REPORT: Spireites share the spoils at York Road

Josef Yarney's first ever professional goal gave the Spireites a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw against Maidenhead United at York Road.

John Sheridan made three changes to the side that fell to defeat against Dover. Robbie Weir, Curtis Weston and Jack McKay all failed to keep their places, with Haydn Hollis and Laurence Maguire returning from illness to come into the side and Sam Wedgbury making his second ever start for the Spireites.

Chesterfield made a positive start to the game with a few early chances coming their way. First it was Liam Mandeville who saw his opportunity fly off target. Joe Rowley got his head onto David Buchanan’s cross, but he powered the effort over the bar.

In the 15th minute Danny Whitehall found himself in a good position for the home side, but Yarney dealt with him well and cleared the ball from danger.

Mandeville sent the ball to Boden at the back post, he got his foot to it but failed to control it and the ball went out for a goal kick.

Another good chance for the came Spireites in the 36th minute. Maguire’s long-range effort was punched out by Magpies keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond but the rebound only went as far as Mandeville who tried to tuck it away in to the right-hand corner. However, it was Ashby-Hammond who came to Maidenhead’s rescue once again and kept it out.

Despite many chances for the Spireites they couldn’t convert one into a goal and there was nothing to separate the two sides at the break.

The first chance of the second half fell to Alan Devonshire’s side. A ball from the right found Whitehall but his strike on goal was comfortably saved by Schwan Jalal.

The Magpies took their chance and opened the scoring on the hour mark. Remy Clerima met a cross from the right to strike into the left corner of the net, putting his side 1-0 up going into the last half an hour of the game.

But the Spireites found their equaliser in the 77th minute. Will Evans nodded the ball down to fellow centre half Yarney, who drilled the ball, hard and low past Ashby-Hammond.

With just under five minutes from time, substitute Jay Sheridan did well to keep the scores leve; A dangerous cross came in but Sheridan kept it away from goal to keep the score level.

Chesterfield: Jalal, Buchanan (Sheridan 73) , Yarney, Evans, Maguire, Rowley, Mandeville, Boden, Wedgbury (Weir 73), Smith (McKay 73), Hollis

Attendance: 1471

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