LiveRecap: Tom Denton scores after long injury lay-off as Chesterfield lose to Alfreton Town in first pre-season friendly for Spireites
Chesterfield play their first match of pre-season this afternoon at Alfreton Town (3pm KO).
The new National League season starts on August 21 so today will be about getting some important minutes under their belt and improving their sharpness.
Alfreton have already played two friendly games so they potentially could have the edge fitness-wise in what is set to be a scorching day at the Impact Arena.
Our reporter Liam Norcliffe is at the match and will bring you all the team news, updates and reaction.
Alfreton Town v Chesterfield: LIVE UPDATES
Last updated: Saturday, 17 July, 2021, 19:46
- FT Alfreton Town 3 v 2 Chesterfield
- Spireites concede in 90th minute to lose first friendly
- Chesterfield use four trialists
- Alfreton led through Mat Rhead’s penalty
- Trialist and Tom Denton put Blues ahead
- Michael Williams and late Shaun Tuton goal win it for hosts
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Tom Denton scored on his first appearance in six months as Chesterfield slipped to a late 3-2 defeat against Alfreton Town in their first pre-season friendly.
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It’s all over
FT: Alfreton 3 v 2 Chesterfield.
Entertaining game in sweltering heat.
Chesterfield goals coming from Trialist and Denton.
The hosts regain the lead late on. Tuton turns and finishes in the box.
More subs - 76 mins
Trialist goalkeeper on for Spireites. Khan back on for King also. 14 minutes to go.
Alfreton equalise. Michael Williams. Good strike. 2-2. 75 minutes.
Denton powers in a header against his former club from McCourt’s corner just minutes after coming on. Spireites fans behind the goal enjoyed that one. Chesterfield lead 2-1. 70 minutes gone.
Tom Denton is on for his first appearance since January. Gunning, Weston and Rowley are on as well. Maguire, Khan, Mandeville and goalscoring Trialist (knock) go off. 65 mins, 1-1.
Spireites sub - 53 mins
Whittle replaces Miller.
Trialist (striker) closes down Alfreton goalkeeper Maris who pings the ball straight at Trialist and the ball rebounds into the net. 1-1. 53 minutes
Three changes at the break
Three changes at HT as Rowley, Payne and Trialist are replaced by two other Trialists and Tyson. Got it?
Behind at the break
HT: Alfreton 1 v 0 Chesterfield
Rhead’s penalty is the difference so far.
Grimes, who has looked good this half, pings a ball out to King who crosses for Payne but his flicked effort is easily saved.