REPORT: Spireites second half collapse at Stockport

Second half goals from Elliot Osborne and Nyal Bell condemned the Spireites to a eighth consecutive league games without a win after a 2-0 loss to Stockport County at Edgeley Park.

John Sheridan made four changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Barrow. Laurence Maguire returned after his three-match ban, while Josef Yarney, Jonathan Smith and Joe Rowley who all finished Saturday’s game after being subbed on came into the side.

Chesterfield had the first real opportunity to try and find the back of the net 20 minutes in. Maguire saw his long-range, low effort deflect past Ben Hinchliffe’s right post to go out for a corner.

Maguire was enjoying his more attacking role and really should have opened the lead before half time. The defensive midfielder latched onto Jermaine McGlashan’s cross and headed over at the back post in the 37th minute.

Despite not creating a lot of chances, Chesterfield managed to contain Stockport in the first half and it was all to play for in the final 45 minutes, with the scores 0-0 at the break.

But it was County who opened the scoring just 22 seconds after the interval. Osborne made hos way into the Spireites penalty area before seeing his effort deflect over Shwan Jalal and into the back of the net.

The Hatters nearly got another when Adam Thomas’ low ball travelled across the face of the goal, just needing a touch from Frank Mulhern who wasn’t far away, but he failed to get anything on it as the ball went out for a goal kick.

Despite a poor start to the second half, Chesterfield had a chance to equalise 56 minutes in. Rowley’s teasing cross was palmed away by Hinchliffe.

The Spirieites were let off when Scott Boden’s mistake allowed Jake Kirby to get a shot on goal but luckily for the visitors his effort curled wide.

County managed to double their lead just over ten minutes from time. Former Spireite, Connor Dimaio, provided the assist to fellow substitute Bell. His curling effort found the back of the net, to seal the victory for his side.

Chesterfield are now without a win in their first seven league games this season. However, a first three points could arrive next Saturday when they welcome Dagenham and Redbridge to the Proact Stadium.

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