Chesterfield 2-1 Southend United – League 2

On Saturday 9th October we went to the B2Net Stadium to watch Chesterfield face Southend United, hoping that the Spireites could continue their unbeaten run at home.

We arrived early as usual and my Dad got chatting to 74-year old man called Joe Quest who had claims to have visited over 800 different football grounds since 1999.

To pass a bit more time we went in the huge Tesco which is next to the stadium, before heading through the turnstiles.

It looked like another great turnout by the Chesterfield supporters, with all 3 stands looking pretty much full. The attendance of 6,557 set a new Football League record at the B2Net Stadium.

Another first was Chesterfield kicking towards the Kop in the first half, but Southend must have won the toss and tried to use it to their advantage.

Chesterfield started brightly in the first half hour. On the 27th minute Jack Lester got the ball in the box, turned and was brought down by two defenders. The referee immediately pointed to the spot and it was down to Danny Whitaker. He had missed in the shoot out against Wednesday in mid-week but there was no mistake this time as he put the ball in the net to give the home side the lead.

After falling behind, Southend started playing much better and caused Chesterfield plenty of problems. Just 9 minutes after going 1-0 down, the game was level when the ball fell to Anthony Grant, who fired the ball home from the edge of the box, right in front of the 518 travelling Shrimpers fans.

The second half was quite poor and scrappy with neither side really gaining control. Southend had probably the best chance when their first shot smacked the post, Soares looked set to score but Lee managed to get back in position and make a wonderful save to keep the game level.

The comedy moment of the half came on around 75 minutes when Craig Davies saw his number go up, walked towards the touchline clapping, before realising it was a Southend substitution! However he was off a few minutes later when Jordan Bowery and Scott Boden were brought on for Lester and Davies.

With the full 90 minutes up, the game looked destined for a draw. In the final minute of stoppage time, Jack Hunt won a corner and after a bit of a scramble, the ball fell to Scott Boden, who chested it down and fired home from close range to steal the victory.

It was a great feeling to steal the victory like that, and with Port Vale drawing at Hereford we are now one point off top spot.

After the match I met Southend manager Paul Sturrock who was clearly very disappointed to lose the game in that fashion. I also met Anthony Grant, Craig Easton, Nathaniel Jarvis, Matthew Paterson and Graham Coughlan from Southend. Tommy Lee and late hero Scott Boden were the Chesterfield players I had pictures with this week.

Joe Quest at the B2Net

Chesterfield v Southend - 9 Oct 2010

B2Net Stadium before today's game

Tesco and the B2Net Stadium

The Shrimpers Coach

The Chesterfield players warm up

The Southend players warm up

The teams line up

The official match photograph is taken

Sky Sports News' Johnny Phillips reports on the game for Soccer Saturday

Tommy Lee takes a goalkick

Whitaker scores from the spot

Grant equalises for Southend

The 518 Southend fans celebrate

The Kop celebrate as Scott Boden scores a late winner

The players congratulate each other after the final whistle is blown

Jack Lester chats to Zoe and her parents

Southend manager Paul Sturrock

Craig Easton

Matthew Paterson

Graham Coughlan

Nathaniel Jarvis

Southend's goalscorer Anthony Grant

Spireites goalkeeper Tommy Lee

Scott Boden, scorer of the 93rd minute winner

The Southend team coach heads home


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