REPORT: Spireites fall short against Guiseley

Chesterfield ended their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 defeat against National League North side Guiseley.

John Pemberton fielded a strong team for their final test ahead of the opening game of the 2020/21 season.

The Spireites had the first chance of the game in the 4th minute when David Buchanan’s ball from the left met Luke Rawson, but the striker’s header flew above the target.

The visitors came close soon after when Will Evans failed to stop Jonathon Wafula advancing into the box, luckily for the home side David Buchanan got down to make an important block to keep the the ball out of the net.

21 minutes in Liam Mandeville went agonisingly close when his overhead kick flew centimetres above the crossbar.

However it was the Lions who took the lead in the 34th minute when Kaine Felix found himself one-on-one with Dylan Wharton. He tried to lob the ‘keeper but his effort bounced off the post and fell to Wafula who tapped home with ease.

Pemberton made two changes at the break. Luke Rawson and Liam Mandeville made way for Tom Denton and Curtis Weston.

Just five minutes into the second half the visitors thought they’d doubled their lead. Numerous efforts were cleared off the line but Howarth’s strike flew wide and out for a goal kick.

On the hour mark the Spireites found themselves defending four consecutive corners but they somehow managed to keep the goal deficit at one.

A few minutes later Denton latched onto Buchanan’s cross but his header flew over.

Chesterfield couldn’t find an equaliser in the later stages of the game, meaning they suffered a 1-0 defeat in their final test ahead of the new season.

Spireites: Wharton, Cropper, Yarney, Evans, Hollis, Buchanan, Butterfield, Smith, Mandeville, Boden, Rawson

Subs: Hutchinson, Maguire, Denton, Brook, Weston, Rowley, Sharman, McKay

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