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REPORT: Debut Hallam goal earns point for Spireites


Sheffield United loanee Jordan Hallam scored on his debut to give Chesterfield a hard-fought point against play-off chasing Eastleigh.


Alex Wynter gave the Spitfires the lead after 12 minutes before debutant Hallam levelled the scores with three minutes of the first half left.


Both teams gave their all in the second half but Martin Allen's side couldn't find the goal that would prevent their eighth successive league draw.


After a nervy opening tot he game, the hosts took the lead on the 12th minute. Mark Yeates' corner was flicked on by Ben Williamson before Wynter headed home from six yards past Callum Burton.


The away side almost equalised immediately through Jonathan Smith, who broke into the box but his shot was deflected wide of the post.


Yeates was causing problems with his crosses and almost grabbed an assist when his cross was met by Paul McCallum, but Burton made a fantastic reaction save to keep the striker out.


With ten minutes of the first half to go, Lee Shaw almost pulled the visitors level but he couldn't quite get fully around Max Stryjek and the keeper saved the attempted shot.


However, the Spireites would only have to wait seven more minutes until the equaliser came. Jerome Binnom-Williams made a brilliant run down the left hand side before setting up Jordan Hallam, who curled a shot from just inside the box past Stryjek.


In the second half, Chesterfield started as the better side but almost found themselves behind before the 50th minute. A mistake by Laurence Maguire allowed McCallum through but his shot was wide of the mark.


With an hour of the game gone, Allen brought Amantchi on to try and change the game and within the first minute of the young striker being on, he shot wide of the post.


Eastleigh managed to create some chances of their own, especially through Yeates who had two shots from outside the box that had Burton scrambling.


Chesterfield then had two fantastic chances themselves to try and end the winless run. First of all Amantchi somehow fired wide from less than 10 yards.


Substitute Sam Muggleton then tried his luck, this time from range. However, the long throw specialist's strike hit the top of the bar.


The Spitfires almost nicked the three points with a minute to go but Burton was on hand to save Yeates' shot from outside the box before McCallum's rebound hit the bottom of the upright.


This result means that Chesterfield now have eight successive draws and are now in the relegation zone after Dagenham & Redbridge's win over Bromley.

 

Post-Match Verdict: Not a bad draw


Considering how the first half went, a draw actually isn't a bad result in hindsight. In fact, the Spireites could've won it.


Shaw and Hallam looked impressive and were looking sharp. Amanatchi and Muggleton both had good cameos and were very unlucky not to score.


There were a couple of negatives. Curtis Weston seemed to rush into everything and the defence made a couple of crucial mistakes.


However, on that performance, it could go either way on Tuesday against Bromley but I do think that there is a good chance that 'Mad Dog' could get one over Grimsby Town.

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