Westcarr sets up semi-final date

fp92653 Chesterfield v Notts County. Craig Westcarr.
fp92653 Chesterfield v Notts County. Craig Westcarr.

Chesterfield 4, Tranmere Rovers 3

A last-ditch Craig Westcarr goal saw Chesterfield book their ticket to the northern semi-final of the JP Trophy.

The Spireites edged the seven-goal thriller after twice coming from behind against the Rovers at the B2net on Wednesday evening.

Andy McGurk gave Tranmere an eighth minute lead with a dipping 25 yard effort before Alex Mendy made it 1-1 two minutes before half-time with a good shot.

Nine minutes into the second period, Jordan /bowery headed Chesterfield into the lead but 14 minutes later, Rovers sub Showunmi made it 2-2.

Within two minutes Tranmere went ahead again when on-loan keeper Ole Soderberg allowed a Mustafa Tiryaki shot to slip through his hands.

Bowery netted his second to square the game and just as it looked as if penalties were looming, Westcarr pounced to snatch a late victory.

Chesterfield: Soderberg, Mattis (Whitaker 77), Downes, Talbot (Ford 19), Smith, Mendy, Johnson (Allott 76), Grounds, Obadeyi, Westcarr, Bowery. Subs not used: Fleming, Clay.

Tranmere: Fon Williams, McChrystal, Taylor, Holmes, Buchanan, Bakayogo (Showunmi 57), Welsh, Weir, Akins, Tiryaki (Power 86), McGurk (Labadie 71). Subs not used: Coughlin, Raven, Labadie .

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

Attendance: 3,152 (253 from Tranmere).

For the full report: see next week’s Derbyshire Times.