A Spireites reserve team, including two youth teamers in the starting line up, lost on penalties to Derby County in the quarter final of the Derbyshire FA Senior Cup yesterday.
It's the first time since the 1930s that Chesterfield has entered the competition and in the previous round they beat Mickleover Sports 4-0 whilst Rams hammered Shirebrook Town 14-1, having been a goal down inside a minute.
In form Deane Smalley put Chesterfield ahead on 14 minutes after a pass by Jordan Edridge after County had enjoyed much of the early play. The goal prompted a decent spell for Spireites for the remainder of the half against a side whose most prominent players were Lee Croft, Jake Buxton and Tomasz Cywka.
Jamie Lowry, continuing his comeback after a cruciate injury, struck the bar in the second half as Spireites, overseen by Mark Crossley and 453 fans, looked to double their advantage. They managed that midway through the second half when Jordan Bowery hit the target on the counter-attack.
Aaron Cole pulled one back on 85 with a speculative cross and Jeff Hendrick scored a couple of minutes later to alter the face of the tie.
County hit the post in the last minute of normal time.
The Rams took the lead in extra time after Matt Needham had fouled Cywka, who fired home from the resulting penalty. Substitute Jordan Burrow grabbed a last gasp leveller to take the exciting tie into penalties.
Lowry and Scott Griffiths missed whilst Tendayi Darikwa scored but Derby got four from four to win the shoot out 4-1, Buxton converting the final 12 yarder.
Chesterfield travel to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday. Graham Turner's side are back in the play-off zone after dropping out of late. A come from behind 3-1 win at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday ended a barren run for the Shrews.
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