Chesterfield 1-3 Notts County – League 1


On Saturday 15th October I went to the B2Net Stadium to watch Chesterfield play Notts County in League 1.

Chesterfield came in to today’s game sitting just above the relegation zone on the back of a poor run of form while opponents Notts County were sat just inside the play off spots after a convincing 3-0 victory over Hartlepool United last week meaning this was certain to be a tough match for the Spireites. The two sides had met just a eleven days earlier in the Johnstones Paint Trophy in a game that the Spireites had won 3-1 at Meadow Lane. However, both sides had fielded weakened teams in the JPT and today’s League 1 match was a different matter altogether.

We arrived to the ground just as the Notts County players coach arrived and I had pictures with manager Martin Allen, Neal Bishop, Sam Sodje, Jude Stirling, Lee Hughes, Karl Hawley and ex-Spireite Ishmel Demontagnac.

After a short time we decided to head through the turnstiles and take our seats for the 30th league game at the B2Net Stadium. The travelling County supporters had sold out the away end and there was a brilliant atmosphere inside the ground on another lovely sunny October day.

The match kicked off in front of a bumper crowd of 8,342, the B2Net Stadium’s biggest crowd so far this season, and the visitors started well forcing Greg Fleming to make two good saves inside the first couple of minutes. Dean Morgan then had a good chance to put the Spireites ahead, but his shot from just yards out flew over the crossbar.

The Magpies played much better than Chesterfield in the first half, and they deservedly took the lead on the 21st minute courtesy of Ben Burgess’ glancing header.

Alexandre Mendy had an excellent opportunity to level the scores not long after the deadlock had been broken, but his shot from the edge of the area was way off the target. County’s dominance of the first half paid off when Alan Judge doubled the away side’s lead on the 38th minute and Karl Hawley had a golden opportunity to make it 3-0 just before the break, but his attempt to lob the keeper just missed the target.

It was a disastrous first half for Chesterfield who were being totally outplayed by County and the Spireites looked on course for a 4th consecutive league defeat.

Chesterfield came out in the second half playing some much better football and looking like they could get back in to the game. That is exactly what happened on the 52nd when Craig Westcarr scored against his former club to make the score 1-2.

The Spireites went looking for an equaliser and put pressure on the County defence in an attempt the level the scores. The attacks died down after 3 substitutions which, in my opinion, weakened the side as Dean Morgan, Craig Westcarr and Mark Randall were replaced by Danny Whitaker, Jordan Bowery and Craig Clay.

Notts County put the game beyond doubt with a goal on the 88th minute to make the score 3-1. Sam Sodje’s shot was saved by Fleming but the ball rebounded back in to th net to make it 3-1. The win put Notts County up to 3rd in the league table while Chesterfield fell back in to the relegation zone in 22nd place. The Spireites have now lost their last 4 league games against Charlton, Colchester, Sheffield Wednesday and now the Magpies.

After the game I got my picture with County’s first goalscorer Ben Burgess and coach Carl Muggleton, who had 3 spells with Chesterfield during his playing days.

I enjoyed today because of a wonderful atmosphere inside the ground and the lovely weather, though it would have been nice to have got the right result too!

Not long until my next match though as I am at Sheffield United vs. Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow!

Notts County make their first ever visit to the B2Net Stadium

Its a sell out

Neal Bishop

Sam Sodje

Jude Stirling

Lee Hughes

Karl Hawley

Ishmel Demontagnac

Programmes!

The County players warm up

Sam Sodje and Ishmel warming up

Pre match huddle

Over 2,000 away supporters

County fans at the back of the away end

The Notts County players and fans

Chester shows off Chesterfield's away shirt

Dan Westwell gives us the thumbs up. A nice guy, though sadly he is a Mansfield Town supporter!

The away supporters

Home fans in the East Stand

The teams come out on to the pitch

The players and officials shake hands

The pre-match photographs are taken

Andy prepares to film the match

Notts County get the game underway

Notts County go on the attack straight away

Randall prepares to take an early free kick for Chesterfield

Drew Talbot and Mark Randall

Leon Clarke

Mike Edwards

The Magpies' fans celebrate taking a first half lead

Ex County player Craig Westcarr receives treatment in front of his former clubs fans

The County players celebrate doubling the lead

The away fans celebrate Judge's goal which puts County 2-0 up

Chesterfield begin the second half

Westcarr pulls one back and its 1-2

Lee Hughes is brought on as a substitute

Lee Hughes on the pitch

3-1 and it's all over...

The fans celebrate their third goal of the game

The Notts County players applaud their travelling supporters after a 3-1 victory

Disappointed after another defeat for the Spireites!

County's players coach

Former Chesterfield goalkeeper Carl Muggleton

Ben Burgess

7 comments

  1. This is an excellent match report. The photos, all labelled correctly, are a very nice touch. I really like the overall neutrality of your tone, although you acceptably inject a wee bit of your team allegiance into the report as well. On the other hand, the photos suggest that you might even be a Notts County fan!

    I’m a Notts fan and a university prof, and at 15 you write much better than half of my students. This is excellent practice for career in writing – sports journalism perhaps?

    Best of luck to you for life, and to your team for the rest of the season!

  2. Hello Ryan,
    Just a quick hello and a note from me to say well done for a fabulous match summary and the photos – you’ve put a lot of effort into this and I think your writing is excellent. I reckon you’d make a very good sports reporter. Good too that your report is as it was – unbiased.
    Have a good day at the Sheffield derby.
    Best Regards,
    Nick – from Beeston near Notingham.

  3. excellent blog Ryan. Well done. A future journo in the making.
    I was wondering if you could help me out. I help run my our own website http://www.apieandpint.co.uk
    I send a weekly blog to our partner club Juventus in Italy. I would like to include your blog with a few extras from myself and a few of your great pics as well. If you’re interested then sign up at our site or drop me a mail at
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    Cheers
    C Murphy

  4. I enjoyed reading your match report Ryan, really good pictures too – I like the fact you’ve got different photos in there too other than just the standard ‘action photos’!

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