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REPORT: Injury Time Collapse allows County to Snatch Points


The Spireites somehow snatch defeat from the jaws of victory after an injury time double ensures County claim all three points, with a 3-2 victory at the death.


Caretaker Manager John Dungworth made one change to the side that lost 3-2 to Altrincham in midweek with Tyler Denton coming into the starting eleven to replace Milan Butterfield. As well as a change in personnel Dungworth opted for a change in formation, switching to a 4-4-2.


Neil Ardley’s men started the game well. Cal Roberts hit the woodwork with eleven minutes on the clock when he saw his curling effort crash off the far post.


Roberts proved he was a danger yet again. The winger beat Laurence Maguire on the left with ease to test Corey Addai but the Spireites ‘keeper was alert and diverted the ball away from goal.


The Magpies deservedly took the lead in the 21st minute. Jim O’Brien’s corner was headed towards the back post by Ben Turner and following a goalmouth scramble Enzio Boldewijn turned in from close range.


However the Spireites got their leveller just over ten minutes later. The home side passed the ball around well on the left to square to Jonathan Smith on the edge of the area, who fired into the far corner to score his first goal of the season.


The second half failed to spark into life until the later stages. Ardley made a double substitution on the hour mark. Eli Sam and Ruben Rodrigues came on to replace O’Brien and Boldewijn.


Chesterfield had a big chance to take the lead in the 65th minute when Tom Denton was through on goal, but the striker squared it to fellow Denton, Tyler, who fired over.


The two Denton’s linked up again and found the back of the net a few minutes later. Tyler swung in the perfect ball for Tom who’s header looped over Slocombe and into the net.


Despite leading up until the 91st minute, Chesterfield couldn’t see the game out. Unmarked Rodrigues headed home from a free-kick from inside the area to make it ‘game on’.


It went from bad to worse for the manageress Spireites who conceded again from another set-piece. Kyle Wooton latched onto a free-kick from the right and headed past Addai to snatch all three points.


A fourth straight defeat for the Spireites who once again gave points away at the death.


Chesterfield (4-4-2): Addai; Yarney, Evans, Maguire, Buchanan; Cropper, Smith, Weston, Tyler Denton; Boden, Tom Denton


Notts County (4-3-3): Slocombe; Brindley, Rawlinson, Turner, Kelly-Evans; Reeves, Doyle, O’Brien; Roberts, Wooton, Boldewijn


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