On Saturday 10th April I went to watch Chesterfield face Dagenham and Redbridge at Saltergate.
With just 6 games left this season it was another very important game for both sides as the race for play off places hot up. Chesterfield had lost their previous game away at Barnet 3-1 but beat league leaders Rochdale in their last home game. Chesterfield star Jack Lester played in todays game for the first time since January while Barry Conlon, who scored both goals against Rochdale, was dropped to the bench.
Chesterfield started well creating chances and having the better of the early stages. However it was Dagenham who got the first goal on the 25th minute when the referee gave an extremely soft penalty against Mark Allott for a push on Daggers player Nurse. Danny Green sent the keeper the wrong way to give Dagenham the lead.
Just a few minutes into the second half, Dagenham won a free kick. Danny Green, who scored the first goal, stepped up and blasted in a wonderful goal from around 30 yards out.
As the 70 minute mark appoached it wasn’t looking good for Chesterfield at 2-0 down. Then, out of nowhere, Ishmel Demontagnac fired the ball past a crowd of players and into the back of the net to give the Spireites some hope.
The fans were really getting behind the home side now, hoping to salvage atleast a point from the game. They got what they wanted when Mark Allott was brought down in the box on the 89th minute. It was a needless penalty to give away by the Dagenham defender as Allott was running away from goal when he lunged in.
Barry Conlon stepped up and fired the ball home to level the game. It looked like they might not be done yet as Chesterfield pushed everyone forward trying for a winner, but it didnt come and the game ended 2-2.
After the game I got photographs with Daggers manager John Still, players Darren Currie, Danny Green, Abu Agogo and Phil Walsh. I also got a picture with man of the match and scorer of Chesterfield’s first goal Ismel Demontagnac.