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REPORT: Spireites fall victims to the Shaymen

The Spireites ended the decade with a loss after a Jack Redshaw penalty gave Halifax Town a 1-0 at the Shay.

John Sheridan made one change to the side that faced Solihull on Boxing Day. Scott Boden came in to replace injured Laurence Maguire.

They Shaymen could have gone ahead in the 4th minute when Cameron King forced a low stop from Shwan Jalal in the Chesterfield goal.

However, the Spireites came close when Jay Sheridan’s perfect ball from the left found the head of Mike Fondop who couldn’t find the target.

Shortly before the interval Redshaw tried his luck from range; the effort flying just above the crossbar.

The home side continued to dominate in the second half but only had a couple of chances to take the lead.

First, Josh Staunton saw his header loop over, then Redshaw’s strike deflected off Will Evans for a corner.

But the Spireites had a chance of their own when Gevaro delivered a low cross into the box for Boden, but the striker’s effort flew wide.

In the 65th minute a penalty was awarded to the home side due to Jonathan Smith’s foul on Redshaw. The striker stepped up to the stop himself, sending Jalal the wrong way and blasting the ball into the back of the net.

Ten minutes later Sheridan whipped the ball into Denton, but his header didn’t trouble Johnson and the Spireites fell to a defeat.

Chesterfield: Jalal, Yarney (Smith 60), Evans (C), Hollis, Sheridan, Weston, Buchanan, McKay, Gevaro (Mandeville 68), Fondop (Denton 69), Boden.

Unused Substitutes: Rowley, Wakefield.

Attendance: 2,420 (364 away)

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