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REPORT: Spireites cast Coasters aside in FA Cup clash

Chesterfield cruised into the First Round Proper of the Emirates FA Cup, and showed heart to come back from behind to beat AFC Fylde 3-1 thanks to goals from Will Evans and Tom Denton.

The Coasters started the better side and found the first chance of the game in the third minute when Ash Hemmings headed his effort over the bar.

Fylde came close again when Joe Rowley lost possession in the middle of the pitch, leaving the hosts to advance goal-ward along with a Sam Muggleton slip letting Joe Cardle through to shoot, but his effort was denied by Spireites 'keeper Callum Burton who tipped it over the bar.

The hosts soon found a goal from 15 yards out, when leading goal scorer Danny Rowe fired his effort past Burton and into the net after a weak Chesterfield clearance.

However, Chesterfield bagged an equaliser through a Will Evans free-kick, which he blitzed into the bottom corner with his right foot, putting the Spireites back in the game.

Another chance came for the Blues when a Tom Denton header ricocheted off a number of bodies but went out for a corner.

A chance to take the lead came for Chesterfield when Tom Denton went down in the box, a penalty was given and Denton himself stepped up to slot it nicely into the back of the net; 2-1 Chesterfield.

In the closing stages of the first half Fylde had a chance to level when Cardle failed to control a good ball from Hemmings, which went out for a goal kick.

As play resumed a chance arose for the hosts, as a Cardle ball was headed over by Danny Philliskirk.

With 70 minutes gone, Denton grabbed his second of the afternoon, when he headed substitute Zavon Hines' corner into the back of the net.

The Coasters had a good opportunity to score in the closing minutes of the game when Hemmings' shot rattled the crossbar, but Fylde couldn't find the back of the net and the game ended 3-1 to Chesterfield, who clocked their first win since 11 August.


Post Match Verdict: An unfamiliar feeling of victory

Martin Allen and his Chesterfield side celebrate a first victory in 14 games

A decent performance made Chesterfield the second team to beat Fylde this season, along with Salford City. There's no doubt that Fylde are a good side and in my opinion, more important than getting through to the First Round Proper was gathering some momentum to turn a corner.

Hopefully this FA Cup victory will revitalise the Spireites' National League campaign and their form will pick up, now unbeaten in four.

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