FULL TIME: Exeter 2 Chesterfield 1

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chesterfield travelled to Exeter but were undone by a birthday boy.

John Sheridan went into the game hoping his busy week would bring some positive rewards for what was, even at this early stage of the season, a vital game from a confidence point of view.

Striker or winger Craig Westcarr cost money from Notts County, £70,000 is the best estimate of the fee, whilst left footed defender Jonathan Grounds (Middlesbrough) and Lee Johnson (Bristol City) have been borrowed.

This match is the first of a couple of huge encounters. Like Spireites, Exeter and next week’s visitors to Derbyshire, Orient, have yet to win a league game this season and the trio began this game occupying the bottom three spots.

Dunne’s cross hit Smith on his thigh to earn City’s first corner and it led to the opening goal. Jones delivered and the all blue defence looked shaky, allowing the ball to find defensive midfielder ARCHIBALD-HENVILLE and his half-hit shot bounced over Lee with 16 minutes played.

Vine backheeled a shot just wide as the game expanded and Spireites won a penalty.

Boden crossed in and the linesman flagged for handball by Coles. The reliable WHITAKER hit the 33rd minute 12 yarder in to level the game.

Holden was booked for a foul on Nardiello and Lester came on for the hardworking Boden. It’s not the first time Lester and Westcarr have played together, they were colleagues at Nottingham Forest at the start of the new signing’s career.

Striker Logan came on for defender Coles as City looked for a late winner and immediately took the lead, sub NICHOLS shooting in from the box-edge on 82, the day before his 18th birthday.

For a full report of this game, see the Green’Un.