REPORT: Late goal costs Spireites against Alty

Chesterfield were defeated 3-2 at Moss Lane by fellow strugglers Altrincham. Scott Boden and Jordan Cropper got their names on the scoresheet but the home side put three past the Spireites to secure all the points.

John Pemberton made three changes to the side that were beaten 2-1 by Maidenhead on Saturday. The biggest surprise the was arrival of new signing Corey Addai who was brought in last minute on loan from Barnsley. The 6’7” ‘keeper came straight into the side to replace Kyle Letheren. Josef Yarney and Jonathan Smith also came in, replacing Jamie Sharman and Joe Rowley.

The game got off to a lively start. In the opening minute Laurence Maguire headed over a free-kick before David Buchanan made a decent block to keep Alty out at the other end.

Tom Denton recorded a shot on target but his effort was straight down the throat of the Robins ‘keeper Tony Thompson.

The Spireites took the lead in the 14th minute through Boden who made it his second goal in two. The initial strike from Cropper was blocked but the ball was headed across goal by Maguire to Boden who headed home from close range.

However the home side put things back on level terms on the half hour mark.

Matty Kosylo teed up Fisayo Adarabioyo who smartly finished past Addai to equalise.

Before the break Denton saw his header cleared off the line by former-Mansfield man Billy Sass Davies.

A few minutes later Sass-Davies was in action up the other end. His glancing header from a corner flew wide.

The chances didn’t stop coming in the second half either. In the opening minutes John Pemberton’s side rattled the woodwork. Buchanan curled a ball into the back post which fell to Cropper. The wing-back saw his volley defected onto the underside of the crossbar.

However the home side were handed the opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot. Josh Hancock capitalised on the chance, tucking the ball into the left corner of the net after Curtis Weston conceded the penalty.

But the Spireites responded instantly. Less than a minute after Alty went ahead, Cropper fired home from the edge of the area to put things back level.

With 69 gone Robins’ ‘keeper Thompson did well to deny Denton’s header with his fingertips.

However the game was in for one final turn as Alty made it 3-2 in the 89th minute to secure their first home victory of the season. Hancock slotted beautifully into the left corner after a tidy move in the middle allowed him through.

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