CHESTERFIELD fans were celebrating at Wembley today after the Spireites beat Swindon 2-0 to lift the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, writes Graham Walker.
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It looked like a deflected own goal would have done it in the first minute of the second half.
But three minutes into injury time Craig Westcarr sealed the victory when he went one-on-one with the keeper and found the back of the net.
It made up for an identical opportunity which he missed minutes earlier in the same half.
Chesteterfield always looked to have the edge, even if the opposition appeared dangerous on the break.
The first huge roar from the fans came when fireworks burst into the sky to welcome Chesterfield and Swindon players as they walked out onto the pitch.
There was little else to shout about in the goalless first half, especial for Spireites fans when taslisman Jack Lester’s game was over with a groin injury, which saw him substituted.
He threw the armband to Mark Allott and hobbled off as Westcarr replaced him.
Chesterfield fans, who made the long trip in their thousands, finally had something to sing sabout almost as soon as the second half got underway,
Alex Mendy seized possession in the box but he was pushed wide before driving a low ball in from the byline.
It left Swindon defender Oliver Risser with no choice but to stick out a boot - and that diverted it into his own net.
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Midway through the second half Swindon stepped up the pressure as they chased an equaliser
Westcarr missed a great chance to double the score with just the Swindon keeper to beat after a defender slipped, but he shot wide.
Spireites keeper Tommy Lee then tipped the ball over the net with just two minutes of full time to play.
But it wasn’t over yet.
Westcarr got his chance to make amends on the earlier miss and he smashed the ball into thje back of the net - sending fans wild.
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