REPORT: Spireites held at home by Shots

Chesterfield returned to the top of the National League despite a goalless draw with Aldershot Town at the Technique Stadium.

The Spireites were boosted by new signing Joe Quigley starting as well as Laurence Maguire, Joe Rowley and Tom Denton returning to the matchday squad after long lay offs.

Proceedings were dominated by James Rowe’s side, but they could not find a way past a stubborn Shots defence as the points were shared.

The visitors started brightly but failed to create a good chance with their early dominance. Lewis Kinsella’s 20-yard effort flew over the crossbar.

New signing Quigley was looking to provide a good early impression to the Chesterfield fans and almost got it – heading wide from Laurence Maguire’s floated cross.

Aldershot skipper, Kinsella, provided the away side with their best attacking outlet. His wicked crosses found Corey Jordan and Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong but their efforts did little to trouble Scott Loach in the Chesterfield goal.

As the half drew on, the Spireites continued to turn the screw in search for an opening goal. Jeff King and Saidou Khan tried their luck from distance, but both failed to find the back of the net as the teams went into the break level.

Similar to the back end of the first period, the second half produced a barrage of blue shirts looking to break the siege set-up by the Shots.

Tyrone Williams caught a volley sweetly from 20-yards, which forced Mitch Walker into action as he produced a strong save.

Quigley continued to hunt down a goal on his debut but was once again thwarted as a header and strong effort saw Walker called into action.

Khan became the latest Spireite to have a go at goal; his 25-yard piledrive skimmed the top of the crossbar as the ball landed on the roof of the net.

The return of Denton saw more long balls enter the Aldershot 18-yard area, however the defence stood stern, and the game ended with a stalemate.

Chesterfield (3-4-1-2): Loach; Williams, Croll, Maguire; King, Weston, Khan, Miller (Whittle 55); Asante (Mandeville 68); Quigley (Denton 82), Tshimanga.

Subs not used: Kerr, Rowley.

Attendance: 6,422

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