REPORT: Spireites thrash Basford in FA Trophy clash

Chesterfield's first ever game in the Buildbase FA Trophy saw them cruise into the second round.

The Spireites thrashed Basford United 5-1, with new loan signing Alfie Beestin making his debut for the Blues.

The first chance came in the early stages of the game when Alex Kiwomya's shot was spilled by United 'keeper Kieran Preston. Consequently, the winger soon found the back of the net on 12 minutes, with his third goal in two games, putting the hosts 1-0 up.

The Nottinghamshire side soon responded when Jack Thomas put in a low cross, but it was swiftly cleared by Will Evans.

The Spireites doubled their lead in the 34th minute through Tom Denton, who headed the ball into the net after it ricocheted off the post.

The rest of the half was dominated by the home side, who nearly had three when Haydn Hollis’ header hit the post just before the break.

Chesterfield started the second half strongly, with Smith slotting away his effort in the bottom right corner, increasing Chesterfield's lead to three goals.

Five minutes later, Lee Shaw won possession in the middle of the field, beat the Basford defence before striking the ball into the top right corner, bagging his first goal for the Spireites.

With half an hour to go, substitute Ify Ofoegbu's cross from the right met Denton who was there to slot it calmly into the net, with his second of the afternoon. 5-0 Chesterfield.

However, United earned a small consolation prize in the 73rd minute when substitute Zac Goodson put the ball past Callum Burton to get one back for Basford.


Post-Match Verdict: Spireites showed the difference in quality

A solid performance for Chesterfield who out-classed Northern Premier League side Basford. A real difference in quality. A great confidence booster for the team, and also for Lee Shaw who scored his first goal for Chesterfield.

This result will hopefully enable the team to string some results together in the league to drag them away from the drop zone.

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