Gnanduillet hat-trick sets Spireites on way to easy win at Conference club Town

Second half sub Charlie Raglan scores past Town keeper Jon Stewart. Picture: Anne Shelley
Second half sub Charlie Raglan scores past Town keeper Jon Stewart. Picture: Anne Shelley
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Armand Gnanduillet grabbed a first half hat-trick as Spireiteswon 5-1 at Nicky Law’s Conference National Alfreton Town.

There were two more goals after the break, an own-goal and Charlie Raglan’s first for the club, following a farcical concession by Spireites.

With Tommy Lee and Aaron Chapman still unavailable, Spireites drafted in 6ft 2ins 21-year-old former Bolton Wanderers keeper Jay Lynch into the team, the only trialist in the starting line-up.

Once again Gnanduillet was given the opportunity to impress as the lone striker as his football education continues and he passed the test with flying colours. Sam Hird got the nod to partner Ian Evatt in the heart of defence.

The French-born Ivorian blasted home a Gary Roberts square pass from just inside the box on 15 minutes just moments after a Jay O’Shea cross in had been hacked off the line by Chris Smith.

Former Chesterfield man Dan Gray, signed just hours before the game, forced Ian Evatt to block as he advanced into the box from right-back.

Midway through the half Gnanduillet met O’Shea’s deep cross from the right with aplomb to head home from close range. The running onto the header by the striker showed just how much he has learned positionally. Soon after O’Shea left the action with what, presumably, was a minor niggle.

Sam Morsy had a shot saved after he ran on to a Dan Jones throw before, on 42, a Roberts burst from just inside the Alfreton half led to a pass into Gnanduillet’s path and he calmly beat Jon Stewart to register his hat-trick.

Stewart made a fine save just before the break to deny Gnanduillet a fourth.

After the normal ruck of substitution after the break, Alfreton pulled a goal back when fresh on sub keeper Myles Wright made a hash of a dribble out of his six and trialist No.19 pounced for the hosts. Spireites restored the three goal cushion with an equally bizarre goal, home left-back Lathaniel Rowe-Turner heading a bullet past his own keeper from Ritchie Humphreys’ cross.

Raglan wrapped things up by side-footing in from close range after a right wing corner routine to give Cook’s side a morale boosting victory as they prepare to visit Lincoln City at the weekend.

Alfreton Town (4-4-2): Stewart; Wood, Graham, Smith, Rowe-Turner; Courtney, Gray, Stevenson, Hicks; Sheridan, Clayton.

Chesterfield (4-2-3-1): Lynch (Wright 60); Darikwa (trialist 67), Evatt, Hird (Raglan 66), Jones (Featherstone 60); Ryan (Humphreys 52), Morsy (trialist 67), O’Shea (Boco 25), Gardner (trialist 60), Roberts (Cotton 66); Gnanduillet (Morgan 52).