Spireites come from behind to win

Spireites come from behind to win

After going behind twice, the Spireites produced a comeback in the last ten minutes to claim a 3-2 win over Dover Athletic at the Technique Stadium.

The away side took the lead twice but two late Chesterfield goals secured a first win in three games.

Chesterfield started brightly and looked threatening every time they forayed forward; Liam Mandeville sliced a couple of efforts wide of the mark.

Despite that, Dover took a shock lead after 15 minutes. Manny Oyeleke was dispossessed by Michael Gyasi, and he danced past two players before seeing his deflected effort trickle into the back of the net.

The Chesterfield fans grew frustrated, but the score was soon level. Oyeleke’s strong run allowed him to thread the ball through to Saidou Khan who brilliantly curled his shot past Alexis Andre.

The game failed to follow any sort of rhythm with stoppages a plenty. Tyrone Williams’ half-volley was well saved by Andre.

Jeff King’s late corner caused problems as Jamie Grimes had time to turn his man in the area – however, his effort cleared the crossbar.

Paul Cook felt a change needed to be made at the break as Tom Denton replaced fellow striker Akwasi Asante.

The second half brought a barrage of Chesterfield attacks as they looked to take the lead; Grimes headed over from King’s cross and Khan’s long-range effort was collected by Andre.

King seemed to be involved in everything in the second period as he tried his luck but was denied when his ferociously struck free-kick was parried away by Andre.

The Dover shot stopper was performing heroics to keep the scoreline level. He flew across his goal and produced a strong hand to deny headers by Denton and King.

With just under ten minutes to go, Dover produced a goal out of nothing. A free-kick wasn’t cleared, and a miss-hit effort fell for Jake Goodman and the Dover skipper slammed home from close-range.

Almost immediately, the Spireites were back on level terms. Khan made his way to the by-line and flashed a cross that somehow found the back of the net.

As soon as the equaliser went in, Chesterfield finally found a goal to put them in front. King settled himself in the penalty area and curled in a left-footed shot past Andre.