Spireites Match Report: York City 2 Chesterfield 2

Sam Hird celebrates his goal
Sam Hird celebrates his goal
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CHESTERFIELD looked set for their first league win of the season until a York equaliser five minutes into added time, even though only four had been indicated..

Jacob Hazel and Richard O’Donnell were making their first starts and 18-year-old first year pro Jonathan Wafula was on the bench for the first time.

Talbot was booked just 30 seconds in for a pull on Taylor, Chambers’ free-kick eluded all. Moments after, the cautioned player delivered a cross that bounced on the top of the bar.

Togwell’s throw teased out the first corner but York defended it well though Hazel got in a looping header on target, it was no problem for Ingham.

Spireites nicked the lead on 36. Westcarr’s left-wing free-kick was picked up by Richards, his close range effort was blocked but fell kindly for HIRD to tap in his first goal since scoring for Doncaster against Blackpool in February 2009.

Two back to back dangerous free-kicks for York saw O’Donnell make a fine diving save to keep out Walker but soon after he was beaten as a partially cleared ball fell via Walker for COULSON, a few yards out on the right, and he lifted the ball over keeper and the last defender to mean Spireites’ lead lasted just four minutes.

Parity lasted even less time. Talbot played a low ball through and City’s Chris Smith misjudged the block allowing WESTCARR to gather and run through to beat Ingham in a one-on-one with 41 minutes played.

Walker was booked for a foul on Talbot. Hazel sent an angled 20 yarder just wide.

HALF-TIME

York.........................1

Chesterfield............2

Westcarr and Talbot just failed to deliver the right crosses, as did Ridehalgh as Chesterfield began to turn up the gas a little, much to the delight of the 1,444 travelling fans. Forbes conceded a corner, Richards cleared Chambers’ shocking delivery, Forbes was booked for a crude challenge on Coulson as City, urged on by their supporters, looked to get back into the game and the fouling player had to block a flick-on to prevent the free-kick becoming dangerous.

Boden replaced first time starter Hazel, Westcarr moved left with the sub playing as a striker.

A misplaced Talbot header let to a breakaway raid by York, who won a corner but Walker fired weak and high. Challinor came on for Jonathan Smith as Gary Mills reshuffled his pack.

Yet another City corner came as Hird was unable to keep the ball in, Carlisle’s header at the far post flew wide.

Richards’ header from a Westcarr free-kick was blocked for a corner and Trotman rose high to head, Ingham saved well, but the ref blew for an infringement.

As full-time approached, City’s play was becoming ever more desperate and more openings were there to be exploited by the visitors, who had worked incredibly hard from the very first whistle as they sought their first league win of the season and first away win since beating Hartlepool back in April.

WALKER looped in the equaliser five minutes into stoppage time despite only four being signalled.