The Spireites Tame The Terriers
A hot sunny day, beer and football what more could you ask for, with Real Ale on sale in the West Stand. The Spireite fans were looking forward to seeing their new summer signings in action against a Championship side. Jimmy Ryan, Gary Roberts and Sam Morsy made the starting line-up with Eoin Doyle on the bench. Ritchie Humphrey's was the only trialist to make the starting eleven, starting at Left-back, due to Nathan Smith still ruled out through injury.
The Spireites nearly went behind early on, when Sam Hird gave the ball away, luckily the Terriers couldn't find the net and headed over the bar.
The Spireites started to relax and knock the ball about with some purpose and patient build-up, usually simple passes to retain the ball. O'Shea hit a powerful shot from 20 yards that went over the bar. Darikwa put a good cross in, that was only half cleared and Roberts pounced and calmly knocked it past Smithies to put the Spireites 1 up.
Although sadly the lead was short-lived when Danny Ward scored for the visitors, his shot deflected off Cooper to go past Tommy Lee.
Roberts and Morsy were linking up well and they managed to create an opening for Darikwa. But his shot was easily saved by the keeper.
Roberts and Darikwa kept swapping wings with great effect as they looked to find an opening Roberts hit a lovely free-kick which produced a good save from Smithies.
I was impressed with the Spireites first half performance, Ryan and Morsy protected the back four, they are both great ball winners and they both closed the opposition down well, and were always looking to keep the ball moving forward. Morsy was everywhere, constantly chasing the ball down and he kept popping up in dangerous places.
Roberts looks dangerous and so full of running, continuously causing the opposition problems, running the defence ragged, I can see him reaching double figures in the league 2 scoring charts.
To say how hot it was out there, the Spireites were full of energy and running and I must say the pitch looked perfect, which helped the Spireites produce their wonderful passing game.
Four changes at half-time for the Spireites, Doyle, Togwell, Gnanduillet and trialist Matt Brown replaced Hird, Ryan, O'Shea and Richards.
Chesterfield carried on were they left off and were now playing against a completely different Huddersfield line-up who had changed their entire team at half-time. Gnanduillet found Roberts at the back post, who found Doyle, his shot was well saved by Bennett. Darikwa came close, but could only find the side-netting.
After 15 minutes of the second-half Humphreys, Roberts and Morsy were replaced by Shaw, Devitt and Clifford. A few minutes later Talbot who was struggling after taking a knock was replaced by Cakin.
Trialist Devitt took a free-kick from 25 yards, he hit an audacious shot that beat the wall and found the top left corner of the net.
Cakin looked full of running and threatening, and linked up well with Gnanduillet. Brown looked solid at the back, always talking and organising the defence, he had a new partner when Cooper was replaced by Broadhead and two continued to stand up to a lively Huddersfield attack.
A well deserved victory for the Spireites, Stand-Up said: 'It's a delight to be a Spireite, play like this and the future is surely bright.
First Team Coach Kevin Lynch talking to the club website said: 'I thought it was an excellent work-out for all the lads. The work-rate, the movement, the passing and everything we've been working on the training ground came out. It was a pleasing performance.
It was a great team performance from everybody including the trialists, it's great that all the hardwork on the training ground is paying off. Next up a bigger test when Nottingham Forest visit the Proact.