LiveRecap: Chesterfield close in on play-off positions with narrow win at Aldershot Town
Chesterfield could close the gap to the play-offs with a win at Aldershot Town tonight (7pm KO).
The Spireites beat Barnet on Saturday so they travel to The EBB Stadium in good spirits following a dominant performance.
Tonight’s hosts rescued a point against Boreham Wood last time out with a thrilling comeback so they will be full of confidence too.
Liam Norcliffe is at the game and will have all the build-up, team news, match updates and reaction so stay with us throughout the day.
Aldershot Town v Chesterfield: LIVE UPDATES
Last updated: Wednesday, 24 March, 2021, 24:04
- FT: Aldershot Town 0 v 1 Chesterfield (7pm KO)
- Alex Whittle opens scoring for Town on 27 mins - his first goal for the club
- One change for Town as Martin Smith replaces Tom Whelan, who drops to the bench
- G Smith; Carline, Kerr, Hollis, Maguire (c), Whittle; Weston, M. Smith, Clarke (Whelan, 56); Yussuf (Dinanga, 70), Asante (Mandeville, 88). Subs: Yarney, Mandeville, Whelan, Dinanga, Tyson.D
- Spireites 11th, hosts 13th
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A huge win for Town.
The play-offs are getting closer.
Weymouth at home on Saturday next.
The Spireites dug deep to record a narrow victory against Aldershot Town on Tuesday night to continue their rise up the table.
James Rowe urged his Chesterfield side to build on their momentum after back-to-back away wins moved them to within two points of the play-offs.
Final thoughts from fan writer Ben
There it is! The full time whistle has been blown and the Spireites have seen it through, winning 1-0 against Aldershot Town here this evening. That, as far as I’m concerned, was a textbook example of how to see out a game, particularly in the last ten minutes or so. Whilst it’s often been the more attacking players like Akwasi Asante, Tom Whelan and Jack Clarke that’ve taken the plaudits for Town, and rightly so, tonight huge credit has to go to the Chesterfield defence, who withstood all the Shots had to throw at them and, for the most part, didn’t look in any real danger of conceding, even during spells where Aldershot were applying the pressure. Haydn Hollis was the standout, but to a man, the back five, as well as goalkeeper Grant Smith, were excellent this evening, and played a massive role in the Spireites seeing it through. There may have been more impressive and more comprehensive wins in Town’s catalogue so far this season, but this one is one of the most significant for me, as it highlights the Spireites’ ability to win when they’re not particularly dominating and when their backs might be against the wall at times and that is a vital skill to master when attempting to mount a promotion charge. If the performances against Maidenhead and Sutton had left some doubting Chesterfield’s play-off credentials, I feel like those doubts have been emphatically dismissed tonight.
IT’S ALL OVER!
FT: Aldershot Town 0 v 1 Chesterfield
Alex Whittle’s first goal for the Spireites wins it. Solid performance. Back-to-back away victories and clean sheets. Town up to 10th and two points off the play-offs.
Five added on
Third Town sub - 88 mins
Asante off, Mandeville on.
Two to go
Hollis’ back header to Smith is weak and Miller would have scored had he connected but it was an air-kick. Seven to go. 0-1.
Big 20 minutes coming up
Can Town hold on?
Another sub - 70 mins
Second Town sub as Dinanga replaces Yussuf.
Chesterfield are yet to threaten this half. The Shots are dominating territory but without creating too much.
Is off the field at the moment with a head injury...but now he’s back on.
Off the line
Hollis clears Bettamer’s effort at the back post off the line but the flag is up for offside. Phew!
CFC sub - 56 mins
First Blues sub as Tom Whelan replaces Jack Clarke.