Spireites strolled to victory in this hastily arranged fixture against their Northern Counties East Premier League neighbours.
In a substitute laden game, Chesterfield’s first half strike force gave John Sheridan’s side a 3-0 advantage. First year pro Jacob Hazel looked very sharp in bagging a brace, he also had one disallowed. Scott Boden, who assisted Hazel’s opener, scored in between his partner’s pair, heading in a Drew Talbot cross.
Their half-time replacements, Jonathan Wafula and Jordan Bowery, had early chances to score but the former shot at the keeper. However, moments later, Bowery tapped in from his co-striker’s excellent ball in.
Kyle Hawthorne, fresh from a spell in Sweden, pulled one back with an angled drive beyond Richard O’Donnell, but Spireites soon scored again. Right-back Tendayi Darikwa’s powerful run brought about a fine shot for a rare goal for him. The scoreline was completed with a late penalty following a foul on Bowery. Midfielder Mark Randall stepped up to chip in, Pirlo style, to make it 6-1.
Chesterfield featured three triallists. Former Miller Chris Sedgwick, aged 32, released this summer by the Owls, played for an hour on the left side of midfield. Manny Panther, aged 28, an Aldershot player last term put in a full shift in the engine room but the most eye-catching of the trio was left back Keith Quinn.
The 23-year-old Dubliner, a former Blades youngster who’s the brother of Alan and Stephen also played the full 90 minutes and looked very comfortable. He’s had a spell in Australia but last season was with Monaghan in the League of Ireland, but they withdrew from the competition for financial reasons.
All three are likely to play some part in tomorrow’s game at Matlock Town as are new signings Marc Richards and Sam Togwell, who were absent at Staveley.
spireites (4-4-2): O’Donnell, Talbot (Darikwa HT), Forbes (Randall HT), Hird (Broadhead 60), Quinn, Waddle, Panther, Clay (T. Whittaker), Sedgwick (Fereday 65), Hazel (Bowery HT), Boden (Wafula HT).