A step-up in the level of opponent saw Spireites lead twice but get pegged back by their Conference hosts.
Drew Talbot, who became the seventh different Chesterfield player to score in pre-season, and Jordan Bowery, the only man to score in all three games, were on target for John Sheridan’s side.
But AFC Telford United, formed only in 2004 when the previous club was liquidated, hit back on both occasions. Ex-Owl Andy Sinton’s charges took advantage of some woeful defending to score through Jake Reid and Steve Jones. Danny Whitaker picked out Marc Richards and the striker’s angled ball through to Talbot, who started on the right wing, was perfect for the midfielder to slot the ball home.
Luke Hubbins lofted a ball forwards and Reid reacted quickest to get on the end of the bouncing ball to score beyond Richard O’Donnell.
Telford enjoyed a solid spell but ahead of the break Craig Westcarr, in his first appearance in the warm-up games, Talbot and Richards all had decent pops at goal.
Just three half-time changes saw Spireites dominate for close on 20 minutes. Sam Hird had a shot deflected just wide, Whitaker rattled the bar, as did Richards, who soon afterwards hit high.
Spireites’ due reward came when Bowery headed in from close range from a delivery by Whitaker, who had linked well on the left in the game with Keith Quinn. Irishman Quinn, a left-footed trialist in a squad with few left-footers, looks to have done enough to at least be considered for some sort of contract. Manny Panther, too, has looked lively. “They’ve both shown a great attitude, so I’ll have a chat with them and come to a decision,” said the manager.
The goal heralded more changes and with the side re-shuffling, Telford took advantage when Steve Jones converted from a few yards following a right-wing cut-back. The majority of late close calls were from the boots or heads of Chesterfield players but, on balance, the home side deserved the draw in a game where little new was learned, but fitness was on top of Sheridan’s agenda.
He said: “It was a good work-out, the most important thing is that we get something out of the game. We got more fitness and no injuries. It was a good run out but I’d still like to have won. They gave us one or two problems, we conceded two poor goals but we created lots of good opportunities for us to score ourselves.”
Chesterfield’s next match is on Friday at Nicky Law’s Conference side Alfreton Town.
Chesterfield (4-4-2): O’Donnell, Darikwa (Allott HT), Hird, Forbes, Quinn (Wafula 77), Talbot (Clay 77), Togwell (Waddle 63), Panther (Randall HT), Whitaker (Hazel 66), Richards (Boden 63), Westcarr (Bowery HT).
Goals: Talbot 10, Bowery 62 (Chesterfield); Reid 25, Jones 71 (Telford).