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REPORT: Late County goal costs Spireites

Chesterfield suffered their third 2-1 defeat of the season after Alex Reid came off the bench to win it late on for Stockport County.


John Pemberton opted for one change to his starting eleven. Luke Rawson came into the side, replacing Alex Kiwomya. Nathan Tyson returned to the squad for the first time this season following injury.


Tom Denton claimed the first shot of the game in the opening minute but the striker could only poke the ball wide of goal.


A few minutes later Laurence Maguire delivered a dangerous ball into the box but it was claimed by ‘keeper Ben Hinchcliffe before Denton could get his head on it.


Despite a few half-chances for the Spireites, the away side dominated possession and caused Chesterfield lots of problems.


The Hatters took the lead through Mark Kitching in the 20th minute. The wingback produced a tremendous strike from the left, just inside the penalty area, which curled into the back of the net to give his side the lead.


Just three minutes later County wanted to try their luck from the penalty spot when they surrounded referee Andrew Miller appealing for a penalty after the ball appeared to hit the hand of Will Evans but nothing was given.


Chesterfield levelled in the 36th minute when Jordan Cropper found the back of the net from outside the penalty area. Stockport produced some important blocks following Liam Mandeville’s free-kick, but they couldn’t stop Cropper who fired home to equalise.


The Spireites had the ball in the back of the net again when Denton glanced it in following a flick-on from Will Evans but the linesman had his flag up for offside.


Just before the interval Kyle Letheren did well to tip Ash Palmer’s header over to keep the scores level going into the second half.


A few minutes in Jim Gannon's side had a chance to take the lead. Sam Minihan called Letheren into action, forcing the ‘keeper to parry to ball to his left.


On the hour mark a diagonal ball from Evans found Jonathan Smith on the right but the midfielder saw his effort go narrowly over.


But the Hatters responded and should have taken lead again when Connor Jennings sliced his effort centimetres wide at the near post.


After putting Chesterfield under plenty of pressure County finally found a breakthrough in the 85th minute. The ball was cleared off the line multiple times before it found substitute Reid who bundled home from close range.


County came close to extending their lead a few minutes later when Reid looked to chip Letheren but Cropper was there to deny the substitute of a second by heading the ball off the line.


Chesterfield had chances to level in stoppage time. Firstly when Cropper delivered a dangerous ball into the box which found Denton, but his tame effort was easily gathered by Hinchcliffe.


Cropper provided a decent cross once again but the onrushing Will Evans couldn’t quite reach it at the back post and Stockport were to claim all three points.


Spireites: Letheren, Cropper, Sharman, Evans, Maguire, Buchanan (Kiwomya 83), Weston (Butterfield 70’), Smith, Mandeville, Rawson (Tyson 58’), Denton

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