Spireites FT: Chesterfield 2 Bradford 2

Drew Talbot in a heading duel
Drew Talbot in a heading duel

CHESTERFIELD kept their season alive, just, with a late equaliser from Sam Togwell against Bradford City.

On the 16th anniversary of Chesterfield’s trip to Old Trafford in the FA Cup semi-final, Spireites went into another huge game against in-form Capital One Cup finalists Bradford City.

Indeed Chesterfield and the Bantams are the top two teams in the League Two six-match form report, both sides having won four and drawn one with just one defeat.

The visitors took a lead in the 36th minute. Meredith’s throw was flicked on by Hanson and WELLS reacted quickest to convert in style from just inside the box.

City took some initiative from the goal, winning back- to-back corners and then Hanson glanced a header wide from a left sided cross.

Only once this season have Spireites turned a deficit into three points, but that was their only task as the game restarted.

It just wasn’t falling for Chesterfield whose passing was loose and ball control less than perfect.With the season on the verge of petering out, something special was needed from the home side, but there was precious little evidence that it was just around the corner.Trotman was booked for a foul as the Bantams ruled the roost. O’Shea shot high in a rare Spireites raid. Togwell’s run through set up a period of pressure that ended with a 70th minute leveller. Richards, on the right, received from Randall and crossed low for DARIKWA to score from close range.McLoughlin got to the ball just ahead of Trotman from Randall’s free-kick as Spireites had the sniff of success.

Lee punched clear from a corner but RAVENHILL blasted it back from 20 yards to regain the lead for City on 78. Several visiting fans invaded the pitch as a result.

Once again, the season looked like collapsing. Then TOGWELL kept the season alive, albeit by a thread, stroking home from a corner in the third minute of stoppage time.