REPORT: Weston goal sees off Braintree

Updated: Aug 12, 2018

After a frustrating first half, Chesterfield rallied in the second half to keep their 100 per cent record in the National League this season.

Braintree started brightly and had the first chance of the game when Christie Pattison’s long range shot was easily saved by Shwan Jalal.

The Spireites struggled to create any golden chances with Gozie Ugwu failing to get a shot away as the ball was collected by Ben Killip, before the striker connected to a Zavon Hines cross but the ball couldn’t be redirected towards the goal.

The best chance of the half went to the visitors when Daniel Rowe was allowed through on goal after Drew Talbot’s mistake, but Jalal pulled off a brilliant save to keep the scores level.

Chances started to flow and Michael Nelson almost grabbed his first Chesterfield goal but his header went just past the post.

The Irons reminded everyone that there were two sides involved in the game and in the 29th minute, Josh Hill headed wide of the goal from a Lyle Della-Verde free-kick.

Hines was trying his best to help Martin Allen's men find that opening goal and his cross found the head of Ugwu, but the striker's header wasn't on target.

Tuesday's hero, Charlie Carter, also tried his luck in added time when his free kick was saved

by Killip.

The Blues finally started to dictate the pace of the game in the second half and Hines saw his free-kick go just over the Braintree goal.

Once again, Hines was involved with another chance for the Spireites; in the 57th minute, his flick fell into the path of Marc-Antoine Fortune but his low shot was well saved by Killip.

There was nothing the Irons keeper could do just a minute later when a similar move saw Fortune set-up Curtis Weston, who cleverly dinked the ball into the back of the net for his first Chesterfield goal.

After the goal, the home side continued to dominate possession and create chances.

Drew Talbot tried his luck from long range but his shot cleared the crossbar.

Braintree almost found an equaliser in the most bizarre way with ten minutes to go.

Will Evans saw his sliced clearance go towards his own goal; luckily for the defender, Jalal punched the ball away.

The hosts confidently saw the game out to claim the three points and record three consecutive wins for the first since 2015.


Post-match verdict: Not the best performance, but a job done

Whilst the performance wasn't as good as the one against Aldershot, this Chesterfield side has yet again secured a result against a side that did cause problems.

Defensively, the Spireites were well organised and provided yet another clean sheet. It sees the Blues gain their third consecutive clean sheet which is always a positive.

Martin Allen praised his side after a tough week. He was pleased with how the squad carried themselves especially with the news of Adrian Whitbread being taken ill on Tuesday afternoon.

Allen also gave a positive about the assistant manager and says that he is resting well at 'Mad Dog's Mansion'.

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