REPORT: Spireites slip to narrow defeat against Halifax Town

Chesterfield fell to back-to-back defeats with goals from Jeff King and Jake Hyde. Kairo Mitchell reduced the deficit however James Rowe’s men didn’t do enough to get anything out of the game and were defeated 2-1.

Rowe made three changes with goalkeeper James Montgomery making his Spireites debut. Gavin Gunning and Tom Whelan also came into the eleven.

The first chance of the game fell to Chesterfield when Mitchell received the ball inside the area. His strike from an acute angle tested Sam Johnson in the Halifax goal.

However it was the Shaymen who took the lead in the 7th minute through Jeff King, who’s low strike from the edge of the area evaded everyone and snuck into the bottom corner.

In the 21st minute Liam Mandeville tried his luck for the hosts however his shot flew high and wide. A few minutes later Curtis Weston thundered an effort towards goal which also went over the crossbar.

Pete Wild’s side doubled their lead in the 42nd minute when Jake Hyde got his head onto King’s corner and guided it into the far corner.

Despite knocking the ball around well and having a handful of chances, Chesterfield were behind at the break to a side which made their attacks count.

In the 53rd minute George Carline lashed the ball across the face of goal and Nathan Tyson connected but his effort was cleared off the line by Clarke.

Chesterfield halved the defecit in the 70th minute when Maher’s slip allowed Mitchell to pounce and put the ball in the back of the net to score his first goal for the club.

Right at the death Kerr nearly equalised but his shot was kept out by ‘keeper Johnson.

Chesterfield (3-4-2-1): Montgomery; Kerr, Gunning (C), Maguire; Carline, Weston, Oyeleke, Whittle (Tyson 46’); Whelan (Taylor 55’), Mandeville (Clarke79’); Mitchell

Unused Substitutes: Yarney, Dinanga

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