On Saturday 5th November I went to the B2Net Stadium to watch Chesterfield take on Yeovil Town.
Neither of these two sides had started the new season well, with both sitting in the relegation zones coming in to today’s game. The Spireites sat in 22nd place and had picked up just a single point from their last 7 games while today’s visitors Yeovil were at the bottom of the League 1 table. With the teams current positions this game was a real 6 pointer even this early on in the season.
Chesterfield’s team included 2 new loan signings who had joined during the week. Swedish goalkeeper Ole Soderberg joined from Newcastle United and Neal Trotman had joined as part of straight swap with Rochdale for Dean Holden. The line up today also included 2 ex-Glovers in Lee Johnson and Nathan Smith. Meanwhile, Yeovil’s team included former Premiership defender Darren Purse.
For the second consecutive home game Chesterfield got off to the perfect start and took the lead in just the 4th minute courtesy of Jordan Bowery. A good cross was headed towards goal by top scorer Leon Clarke and after a good save, Bowery slotted home the rebound to score only his second league goal and put the Spireites ahead.
Chesterfield dominated the play for the first half and could have scored 4 or 5 but they failed to put the game to bed and Yeovil hit back on the counter attack to level the scores. Edward Upson played a through ball that cut open the Spireites’ defence and Gavin Massey calmly put the ball past Ole Soderberg to make it 1-1.
The home side continued to dominate in the first half but couldn’t regain the lead and the sides went in level at the break.
Chesterfield did retake the lead early in the second half when Clarke played a ball through to Bowery who outpaced the defender and then lobbed the Yeovil goalkeeper to give the Spireites the lead and score his first ever football league brace.
Bowery nearly completed his hat trick quickly after when he took the ball around the ‘keeper but he failed to score from such a tight angle.
Yeovil began to push for an equaliser as the second half headed towards a conclusion, but the Glovers never looked too threatening and Chesterfield’s first home win in over a month looked on the cards.
However, with 14 minutes to go Yeovil did get another equaliser. A clever free kick was played down the wing and the ball was driven dangerously in to the box and it hit Mark Allott and flew in to his own net levelling the scores for a second time.
Both sides went looking for a winner and the last moments of the game were end to end, but neither side found it and I certainly feel that it was 2 points lost for Chesterfield after they dominated for the majority of the match.
Both Chesterfield and Yeovil remained in the same positions they had began the day in, and a point isn’t really enough for either side as they push to get out of the relegation zone.
After the game I had pictures with Chesterfield goalscorer Jordan Bowery, new signings Ole Soderberg and Neal Trotman and top scorer Leon Clarke. I also got pictures with Yeovil players Billy Gibson, Edward Upson, Max Ehmer, Paul Wotton, Kerrea Gilbert, Gavin Massey, Darren Purse, Kieran Agard, Bondz N’Gala, Alan O’Brien and Nathan Jones.
I will be back at the B2Net Stadium next week when Torquay United visit for the first round of the FA Cup, and then in 3 weeks time the Spireites face Sheffield United at home and I definitely won’t be missing that game!