Recap: Chesterfield suffer second to defeat on bounce at home to FC Halifax Town

There are 10 games to go in the National League season for Chesterfield and there is no doubt that tonight’s clash against FC Halifax Town is a big one.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 9:40 pm

The seventh-placed Blues will be keen to get back to winning ways after losing to Bromley on Saturday, while the visitors put four past King’s Lynn Town to jump up to sixth.

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We should be in for a cracker, and Liam Norcliffe is at the game and will have all the build-up, team news, updates and reaction.

Chesterfield v FC Halifax Town - live updates.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 21 April, 2021, 24:37

  • FT: Chesterfield 1 v 2 FC Halifax Town
  • Goals from Jeff King and Jake Hyde put Halifax ahead after 30 minutes
  • Kairo Mitchell halves deficiit with 20 minutes to go - his first goal for club
  • James Montgomery makes debut in net for Spireites
  • (3-4-2-1) Montgomery; Kerr, Gunning (c), Maguire; Carline, Weston, Oyeleke, Whittle; Whelan, Mandeville; Mitchell. Subs: Yarney, Taylor, Clarke, Dinanga, Tyson.

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So it’s a second sucessive defeat for the Spireites, and now three games withou a win.

Wrexham away on Saturday next up.

Night all!

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Final thoughts from fan writer Ben

Full time time then and it has finished Chesterfield 1-2 Halifax at the Technique Stadium.

The Spireites certainly pushed to find an equaliser in the latter stages, but genuine chances were at a premium and ultimately, the second goal was not forthcoming. The damage had largely been done in the first half. James Rowe’s side let themselves down when it mattered, and left themselves with a mountain to climb, and when you’re trying to mount a push from promotion, you can’t afford those defensive lapses very often, and certainly not twice in one game.

There are some positives to take though. The switch to the two-up-top in the second half made Town more of an attacking threat, particularly unlocking the potential of Kairo Mitchell and giving us at least a slight glimpse of what he may be capable of. With that in mind, I wouldn’t be surprise to see that change carried over into future games. It’s also important to remember that Chesterfield weren’t hammered tonight. It was a relatively even game which the Spireites ended up losing due to errors in vital moments. That is not to excuse those errors, far from it, and I’m sure Rowe’s players know they can’t afford too many more slip ups like that. But those errors are identifiable and if they can be cut out, there is no reason why the results won’t return.

Overall, Chesterfield do need to improve, that is without question. However, they haven’t become a bad team overnight, and they probably aren’t as far away as a three-game winless run may suggest. That said, that run cannot continue for much longer, as the Spireites will soon risk somewhat undoing their good work over the past few months and falling short of the play-offs. An incredibly important few weeks to come.

FT: Chesterfield 1 v 2 FC Halifax Town

Back-to-back defeats for the Spireites.

Reaction coming up.

Kerr is denied in stoppage time by Johnson! So close!


Weston pokes wide inside the area through a crowd of bodies after Taylor’s drilled effort fell to him. Waiting for added time now.

Goal reaction from fan writer Ben

Is there still a chance for Town? A hint of fortune about it, but they’ve got one back, and it’s a first Chesterfield goal for Kairo Mitchell. I’ve been pretty scathing in my criticism of The Spireites’ defence tonight, but this time it was the turn of a member of the Halifax backline to make the error which allowed the ball to run through to Mitchell, who to his credit turned and finished well. Hopefully that slice of luck and subsequent goal can act as a bit of motivation for the Chesterfield players, and illustrate that if they keep pushing, the opportunities for an equaliser will eventually present themselves one way or another. Game on!

For Kerr.

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