Gillingham 1, Chesterfield 1
The Tommy Wright era began with a draw for Chesterfield at League Two front runners Gillingham.
The goal came from Craig Westcarr who then went on to blot his copy book by being send off in time added on at the end when he was shown a yellow card for the second time in the game.
Westcarr put the Spireites in front with a close range volley in the 13th minute following a right wing cross from Terrell Forbes.
However, the lead did not last long as the men of Ken drew level in the 21st minute.
Danny Kedwell headed in from close range after being set up by Myles Weston. His effort only just crossed the line.
It all started to go wrong for Westcarr when he was booked in the 81st minute following a foul.
Five minutes into time added on at the end he was flagged for being offside, but then went on to shoot, an offence which was deemed suitable for a booking and he dismissed after a second yellow and a red.
Chesterfield almost won the game in time added on.
Jack Lester came on as a late substitute, replacing Marc Richards, and in stoppage time, Gillingham keeper Stuart Nelson was forced to make two great saves.
Wright took over as caretaker manager after John Sheridan was relieved of his duties earlier this week and he would have taken heart from his team’s display at Gillingham
Attendance: 4,380 (196 away fans).
Chesterfield are in action again on Tuesday evening when they begin their defence of the JP Trophy with a tie against Oldham Athletic at the Proact Stadium. Kick off 7pm.
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