Chesterfield’s recent poor run was halted by a battling 1-1 draw at Rochdale tonight.
Nottingham-born striker Craig Westcarr put the Spireites in the lead with a goal on 36 minutes in the Roses battle.
It looked like Chesterfield may carve out a rare away win, yet 34-year-old Gary Jones spoiled the party when he scored from inside the penalty area on 73 minutes.
Leon Clarke engineered a close range chance for Westcarr, but his effort went over the bar.
Rochdale: Lucas, Darby, Holness, Trotman, Balkestein, Barry-Murphy, Jones, Grimes, Tutte, Eccleston, Akpa Akpro. Subs: Kean, Kennedy, Adams, Benali, Gray.
Chesterfield: Fleming, Holden, Downes, Grounds, Smith, Whitaker, Johnson, Westcarr, Mendy, Talbot, Clarke. Subs: Allott, Randall, Clay, Morgan, Bowery.
Ref: Darren Drysdale
Read Phil Tooley’s match report in The Star tomorrow, October 26, 2011.