Chesterfield 2-2 Aldershot Town – League 2

On Saturday 5th February 2011, I was back at the B2Net Stadium to watch top of the league Chesterfield take on Aldershot Town.
Before the match we chatted with Alan Wilkinson who is going to be featured on the local Late Kick Off programme at the forthcoming Morecambe match. He had been interviewed by the BBC that morning at his home.
Once we got inside the ground we spotted the match officials warming up. I was suprised to see Sian Massey who has been in the public spotlight since the recent comments made on Sky Television which saw both senior sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys depart their jobs. It was her first match back since the comments that gave her so much media coverage. The FA had withdrawn her from both the Crewe Alexandra v Bradford City match and the Corby Town game that she had been due to referee.
We were told she had been a last minute replacement for Mike Mullarkey who had been the World Cup Final Assistant Referee from last years Spain v Holland match.
The game started off lively on a very windy and wet afternoon and the Spireites took the lead after only 7 minutes after Dean Smalley managed to get in front of Aldershot’s Ben Herd to head home into the corner from close-range giving goalkeeper Jamie Young no chance.
Despite having the wind in their favour and pushing forward throughout the half it ended up 1-0 in favour of the Spireites at half time.
The wind and rain continued as the second half started and this time Aldershot would have had the wind in their favour. And on 62 minutes they equalised when Tim Sills struck a powerful volley to celebrate his first goal in his second spell for the club right in front of the 199 visiting fans.
Aldershot started to push forward  and on 80 minutes they were awarded a penalty. Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee dived to the right to save Alex Rodman’s spot kick only for it to bounce out to Tim Sills who chipped the ball over Lee to put the Shots in the lead much to the delight of the visiting supporters behind the goal.
Just like the previous match v Bradford City the Spireites found themselves 2-1 behind with only minutes left. However this time the equaliser cam,e on 86 minutes when Dean Smalley grabbed his second goal of the match.He took advantage of a slip by Herd on the left and chose his spot to place the ball into the far corner of the net. The home fans behind the goal almost raised the roof.
Another entertaining game at the B2Net ended 2-2.
After the match I met ex Spireite Wade Small who is currently Aldershot’s top goalscorer.Though he had only been on the bench today.
A car with blacked out windows from the FA pulled up at the end of the match to collect Sian Massey and the other officials to ensure she was protected from any press.
Aldershot Town are the latest opponents at the B2Net Stadium

'Big Al', who will appear on the BBC Show 'Late Kick Off' in a Come Dine With Me style show against a Lincoln and Rotherham fan

The Chesterfield players warm up

The officials...including the now famous Sian Massey

Sian Massey prepares for her first match back since the sexism scandal involving Richard Keys and Andy Gray

The Aldershot players warm up

The Cameramen

The Kop is packed with Spireites

The Aldershot faithful

Javan Vidal, the new loan signing from Manchester City

Sian Massey

Sian Massey at the B2Net Stadium

Wade Small

The FA car that collected Sian Massey after the game.

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