Chesterfield opened their reserves’ league with a 3-2 home win over Doncaster Rovers.
Playing at the Proact, Spireites led through a Byron Harrison header before Liam Mandeville scored the first of two fine equalisers.
Rai Simons restored the lead with an overhead kick before the second leveller.
During the first half news filtered through that Rovers’ manager Paul Dickov had been sacked with Rob Jones taking over and the withdrawal of Ritchie Wellens after an hour indicated that he may well be in the caretakers’ thoughts for the weekend.
Harrison scored the winner with 15 minutes remaining to do his first team chances no harm at all.
Spireites JPT second round tie at Rochdale has been fixed for Tuesday 6th October with a 7pm kick-off. Entry is £10 for adults and £5 for U16’s. It will be the fourth time the two sides have met in the competition, Chesterfield lead 2-1 with each winning side being at home for their success.
With Angel, Liam O’Neil and Drew Talbot all set to miss the weekend game with Colchester United, several players in the reserves had the opportunity to press their claim for at least a bench place. Midfielder Dion Donohue and Simons, along with Harrison, will be pleased with their roles in the game which was run from the touchline by Dean Saunders.
Sam Hird’s rib injury is not as bad as first feared so he could be available for the weekend, if not Saunders may be forced into the loan market to find a right back.