Pre-season friendly: Alfreton Town 1 Chesterfield FC 5

Pre Season - Chesterfield vs Shrewsbury - Luke Williams - Photo by James Wiliamson
Pre Season - Chesterfield vs Shrewsbury - Luke Williams - Photo by James Wiliamson

An Armand Gnanduillet inspired first half set Chesterfield up for a comfortable 5-1 pre-season win at near neighbours Alfreton Town.

Gnanduillet scored a first half hat-trick against the Conference Premier opposition at the Impact Arena on Tuesday night.

Alfreton pulled a goal back through one of their trialists before Lathaniel Rowe-Turner scored an own goal and Charlie Raglan got number five for the visitors.

In a half which belonged to Gnanduillet, Alfreton looked to test Jay Lynch in the Chesterfield goal early on.

The former Bolton Wanderers trainee, on trial with the Spireites, was needed with Tommy Lee and Aaron Chapman sidelined.

The hosts adopted a shoot on sight policy with Lee Stevenson and Dwayne Courtney dragging and slicing wide respectively.

Spireites were lively and energetic from the first whistle, often finding space and the feet of their team-mates.

Gnanduillet was a constant thorn in the side of the hosts and it didn’t take him long to open the scoring with a calm finish.

Dan Jones and Gary Roberts worked the ball down the left before the latter shifted the ball to Gnanduillet, who placed the ball into the corner from the edge of the area.

He made it two soon after when his run to the back post was spotted by Jay O’Shea, who delivered a pinpoint cross for the Ivorian to head in from close range.

Dan Gray curled a free-kick around the wall and into the side netting. Lynch looked to have it covered. Courtney tried his luck with a speculative volley that flashed well wide.

Sam Hird bravely blocked from Nathan Hicks from close range before Sam Morsy was denied by Jon Stewart in the Alfreton goal.

And, as the game moved towards half-time, Gnanduillet completed his hat-trick when he capitalised on a defensive slip from inside the area.

A flurry of changes for Alfreton saw their number 19 tackle Chesterfield’s replacement keeper Myles Wright and the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Rowe-Turner then provided a comical moment at the other end of the pitch with a bullet header which kissed the under side of the bar as it flashed past Stewart.

The changes continued for both sides and Spireites substitute Raglan swept in number five for the visitors from eight yards.

Alfreton (4-4-2): Stewart; Wood, Rowe-Turner, Courtney (c), Graham, Smith, Stevenson, Clayton, Hicks, Sheridan, Gray.

Subs: Shaw, Keane, trialists.

Chesterfield (4-2-3-1): Lynch; Darikwa, Hird, Evatt (c), Jones; Morsy, Ryan; Gardner, O’Shea, Roberts; Gnanduillet.

Subs: Humphreys, Raglan, Doyle, Boco (trialist), Featherstone (trialist), Cotton (trialist), Morgan (trialist).