 1-2


York City bombarded the Chesterfield Penalty box with lots of high balls and the defence goal calmly dealt with everything York threw at them. On 60 minutes the young Hazel came off, replaced by Boden. I would have rather seen Lester come on to partner Richards, with Westcarr moving to the left. Lester could have caused the York City defence a lot of problems and could have put the game beyond them. Neal Trotman had to put in a block to stop the pacey Ashley Chambers. Carlisle came close for the home side, putting his header just wide.


Clay came on for Allott in the 85th minute, and Lester came on for Richards with only 2 minutes of full time remaining. Yet again Richards and Lester don't get anytime to play together, which I feel would be a good combination. Four minutes of stoppage time remaing, O'Donnell somehow managed to scissor kick the ball to safety from a poor back pass from Trotman.


Just as the Spireite faithful were ready to celebrate their first league win of the season, with 4 minutes of stoppage time gone, a wonder volley from Walker put the sides level.


With two home games coming up the Spireites will need to win both, first up are Wycombe and then Accrington Stanley.

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