Chesterfield 2-2 Yeovil Town – League 1

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!

Yeovil make their first visit to the B2Net Stadium today

The Yeovil players coach

My Dad Mark, me and my Dad's Cousin Marcus

Greg Fleming and new goalkeeper Ole Soderberg

Ole Soderberg warms up

Thumbs up from Chester!

The flag on the Kop

Another flag at the back of the Kop

The travelling Yeovil supporters

The teams line up

Ole Soderberg before kick off

The players prepare for kick off

The match photographs are taken

The Yeovil players huddle

Craig Westcarr and Mark Allott get the game underway

Spot the spelling error on the scoreboard!

The Yeovil bench

The Chesterfield bench

An early attack from Yeovil

Jordan Bowery looks to attack

Leon Clarke and Darren Purse

Former Yeovil player Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith looks to stop Yeovil attacking

Match action

The Chesterfield players celebrate Bowery's early goal

1-0 to Chesterfield

The Yeovil player celebrate Massey's equalising goal

The Yeovil supporters celebrate their sides first goal

Darren Purse goes down injured

Purse gets back up after receiving treatment

The game is level at the end of the first half

New signing Neal Trotman

The Chesterfield players celebrate regaining the lead

2-1 to the Spirites

The Yeovil players celebrate another equaliser

The game is level again at 2-2

The Chesterfield players applaud the supporters

Fans make their way home

Yeovil players applaud their travelling fans

The Yeovil supporters applaud back

New goalkeeper Ole Soderberg

new signing Neal Trotman

Leon Clarke

Goalscorer Jordan Bowery

Billy Gibson

Edward Upson

Max Ehmer

Paul Wotton

Kerrea Gilbert

Goalscorer Gavin Massey

Darren Purse

Kieran Agard

Alan O'Brien

with Nathan Jones and Nathan Smith of Yeovil and Chesterfield


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