Chesterfield 5-2 Accrington Stanley – League 2

On Tuesday 2nd November I went to the B2Net Stadium to watch league-leaders Chesterfield continue their amazing run against Accrington Stanley.

Chesterfield came in to this match one point clear at the top of League 2, knowing that another win tonight would keep them top of the league. The club were also unbeaten at home having had some incredible results, including 5-5, 4-3, 4-0 and 3-0 and we were hoping for more goals tonight.

This match also made history as the first ever league night match at the B2Net Stadium, and Accrington Stanley were the first ever night time opponents.

Sadly the rain was pouring down when we arrived at the ground, so we went straight through the turnstiles and took our seats in the East Stand. The ground was filled nicely ,considering it was a rainy tuesday night match, and an attendance of 6,034 was lots more than we ever got for evening games at Saltergate.

Chesterfield nearly took the lead in the first minute when Stanley goalkeeper Alex Cisak attempted to clear the ball but instead it hit Jack Lester and it looked to be going in but the ball bounced just past the post.

The home side did take the lead on the 8th minute when Craig Davies broke through and put the ball in the net right in front of the Kop.

On the 17th minute the scores were back level, when Stanley won a penalty and Phil Edwards scored from 12 yards in front of 123 travelling Stanley fans, who were in fine voice despite there being so few of them. In fact they had song of the season so far for me with “We’ve come in a taxi and were louder than you!”.

After this goal Stanley started to play some better football, and even began to take control of the game. However, a quick two minute burst from Chesterfield, with a penalty scored by Danny Whitaker and a quality goal from Jack Lester, sent the Spireites 3-1 ahead at the break.

Chesterfield played much better at the start of the second half, and on 56 minutes it was 4-1. Craig Davies broke on the edge of the box, crossed it in and Danny Whitaker put the ball in the net from close range to almost certainly wrap up the points for the Spireites.

Stanley’s Terry Gornell pulled on back for Accrington on the hour mark with a good finish from a cross in to the box. Despite leading 4-2 this seemed to silence the home fans a little and Stanley began to look dangerous once again, though they never really threatened to score.

With 15 minutes to go, John Sheridan brought on two new loan signings, Kelvin Lomax and Dean Smalley, as well as Scott Boden, who scored the winner against Southend a few weeks back. It was Boden’s wonderful through ball that set up the 5th Chesterfield goal, leaving Davies with the simple task of putting the ball in the net. This goal was the 40th goal already at the B2Net Stadium in 8 games, an average of 5 goals a game!

Scott Griffiths was making his last appearence for the Spireites today, with his loan spell coming to an end, so he ran around the pitch clapping to the fans while the fans sang songs and applauded him. He did a good job for us this season, and it is a shame he is going back, though there are rumours that he may be back in January so who knows!

After the match I met the two new loan signings from Oldham, Kelvin Lomax and Dean Smalley, though I did miss Stanley manager John Coleman so he is the only manager so far that I haven’t met at the B2Net stadium.

Another great win and a 7 goal festival for the Spireites, and we are still top of the league!

Accrington are the first ever night time league opponents

Sky Sports vans outside the ground

I read the programme prior to the match

The players shake hands before kick off

The Kop is full once again

The 123 Stanley fans

The captains and officials smile for the camera

Chesterfield kick off, shooting towards the Kop

The floodlights shine down on to the pitch


Scott Griffiths, who was playing his last match at the B2Net stadium, takes a throwing

The Chesterfield players celebrate after Davies gives them a 1-0 lead

Stanley push for an equaliser

The Accrington players celebrate their equaliser

Danny Whitaker makes it 2-1 from the spot

Sky Sports News' Johnny Phillips reports

The players celebrate as Davies makes it 5-2

The fans check out the results on the Plasma TV's - you didn't get these at Saltergate!

The 'Saltergate Sunset' books in the club shop - including many of my Dad's photographs

The Accrington Stanley team coach

with new loanee Kelvin Lomax

Deane Smalley


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