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REPORT: Spireites start decade with humiliating defeat


Jake Beesley’s brace against his former club helped Solihull Moors to a comfortable 3-0 win over the Spireites in what turned out to be John Sheridan's last game as Chesterfield manager.


Sheridan made for one change to the team that lost 1-0 to Halifax Town as Liam Mandeville came into the side for Gevaro.


In the opening minute the ball was in the back of the net, but fortunately for the Spireites it didn’t count. Beesley received a long ball over the top and managed to chip over Shwan Jalal, but the offside flag was up to disallow.


In the 7th minute Sheridan was forced to make his first substitution. The injured Josef Yarney was replaced by Robbie Weir, who filled in at right back.


However, nearly half an hour in the home side managed to take the lead through Beesley. The former Spireite received a route one ball over the Chesterfield defence and lobbed the advancing Jalal to put his side into the lead.


A few minutes later Weir delivered a cross to the far post which found Mike Fondop, but he couldn’t get enough power on his header and Ryan Boot got down to save comfortably.


In the opening minutes of the second half Chesterfield had a big opportunity to level. Fondop found himself one on one with Boot, who’s outstretched leg kept out the forward’s strike.


Just after the hour mark the Spireites’ keeper produced a magnificent save to keep the deficit at just one. Jamey Osbourne let fly from outside the area, forcing Jalal to stop the strike from heading into the top left corner.


However, Beesley bagged his second less than ten minutes later when James Ball’s blocked effort fell to the unmarked striker who fired the ball into the far corner.


In the 79th minute things went from bad to worse for John Sheridan’s men as McCallum made it three when he headed in Tyrone Williams’ cross at the back post.


Chesterfield: Jalal, Yarney (Weir 8), Evans (C), Hollis, Sheridan, Buchanan (Denton 66), Weston, Mandeville, McKay (Rowley 65), Boden, Fondop.


Unused Substitutes: Wakefield, Smith


Attendance: 1,200

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