REPORT: Spireites dig deep to take draw from Meadow Park

Chesterfield put up a fight against Boreham Wood to claim a point, despite being down to 10 men for the last half an hour of the game.

John Sheridan kept faith in the side that drew 1-1 with Maidenhead United during midweek.

It was the home side who opened the scoring in the 16th minute from the penalty spot. It was made difficult by the windy conditions for Shwan Jalal to get a firm hold on the ball so he punched it only as far as Kabongo Tshimanga who was fouled by Will Evans.

Man in the middle, Alan Dale, pointed to the spot and Tshimanga stepped up to send Jalal the wrong way and put his side ahead.

However, the Spireites levelled 10 minutes later. A low cross from Joe Rowley allowed Scott Boden to tap the ball into the net past Wood keeper David Gregory.

After a scrappy first half, John Sheridan’s men managed to take the lead shortly before the break. A corner came in from the right, Johnathan Smith got his head to it and the ball just crossed the line to put the Spireites in the lead going into the second half.

10 minutes into the second period of play and Boreham Wood found their equaliser. It was Tshimanga who found the net again. His effort from distance deflected off the Spireites’ defence and into the left corner of the net.

Prospects looked even worse for the Spireites just after the hour mark when Maguire saw a straight red for a challenge on Keiran Murtagh.

But the Spireites battled hard and had a number of chances to create a goal. Just five minutes from time Murtagh headed Adam McDonnell’s corner onto the crossbar, but it ricochet back, to the Spireites delight.

A chance for the Spireites to grab an injury time winner came through substitute Robbie Weir, who saw his strike fly over.

Chesterfield: Jalal, Buchanan, Hollis, Evans, Yarney, Smith, Wedgbury (Weir 66), Maguire, Rowley (Weston 88), Mandeville, Boden

Attendance: 715

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