Four big talking points as Chesterfield are frustrated by Boreham Wood
The Spireites were held to a goalless draw against Boreham Wood on Tuesday night - but extended their unbeaten run to six games to move up to fifth in the National League table.
ASANTE INJURY WORRY
Injury to top scorer Akwasi Asante was the main headline from this forgettable encounter.
The striker came off on 65 minutes with what boss James Rowe described after the game as a ‘bad’ knee injury.
Asante was about to pull the trigger in the box when a superb sliding challenge denied him. He must have landed awkwardly and he was forced off.
Although this was Asante’s eighth game without a goal, if he is set to be out for a long period then it is a huge blow to Chesterfield’s promotion ambitions.
The big question is, where are the goals going to come from? Adi Yussuf and Nathan Tyson both have one each, while Marcus Dinanga is yet to get off the mark. It will be a big responsibility for new signing Kairo Mitchell to fill Asante’s boots so others are going to have to step up to the plate now.
Rowe gave starts to new signings Kairo Mitchell and Manny Oyeleke and they both did reasonably well considering they can’t have trained much with their new teammates.
Striker Mitchell, 23, showed some nice touches and put himself about against some physical and experienced Boreham defenders.
He headed wide from six yards when Alex Whittle whipped in a cross in the first-half. Rowe said that he should have hit the target.
Oyeleke, 28, played alongside Curtis Weston in central midfield and he grew into the game and came on strong in the second-half.
Playing midfield under Rowe is a very demanding, technical role which requires a lot of energy and concentration so as a whole I think he can be satisfied with how he performed.
His arrival means the Blues have some real competition for places with Martin Smith and the currently injured Jak McCourt.
NOT A CLASSIC
I can’t see there being much demand for a DVD of this one. Even the highlights package will be a hard sell.
There was not much between the two teams in terms of general play. It was tight, scrappy and scruffy with both defences on top.
There was no room in midfield and everything from a Chesterfield point of view felt a bit rushed because of Boreham’s pressure.
However, Town had the best two chances of the game.
First, Asante missed a sitter when goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore parried Curtis Weston’s long-range half-volley into his path. He snatched at it from six-yards out and it flew over the bar.
Moments later Fraser Kerr stabbed wide from about eight yards when Gavin Gunning’s free-kick fell to him.
The second-half was stop-start and mostly uneventful, although Boreham looked the more threatening late on from a number of corners.
NOT END OF WORLD
At the end of the day, it is another point on the board and the Blues extend their unbeaten run to six games and move above Notts County into fifth on goal difference.
(3-5-2) G.Smith; Kerr, Gunning, Maguire; Carline, Weston, Oyeleke, Whelan (Mandeville, 70), Whittle; Mitchell, Asante (Tyson, 65). Unused subs: Yarney, Clarke, Yussuf.