Chesterfield 4-1 Carlisle United – League 1

On Saturday 17th September I was back at the B2Net to watch Chesterfield face Carlisle United in NPower League 1.

The Spireites had hit a good run of form coming into this game having won their last 2 games and being unbeaten in 3. Meanwhile, Carlisle had not lost away this season with 3 wins and a draw so it was sure to be an exciting game.

Chesterfield’s first choice goalkeeper Tommy Lee missed his first ever League game at the B2Net Stadium due to injury and so reserve keeper Greg Fleming made his full debut for the club.

The Spireites got off to the best possible start when Leon Clarke scored inside 3 minutes to make it 1-0. Carlisle went on the attack after falling behind and levelled the score through Miller on the 20th minute, though it is debatable whether the goal should have stood due to a shove on Chesterfield keeper Greg Fleming.

It took just 6 minutes for Leon Clarke to regain the lead for Chesterfield with a quality glancing header that beat the Cumbrians keeper. It was an exciting half which Chesterfield deservedly ended ahead.

On the 51st minute Leon Clarke completed the first hat trick of his career to put the Spireites 3-1 ahead. Clarke has now scored 5 goals in 3 appearances for the Spireites and he looks like an excellent addition to the side.

By now Chesterfield were rampant and it was 4-1 on the 65th minute. Craig Westcarr got his head on Nathan Smith’s cross and the ball flew into the back of the net to guarantee Chesterfield would take all 3 points.

The game ended 4-1 and it had been by far Chesterfield’s best home performance of the season with a comfortable win in a game that I thought would be a challenge for the Spireites.

After the game I got pictures with winger Alex Mendy, Danny Whitaker, Greg Fleming, new reserve keeper Adam Smith and hat trick hero Leon Clarke. I also got pictures with Carlisle players Stephen O’Halloran, Rory Loy, Matthew Robson, Francois Zoko and the Cumbrians manager Greg Abbott.

Me, Jeff, Andy and Michael hold up a 'Sheffield Spireites' sign

The Carlisle players coach arrives at the B2Net Stadium

Carlisle make their first visit to the B2Net Stadium

The statue Spire

Inside the B2Net Stadium

Thumbs up from Chester

The travelling Carlisle supporters

Flags on the away stand

The players and officials shake hands

Greg Fleming making his full debut for Chesterfield

Kick off

Its 1-0 in under 3 minutes

Goalscorer is number 31 Leon Clarke


Alex Mendy on the wing

Leon Clarke

A faithful Spireite watches the game

The sun shines over the stadium

The players celebrate Clarke's hat trick

Westcarr makes it 4-1

John Sheridan, Mark Crossley and Tommy Wright watch the game

Hat trick hero Clarke is replaced by Jordan Bowery late on

Final Score 4-1

Leon Clarke applauds the fans

Clarke takes home the match ball

4-1 to the Spireites

Ashley Billyeald joins me for a picture with Greg Fleming

on-loan reserve keeper Adam Smith

Alex Mendy

Danny Whitaker

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott

Stephen O'Halloran

Rory Loy

Matthew Robson

Francois Zoko


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