Derby draw: Chesterfield 1 Rotherham United 1

Ben Pringle holds off Sam Hird

Ben Pringle holds off Sam Hird

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CHESTERFIELD and Rotherham fought out a thriller - with today’s local derby ending in a 1-1 draw.

There was a cracking atmosphere for this early season meeting of these two big rivals.

The Millers fans filling one end were in good voice but in only the third minute in was the Chesterfield fans who were roaring their heads off after their side took the lead.

It was a real gift goal as well with the slippery conditions contributing to Rotherham keeper Shearer losing his footing which led to the goal.

Togwell struck a long ball down the right and Talbot was after it. Talbot ran on to the ball before rolling the ball across into the six yard area to give BOWERY an easy tap-in to the empty net.

The action was non stop and from a Pringle corner Sharps sent a header just over and on to the roof of the net.

Lee twice moved out to claim crosses, showing sound handling which wasn’t easy in such conditions as the rain continued to teem down.

In the final act of the half, with the sun now shining, Lee kept Chesterfield in front with a typical save, reacting superbly to tip over a full blooded 15 yarder from Pringle after he had pounced on a loose ball.

Half-time: Chesterfield 1 Rotherham 1

However, Rotherham levelled on 51 minutes.

From a header by Sharps ODEJAYI took possession with Hird challenging and the big striker proved too strong as he turned and set off straight through the middle before hammering his shot past the advancing Lee before taking the acclaim of the delighted Millers following.

Richards should have done better with a volley from 18 yards before Sharps produced a well-timed tackle to stop Bowery 10 yards out.

Lee went full stretch to keep out Ainsworth’s 16 yarder. Then Togwell fired over from a good position. It had been rip-roaring stuff from two sides tipped to be challenging and they had given it everything.

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