REPORT: Spireites held at the Hive

A Mike Fondop brace wasn’t enough to give Chesterfield all three points after Barnet battled from behind twice in North London.

John Sheridan made four changes to the side that fell to defeat against Woking in midweek. New signings Mike Fondop and Jermaine McGlashan came straight into the side, along with Anthony Gerrard who made his league debut.

The former Wrexham striker made a dream start to his Chesterfield debut by finding the back of the net inside 110 seconds. Fondop found Yarney’s cross from the right, to head home into the Barnet net.

But the hosts soon responded a few minutes letter when Chelsea Academy product Jack Taylor let fly from the edge of the box. He curled his effort into the top corner of the net, levelling for the Bees to make his 100th appearance for the North London club one to remember.

The second new signing for the Spireites was also making an impressive start, McGlashan certainly wasn’t afraid to run at players, often creating room and crossing into the box.

Despite many chances for both sides, the two teams went into the second half level.

A great chance for the Bees to take the lead came just after the break. Ephron Mason-Clark’s cross glanced just past Simeon Akinola at the back post and went out for a goal kick.

However it was the visitors and Fondop who took the lead again, this time in the 49th minute. Fondop picked up the ball from Evans on the right hand side and tried his luck, Bees ‘keeper Scott Loach got a hand to it but it was hardly enough to stop Fondop firing the rebound into the net from a tight angle.

A great run from McGlashan allowed him to put in a dangerous cross that fell to Liam Mandeville, but his strike flew well over.

Things were looking good for Chesterfield until Anthony Gerrard brought down Mason-Clark in the area. The referee pointed to the spot and to no surprise Akinola stepped up and fired the ball into the left of the net, scoring his third penalty of the season so far.

Darren Currie's side had levelled proceedings once again, with just under half an hour left to play.

Loach pulled off a magnificent double-save in the 85th minute to prevent the Spireites taking all three points. The Barnet. ‘keeper somehow palmed away Fondop’s header. The ball only fell as far as David Buchanan who's diving header was tipped away from danger.

The final whistle was blown and the Spireites once again shared the points away from home.

Chesterfield: Jalal, Buchanan, Yarney (Smith 65), Evans, Weston, Mandeville, Gerrard, McGlashen, Boden (Weir 65), Hollis (Sheridan 65), Fondop

Attendance: 1119 (247 away)

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