Recap: Chesterfield fall to late defeat against play-off rivals Bromley
The Blues host play-off rivals Bromley at the Technique Stadium today (12.30pm KO).
The Spireites are currently fifth in the National League and are unbeaten in their last six matches.
Bromley are unbeaten under new manager Andy Woodman, including two straight wins, moving them up to ninth and just one point off the top seven. A win for the visitors would take them level on points with Town.
Liam Norcliffe is at the game and will have all the build-up, team news, updates and reaction.
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Last updated: Saturday, 17 April, 2021, 19:57
- FT: Chesterfield 1 v 2 Bromley (12.30pm KO)
- Akwasi Asante out for nine months with ruptured ACL
- Michael Cheek gives visitors lead on 19 minutes, Joe Kizzi scores winner six minutes from end
- Laurence Maguire equalised with 16 minutes to go
- Three changes as Asante, Gunning and Whelan are replaced by Clarke, Mandeville and Yarney
- Smith; Yarney, Kerr, Maguire; Carline, Weston, Oyeleke, Clarke, Whittle; Mandeville; Mitchell. Subs: Taylor, M.Smith, Whelan, Tyson, Dinanga.
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A first defeat in seven for Town today.
But of course the big news is that Akwasi Asante has ruptured his ACL and will be out for nine months. A huge blow.
Halifax at home on Tuesday next up.
Town conceded six minutes from time to fall to their first defeat in seven games against Bromley.
Final thoughts from fan writer Ben
If there was one word to some up that performance from a Spireites perspective, I think it’d be frustrating. A solid, if unremarkable display, undermined by lapses in defensive concentration at key points of the match, and it’s those lapses that have really cost James Rowe’s men this afternoon.
As I stated after their second, credit should go to Bromley too for showing the clinical nature required to punish Town’s mistakes, but you can’t help but feel that Chesterfield were the architects of their own downfall this afternoon and that there was enough quality within their ranks to have secured at least a point there.
Of course, it should be stated that the absence of Gavin Gunning, and later Curtis Weston after he was forced off, was always likely to make defensive organisation more difficult as those are two players key to the core of the side. However, one characteristic of Rowe’s squad is its apparent strength in depth, and in a season where fixtures come thick and fast, Town need to be able to adapt to losing or playing without important members of their squad, and at times today it appeared that they failed to do so.
Overall, today’s game to me was one that could easily have gone either way, and unfortunately for Chesterfield, it went against them on this occasion. That’s a fact that is bitterly disappointing, particularly when the Spireites have demonstrated the ability to win such games on numerous occasions in recent times. T
here’s no need to panic just yet though, it would be inaccurate to say that Town were particularly poor or were outclassed today, there were just minor improvements needed at both ends of the pitch at key moments, and I’m sure James Rowe is eager to start making those steps as soon as possible. The Spireites can’t afford to many more slip-ups though, as the results today mean the chasing pack have closed in on them. It’s a big few weeks coming up for Chesterfield Football Club and its players, but I remain confident that this group will be able to return to form and get over the line come the end of the season.
'It is embarrassing' - Chesterfield boss James Rowe rips into officials after Bromley snatch late win
Chesterfield boss James Rowe said the officiating was ‘embarrassing’ after they were denied two ‘stonewall’ penalties in the defeat against Bromley on Saturday.
Very bad news
Chesterfield’s promotion hopes have taken a huge hit after top scorer Akwasi Asante has been ruled out for nine months with a serious knee injury.
It’s a defeat for Town
FT: Chesterfield 1 v 2 Bromley
First defeat in seven for the Blues.
Reaction cominh up.
Strong penalty shout
Carline goes down in the box and that looked a good shout for a pen.
Five minutes added.
Goal for Bromley: 1-2
Kizzi heads in at the far post from a cross. He got the wrong side of Maguire. 1-2. Five to go.
Goal reaction from fan writer Ben
Get in! the Spireites have deserved that! They’ve had the majority of the play since Bromley went in front, and at last Chesterfield are level. A well-taken goal it was too, with centre-back Laurence Maguire showing great footwork to shift the ball between his feet to open up the angle, before calmly slotting the ball into the far corner of the goal. A leveller at last for Town, and hopefully that’s settled any potential nerves in the Chesterfield camp. Can they go and find a winner now?
Tyson heads over from Yarney’s great cross from the right. 10 to go. 1-1.