Full Time Report: Chesterfield 0 Fleetwood 1 (3-2 agg)

Chesterfield's Ritchie Humphreys in action against Fleetwood
Chesterfield's Ritchie Humphreys in action against Fleetwood
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Chesterfield are off to Wembley, despite losing 1-0 to Fleetwood in the Johnstone’s Paint’s Northern Area final at the Proact Stadium.

Jon Parkin scored the only goal of the game on the night but a 3-1 win in the first leg was enough to see Paul Cook’s men through.

The Spireites will now play Peterborough in the decider on March 30.

Chesterfield made three changes to the side that beat Torquay United 3-1 at the weekend.

Sam Hird came back into the side and in at midfield in place of Dan Gardener, whilst key figure Gary Roberts replaces Ollie Banks and Marc Richards came in up front in the place of Eoin Doyle.

Spireites started well and had the bulk of the posession but it was Fleetwood who had the first chance of the game when Jon Parkin fired wide following good work from Jamille Matt on six minutes.

The home side continued to control the game and with 18 minutes gone Chesterfield’s Jimmy Ryan struck an excellent left footed volley from an angle but Maxwell in the Fleetwood goal pulled off an excellent save to keep the scores at 0-0.

Jay O’Shea then tested Maxwell with a fizzing effort, before Parkin tried his luck from just inside the Chesterfield half after seeing Tommy Lee out of his goal, but the striker’s effort floated just wide of his far post.

On the half hour, Maxwell produced a terrific save to deny Richards a header inside the six-yard area from a Gary Roberts cross, whilst the referee David Webb waved away Fleetwood’s claims for a penalty after striker Jon Parkin fell in the area.

Fleetwood had Maxwell to thank for keeping the scores level. The Welsh keeper pulled off a string of fine saves to deny Richards, whilst Alan Goodall wasted a free kick on the edge of the area.

Half time - 0-0

The second half got off to a scrappy start, first Darikwa fouled Matt on the edge of the area and after Goodall wasted the free kick, Fleetwood’s Gareth Evans was booked for a high foot on Sam Hird.

Parkin had the first real chance of the half as he volleyed a left foot effort over Tommy Lee’s bar from Sarcevic’s pass.

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander went for broke with 30 minutes remaining as he introduced both Mikael Mandron and Junior Brown for Alan Goodall and Alex Marrow respectfully.

With 15 minutes remaining, a number of changes were made by both teams. Fleetwood have introduced Matty Hughes, who is making his debut, for Mark Roberts, whilst Chesterfield have brought on Eoin Doyle and Ollie Banks for Marc Richards and Jay O’Shea respectively.

Doyle then missed two glorious chances to put Chesterfield in front. The first a point blank header from Roberts’ cross from the left, before losing his footing when put through on goal from another Roberts pass.

With a minute left of normal time Fleetwood broke the deadlock on the night. Parkin knocked the ball into the open net after great work by Matt to square it to the striker

Chesterfield: Lee; Darikwa, Evatt (c), Cooper, Humphreys; Hird, Morsy, Ryan, Roberts, O’Shea; Richards.

Subs: Dunbavin, Banks, Gardner, Gnanduillet, Doyle.

Fleetwood: Maxwell, McLaughlin, Taylor, Pond, Roberts, Marrow, Sarcevic, Goodall, Evans, Parkin, Matt.

Subs: Brown, Hogan, Hughes, Mandron, Davies

Referee: David Coote (Notts)