Writer: Deano The Spireite
Date:Wednesday July 17 2013
The Spireites faced a strong Nottingham Forest side at the Proact on a very hot summers evening. Matty Brown and Richie Humpreys who have both joined the Spireites on a one year contract made the starting line-up. Jamie Devitt and Hendrick who are also looking for deals also made the starting 11.
A crowd of 3,534 had turned out for this pre-season friendly, Morsy had his effort saved, after being set up by Togwell. Five minutes later Richie Humphreys failed to keep his shot down, shooting over the bar.
Forest took the lead against the run of play, Derbyshire was put through, by a perfectly weighed pass from Tudgay, and he calmly slotted the ball past Lee.
Forest started to take control of the game, Halford went close from 30 yards, putting his effort just wide.
Ryan tried his luck from 25 yards, but De Vries was equal too it and pushed the shot away.
Patterson nearly put the visitors 2 up, his effort just missed the target.
Forest just shaded the first-half, although the Spireites did create chances. Their was nearly a big injury worry in the first half, when Paul Cook went to throw the ball back he stood on some water bottles and fell flat on his face. Luckily the only thing he hurt was his pride, although he did take it in his stride and laughed off the incident.
Darikwa, Hird, O'Shea, Roberts and Richards were brought on for Brown, Cakin, Togwell, Devitt and Doyle.
O'Shea was looking lively and after being put through by Richards, his shot was saved by de Vries.
The Spireites looked determined to find the equaliser, O'Shea played it to Humpreys who found Richards in space, his header went over the bar.
The Spireites were let off when Cooper cleared one off the line, then Tudgay got past Lee but Hird blocked his effort.
10 minutes on Roberts hit a lovely effort from distance past the hapless keeper.
Roberts made some lovely runs down the wing, put in some quality balls into the box and scored a great goal, he's my man of the match, although there was a number of contenders.
Ryan and Morsy are already starting to form a formidable centre midfield partnership, Morsy covered every blade of grass, Ryan never played a bad ball, controlling the tempo in midfield and kept the ball moving.
Some of the passing and movement was sublime, they more than matched the Championship side and totally deserved their draw. Quote from Stand Up: "How did we not win that? sublime.
Date:Wednesday July 17 2013
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