LiveRecap: Chesterfield concede in each half to lose against Maidenhead United

The Spireites are aiming to make it three wins on the bounce when they take on Maidenhead United today at York Road (3pm KO).

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 4:49 pm
Maidenhead United v Chesterfield - live updates

Town did not play in midweek so they should be fresh for this clash, while the hosts lost away at Dagenham and Redbridge.

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Curtis Weston is suspended for this one so it will be interesting to see who comes in for him.

Our reporter Liam Norcliffe is at the game and will have all the build-up, team news, updates and reaction.

Maidenhead United v Chesterfield: LIVE UPDATES

Last updated: Sunday, 14 March, 2021, 08:38

  • FT: Maidenhead United 2 v 0 Chesterfield
  • Nathan Blissett gives hosts the lead after 20 minutes, Dan Sparkes adds second after half-time
  • Two changes for Town as Will Evans and Martin Smith replace Fraser Kerr and Curtis Weston (suspended)
  • Chesterfield XI 5-3-1-1: Smith; Carline, Evans (c), Gunning, Maguire, Whittle (Taylor, 65); McCourt, Smith (Yussuf, 58), Whelan; Mandeville (Tyson, 58); Asante. Subs: Kerr, Taylor, Clarke, Tyson, Yussuf.
  • Town have won last two, hosts not won in seven
  • Spireites 12th, Maidenhead 15th

Final thoughts from Ben

A disappointing afternoon, not only because of the defeat, but the manner of it. Defensively, Town were poor, particularly for the two goals. The intensity of the press, a noticeable element incorporated into James Rowe’s style of play, was too often missing and it allowed the hosts to find far too much space and time in dangerous areas, and that’s what proved to be the difference today. Going forward the story wasn’t much better, with the Spireites failing to have any real sustained period of pressure, and also failing to really test the Maidenhead ‘keeper with the chances they were able to create. What makes that result even more disappointing is that I don’t believe Maidenhead were a side that Chesterfield couldn’t have beaten. I mean no disrespect to today’s hosts, they were certainly a solid outfit, but beyond that unremarkable, and it certainly feels to me like a game that was lost by the Spireites, rather than one that was won by the Magpies. Either way, the result is the same, and it’s defeat on the road for James Rowe’s men this afternoon, and I imagine there is much for the Chesterfield boss to ponder going into Tuesday night’s game against high-flying Sutton United. Here’s hoping today’s showing is a mere bump in the road, heading into what could be a potential make or break portion of the Spireites’ season.

Liam Norcliffe's Chesterfield player ratings from poor defeat to Maidenhead United

Chesterfield fell to a deserved 2-0 defeat at Maidenhead United on Saturday.

'I picked the wrong team and trusted wrong players' - Rowe reacts to lacklustre defeat to Maidenhead United

James Rowe said he ‘picked the wrong team’ as Chesterfield fell to a deserved defeat to Maidenhead United at York Road on Saturday.

FT: Maidenhead United 2 v 0 Chesterfield

Spireites not at the races today. Too many players not at it.

From Maguire and Asante come in but it’s almost over.


Upward almost makes it 3-0 from 10 yards but Gunning blocks for a corner.

Another decent long-range strike from McCourt is on target but is saved. Time is running out. Nine to go.

Evans’ deep cross from the right is met by Tyson at the far post but his looping header goes over the bar. 14 to go. 2-0.

Whittle off, Taylor on. 65 gone, 2-0.

For Yussuf in the box, he was well placed but it was a tame shot and straight at Ashby-Hammond.

Reaction from fan writer Ben as hosts go 2-0 up

Once again, all too easy for Maidenhead. 2-0 now, and I’d said at half time that the Spireites needed to be quick out of the blocks to put some pressure on their hosts, and they have failed in that regard. There were some good initial signs, with Jak McCourt crafting a decent attempt from the edge of the area, but Town never really built on that and instead it’s the Magpies who have found the second goal and doubled their lead. A very uncharacteristic performance from James Rowe’s side so far, it’s looked lethargic at times at the back, and going forward it’s not been the sustained pressure typically seen of late, with Chesterfield’s chances being few and far between. All of this has culminated in Town finding themselves 2-0 down, and it’ll take something special from them to get something out of the game here.

Is on target but is easily saved from 20 yards out on the right.

Double Spireites sub as Martin Smith and Liam Mandeville are replaced by Nathan Tyson and Adi Yussuf. 58 played, 2-0.

On target from McCourt again from the edge of the area but he doesn’t catch is well this time. Easy save.

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