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REPORT: Spireites held by AFC Fylde


Chesterfield are now 12 games without a win after a goalless with high-flying AFC Fylde at the Proact Stadium.


Martin Allen made one change to the team that drew with Maidstone United last Saturday as Marc-Antoine Fortune was brought in for the injured Charlie Carter.


The game started with a barrage of long throws by Sam Muggleton that were dealt by the stubborn Fylde defence.


However, the visitors had the first chance of the game when Danny Rowe's in-swinging cross went just wide of the post.


Chances in the first were very few and far between thanks to both defences standing firm and cancelling out the attacks.


Either side of the half hour mark, the Spireites had a couple of half chances. Firstly, Will Evans saw his free kick sail over the crossbar and then Fortune had his goal bound effort deflected out for a corner.


As the first half continued, the officials continued not to spot the shirt-pulling on Tom Denton, but the hosts almost took the lead via a set piece.


Jerome Binnom-Williams free kick was headed towards goal by Curtis Weston, but his header bounced just past the post.


In added time of the first period, the Coasters had a golden chance to take the lead. Joe Cardle somehow put his effort over from six yards after a fantastic cross by Rowe.


If there was very few chance in the first 45, then the second half provided hardly anything in the way of efforts.


Chesterfield were let off a couple times as Fylde's top scorer, Rowe, wasted two very good chances.


With five minutes to go, Weston was sent off after deliberately stopping the away side's counter attack with his hand. However, the assistant's flag was up for offside and referee, Joe Hull, rescinded the red card. The game then fizzled out and ended 0-0.


After the result, the Spireites haven't moved up or down in the table, but tehy have moved two points in front of Havant and Waterlooville.

 

Post-Match Verdict: Only a matter of time?


Let's face it, that was better. It still wasn't a win, but the Spireites stood firm agaisnt a very good Fylde side.


I believe most of the players played well today including the defence. I particularly liked Jonathan Smith and Sam Muggleton at full back.


After today's performance, I do believe the win is not far away. The one problem is that the next couple games are against some very tough teams.


However, there is an FA Cup break in-between the Halifax and Wrexham games. So, that could give the players a little bit of confidence if Martin Allen's side are to be successful.


Like I said, I do believe the win is close, but we need a performance like today's.

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