REPORT: Late Hines penalty saves Spireites

Zavon Hines' last-minute penalty saved a below-par Spireites from a first loss in nine against Bromley at the Proact Stadium.

The away side took the lead in the first half with a George Porter header before Hines converted his penalty after a handball by a Bromley defender.

Martin Allen made one change to the side that drew against Eastleigh. Hines was brought in for Lee Shaw, who was dropped to the bench.

A late change was also made before the game started. Jerome Binnom-WIlliams was taken ill and Sam Muggleton slotted into the team.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors. Jack Barham's fantastic cross found the head of Porter, but the striker headed wide of the post.

In the 19th minute, Chesterfield fashioned a chance of their own. Hines went past Sam Wood before striking the ball into the side netting.

The home side once again almost took the lead, 25 minutes in. Jonathan Smith's long range piledriver gave David Gregory a scare and skimmed the top of the crossbar.

However, Bromley found the breakthrough with about 10 minutes of the first half to go when a flick on from a free kick went to Porter, who headed home through Callum Burton's legs.

One could have been two on the stroke of half time when Danny Holland rose highest, but his header was straight at Burton.

Allen was not impressed with his team's performance in the first half and decided to switch it up when he brought on Levi Amantchi and Lee Shaw for Tom Denton and Curtis Weston.

It seemed to have a positive affect on the Spireites early in the second half. Hines' effort from just outside the box was pushed away by Gregory.

Fans were starting to have enough and calls of 'Mad Dog out' were ringing around the Proact.

Chesterfield were struggling to make any chances and it was summed up in the 76th minute. A free kick in a dangerous are was wasted when Hines and Hallam had a comical communication error, which then led to the Ravens getting a free kick and a chance to clear the ball.

The hosts had a couple of chances to try and grab the equaliser however, both Kyel Reid and Shaw failed to properly test the keeper with their efforts.

However, in the last minute, the Spireites were given a chance to continue the unbeaten run. The referee spotted a handball in the box before Hines calmly sent the ball down the middle to give the home side yet another 1-1 draw.

The result means that Chesterfield don't move anywhere in the table and stay 21st. It also means that it is now 19 league games without a league win, 12 unbeaten in all competitions and a ninth consecutive league draw heading into the FA Cup second round tie with Grimsby Town this Sunday.


Post-Match Verdict: No words

That simply put, was embarrassing. It almost sums up the last three seasons in a nutshell. Even though Chesterfield were dominant in possession, no one would have said that Bromley didn't deserve the win.

Martin Allen said that we were poor this evening and trust me, he did not mince his words in the post-match press conference.

He was brutally honest and I think every fan will join him by saying that if performances are to keep at that standard at home, this will end badly.

However, that was then and Grimsby is this Sunday. Everyone needs to forget the performance against Bromley and focus on upsetting the odds against the League Two side.

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