Scott Boden scored a hat-trick as Chesterfield and Heanor Town met in the Derbyshire County FA Senior Challenge Cup at the B2net last night, their first meeting in 111 years.
Last time these sides locked horns was in a forerunner to this competition, won 2-1 by the Spireites and the home side again came out on top, 5-3 the final score, but only after being behind for much of the contest.
Spireites selected a team for the match that wasn’t as strong as many anticipated. Jack Lester rang in sick ahead of kick-off whilst the likes of Jordan Bowery, Neal Trotman, Tope Obadeyi and Gregor Robertson weren’t risked ahead of the weekend’s key home match with Walsall in League One.
East Midlands Counties’ Premier League side Heanor Town, co-managed by Spireites mad Glenn Kirkwood, once of Doncaster Rovers, got off to a flyer. Lions’leading scorer Nathan Benger took advantage of a Matt Needham error to rifle home a 4th minute opener.
Jordan Burrow levelled soon afterwards but ahead of the break, Josh Royle took advantage of more woeful Spireites defending to slot into an empty net and send the noisy travelling fans into ecstasy. Boden, goalless in his two month loan at Macclesfield Town, shot low to level as the hour mark approached after a spell of home possession if not out and out pressure.
Soon after, two goals in 30 seconds, from Burrow and Boden, gave Mark Crossley’s Chesterfield a clear edge and the home side saw out the game with just one late scare.
Burrow was inches away from a hat-trick, he converted a Boden cross but was denied by an off-side flag but moments later, ex Chesterfield trialist Rockie White headed home from a corner to give Heanor hope but Boden completed his hat-trick in stoppage time with a header.