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REPORT: Spireites dispatch ten-man Boreham Wood


GOAL: Tom Denton celebrates the first of his two goals.

A Tom Denton double helped Chesterfield to a 3-2 victory over ten-man Boreham Wood in the last home game of the Spireites' first season in the National League.


The tall striker cancelled out Kieran Murtagh's first half free-kick before Scott Boden fired the hosts back in the lead with a penalty.


Justin Shaibu equalise for the away side with another penalty before Manny Perry’s dismissal and Denton’s late winner.


Leading marksman Boden had two golden chances to put John Sheridan’s side ahead - both times George Legg produced two fantastic saves with his leg to deny the 29-year-old.


Captain Jonathan Smith tried his best to add to his five goals this season, with his effort from outside the penalty area rising over the bar.


However, Boreham Wood took the lead just before half hour mark against the run of play as Kieran Murtagh powerfully curled a free-kick perfectly past Shwan Jalal in the Spireites goal.


Chesterfield looked for an instant reply, but Denton saw his header go over the bar and Curtis Weston had a fierce effort parried away by Legg.


Just before the break, Denton finally got his goal as Bradley Barry dug out a cross which found the number 30, who chested the ball down and half-volleyed it into the back of the net.


Five minutes into the second half, the Spireites took the lead when Boden’s cross was stopped by the hand of a Boreham Wood defender.


The striker took the penalty and sent Legg the wrong way to complete the turnaround.


With the hour mark on the horizon, Luke Garrard’s side got a spot kick of their own after Josef Yarney handled the ball in the box, with Shaibu stepping up and coolly slotting home.


Ten minutes after the equaliser, the Wood were reduced to ten men after Perry received his marching orders; his rash challenge on Barry was enough for referee Josh Smith to brandish a second yellow card.


The man advantage was finally exploited with just five minutes of normal time left when Legg dropped a cross from the left onto the head of Denton, who nodded home to complete his brace.


With just Maidenhead United to play, the Spireites sit in 12th place, two points above Bromley, Barnet and Dover Athletic. Chesterfield also sit just two points behind Ian Evatt’s Barrow.


Chesterfield: Jalal, Barry, Yarney, Evans, Hollis, Chapman, Smith © (Weir 70'), Weston (Carter 70'), Rowley, Denton, Boden (Shaw 70')


Unused Substitutes: McKay, Kiwomya


Attendance: 4,384 (43 away)

 

Post-Match Verdict | Four home wins in a row


Well, life at the Proact this season has been bitter-sweet. Just the eight wins out of 23 home games.


However, the last four home games have shown real grit from the team as they have had to battle to get each and every one of those wins.


As John Sheridan and I are sure a lot of Chesterfield fans have said, the team need to take this kind of form into next season to try and get out of this league.


There is still one more roadblock before the end of the season though, that being Maidenhead United.


A win and the Spireites will have secured a top half finish in a turbulent season.

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