WEDNESDAY: Spireites’ astonishing last-gasp victory

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Chesterfield are three games away from Wembley!

Tonight, they beat fellow League One side Tranmere Rovers 4-3 in the JP Trophy northern quarter final.

Craig Westcarr scored in the 91st minute to ensure the win in a game that Rovers must have thoght they had in the bag.

Chesterfield had started the night hoping to give their fans something to cheer about - with three wins out of 17 games in League One, the supporters hadn’t had a lot to smile about.

They had twice taken the lead twice last weekend against Yeovil, but frustratingly had to settle for a draw.

But it was a totally different story this evening, with the home side overcoming adversity to chalk a late win.

Northern Ireland striker Adam McGurk got the visitors off to a fine start with a long distance effort and the Spireites had to wait until a minute before half time before Alex Mendy levelled.

Twenty year old hit man Jordan Bowery put Chesterfield’s nose in front in the 54th minute, with a neat header, following decent work from Craig Westcarr.

Chesterfield, who had beaten Notts County 3-1 in the previous round, had a scare when Ash Taylor’s headed effort from deep inside the penalty area flashed wide of the post.

It was a warning they failed to heed as Tranmere scored twice in two minutes.

On 69 minutes substitute and former Sheffield Wednesday loanee Enoch Showunmi scored a header from close range, followed swiftly by a rising shot from Mustafa Tiryaki from the edge of the area.

Tiryiaki likes playing against the Derbyshire men; he made his Football League debut against them on the first day of this season, starting in Tranmere’s 1–0 victory.

But Spireites recoiled from his latest contribution and with 10 minutes left, Bowery notched his second of an eventful evening, with another header.

And they grabbed the win on 91 minutes when Craig Westcarr nodded the last header of the night.

Chesterfield: Soderberg, Mattis, Downes, Talbot, Smith, Mendy, Johnson, Grounds, Obadeyi, Westcarr, Bowery.

Substitutes: Fleming, Ford, Allott, Whitaker, Clay.

Tranmere; Fon Williams, McChrystal, Taylor, Holmes, Buchanan, Bakayogo, Welsh, Weir, Akins, Tyriaki, McGurk.

Substitutes: Coughlin, Raven, Labadie, Power, Showunmi.

Ref: Geoff Eltringham.

Att: 3,152

*Read Phil Tooley’s assessment of tonight’s cup tie in Thursday’s Star.