Chesterfield 1-1 Stevenage – League 1

On Saturday 13th August 2011, I was finally back at the B2Net Stadium to watch the Spireites face Stevenage in the first home game of the new season.

98 days after beating Gillingham to win the League 2 title, the first home game of the 2011/12 season had finally arrived.

We got to the ground in plenty of time and I immediately got a photo with new signing Nathan Smith, a defender who has joined the club from Yeovil Town during the summer.

I then went into the club shop to buy the new home kit for the new season. Despite not being hugely different, I do like the new kit slightly more than last seasons.

After our usual walk around we entered the stadium and took our seats ready to watch Chesterfield take on Stevenage, a side who got promoted with the Spireites last season despite finishing 17 points behind them.

Chesterfield hadn’t had the ideal start to the season losing 1-0 away at Tranmere last week and then losing 3-2 at Rochdale in the League Cup, so they were looking to earn an important 3 points today.

The game had a slow start, with neither side particularly taking control of the game. Stevenage broke the deadlock on the 40th minute when Darius Charles headed home right in front of the 203 travelling supporters.

The Spireites had the majority of the chances in the second half but just didn’t seem capable of finding the net. The job was made a little easier when Stevenage’s Michael Bostwick was sent off for a second yellow card after a foul on Mark Allott. However, even with this advantage, as the 6 minutes of stoppage time was announced there seemed to be no way through for the home side.

Then, in the 6th minute of stoppage time Dean Morgan’s cross met the head of Jack Lester and he headed the ball home in a dramatic finish, much to the elation and relief of the home supporters.

After the game I met Stevenage manager Graham Westley and Michael Bostwick who was sent off. I also got pictures with Mark Randall, who joined the Spireites from Arsenal, and Scott Boden.

New Season, New Kit

Items on sale in the club shop

Champions Cap

new signing Nathan Smith

The Stevenage players warm up

The Chesterfield players warm up

Dean Morgan

Dwayne Mattis and Drew Talbot

The Champions Flag is awarded to the club

The Kop Flag

The Stevenage Mascot

203 away fans

The teams walk onto the pitch

The teams line up

The Chesterfield plays pose with the Champions Flag

The match kicks off

Jack Lester

Nathan Smith

Jack Lester is man marked

Boro players celebrate taking a 1-0 lead

Bostwick is shown a red card

The 90 minutes are up and its 1-0 to the visitors

but Jack Lester scores a dramatic late equaliser!

Graham Westley isn't happy

At pitchside

The Stevenage players coach

Stevenage Graham Westley

Michael Bostwick, who got sent off for Stevenage

New signing Mark Randall

Scott Boden


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