Blues pegged back after Bowery nets opener

Chesterfield FC Jordan Bowery
Chesterfield FC Jordan Bowery

Chesterfield 1, Oldham Athletic 1

Chesterfield had to be satisfied with a point against Oldham who pulled level deep into first-half injury time after Jordan Bowery had opened the scoring.

The Spireites have been cursed with conceding late goals, notably at Wycombe and Scunthorpe last month, and their good work in the opening 45 minutes was blighted when Matty Smith headed in from close range three minutes into time added on.

A repeat of the 5-2 defeat at Boundary Park never looked on the cards but Nathan Clarke was off target with a header and Danny Whitaker had to clear a Robbie Simpson corner off the line before Bowery made it 1-0 with the best move of the game.

Whitaker released Alex Mendy on the left and he teased his defender before crossing into the centre.

It was a great pass and Bowery did it justice by firing in an excellent volley from 12 yards with his left foot.

The goal was Bowery’s seventh of the season and the finish was good enough for it to be a match winner.

Keeper Tommy Lee had a great game, making a string of top saves, but he was left exposed as the match edged towards the break.

Smith lost possession in the centre circle and the ball was worked out to Filipe Morais wide on the left. He was allowed to cross and from close range Smith climbed high to nod home.

It was a match littered with errors as both sides went in search of a winner and with 15 minutes remaining, Scott Boden came on for Mendy.

And right at the death the Spireites carved out a couple of opportunities which could have seen them capture all three points.

Both were headers but Nathan Smith and Boden could only aim their efforts straight at Alex Cisak.

Chesterfield: Lee, Trotman, Robertson, Ford, Smith, Allott, Whitaker, Westcarr, Mendy (Boden 76), Bowery, Talbot. Subs not used: Fleming, Niven, Mattis, Juan.

Oldham: Cisak, Black, Diamond, N Clarke, Morais (Parker 60), Furman, Adeyemi, Taylor, Lee, Simpson (Scapuzzi 87), Smith (Kuqi 65). Subs not used: Bouzanis, Mvoto.

Referee: Darren Deadman (Lincolnshire).

Attendance: 6,723 (914 from Oldham).