THE Spireites put a youthful side in to action at Causeway Lane for the club’s first Derbyshire FA Senior Cup semi-final since the 1930’s, but they were unable to hold on to an early lead and bowed out.
Spireites put a youthful side in to action at Causeway Lane for the club’s first Derbyshire FA Senior Cup semi-final since the 1930’s, but they were unable to hold on to an early lead and bowed out.
Since the club re-entered the competition two seasons ago, they’d been eliminated at the quarter-final stage by Derby and Mickleover and this time they went one round further before losing out to a Massiah McDonald double.
There was plenty of decent football played in the first half but gilt edged chances were few and far between.
Chesterfield took the lead after ten minutes when Jacob Hazel, who had an unsuccessful loan spell with Matlock earlier this season, was untidily upended by Martin Foster and the striker got up to convert from the penalty spot.
The Gladiators levelled nine minutes before the break when McDonald held off his marker to stroke the ball home.
Moments later Hazel received from Josh Scully only for home veteran James Lukic to make a goal saving tackle on the edge of the six, the best piece of defending of the night.
James Ashmore forced a decent save from Josh Barrington straight after the restart as Matlock enjoyed the better of the play without ever dominating. They deserved their lead, earned on 67, when McDonald headed his second of the night from close range after Anthony Griffiths-Junior’s teasing cross.
Lukic hacked a Hazel shot off the line with Spireites closest call to an equaliser.
Chesterfield: Barrington, Slack (McNicholas 89), Broadhead, Whittaker, Clarke, Wafula, Scully, Hewitt, Fereday, Hazel, Bowland (Noel 69). Subs (not used): Mason, Mathers, Brock.
The Football League has confirmed that Sam Hird will miss two games after picking up his 10th booking of the season at Rotherham. He’ll be forced to sit out the home games against Gillingham and Aldershot.