Chesterfield win seven goal thriller

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CHESTERFIELD fans revelled in a pulsating 4-3 win over Accrington Stanley tonight.

Jack Lester had given Chesterfield a dream start.

He exploited a defensive mistake to prod the ball over former Liverpool goalie Ian Dunbavin, on eight minutes.

Then striker Marc Richards headed home from deep inside the penalty area, three minutes later.

Chesterfield had gone into tonight’s match on the back of last Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Wycombe - their first League Two victory of the season.

Visitors Accrington pulled off a 1-1 draw at Dagenham last time out, but generally their form has been patchy since the opening day of the campaign.

Yet they managed to half the deficit on 28 minutes at the Proact Stadium, Rommy Boco headed in a cross from the right flank with a header from inside the six-yard box into the bottom corner for 2-1.

Stanley had plenty of possession, but went in at half time a goal adrift.

Doncaster-born midfielder Danny Schofield, on loan from Rotherham United, looked the player most likely to find an equaliser for the visitors.

Eventually, it came, but from defender Peter Murphy who connected with a cross from Padraig Amond just before the hour mark.

Richard O’Donnell was the busier of the two keepers.

Yet it was the home side that got the fifth goal of the evening; substitute Tendayi Darikwa’s cross falling to Lester, who nabbed his second.

Would that be the end of it?

No, there was much more to come.

Bocco found time to turn and and fire the ball low into the corner for 3-3 on 76 minutes.

The drama continued when Stanley’s Michael Liddle was red carded for a nasty tackle on Lester.

It was a costly mistake as Lester then set up defender Terrell Forbes to calmly convert.

What a cracker....


Chesterfield: O’Donnell, Forbes, Trotman, Hird, Ridehalgh, Talbot, Atkinson, Togwell, Westcarr, Lester, Richards. Subs: Wilson, Allott, Darikwa, Clay, Boden, Hazel, Randall

Accrington: Dunbavin, Lindfield, Liddle, Murphy, Nsiala, Joyce, Schofield, Barnett, Molyneux, Boco, Amond. Subs: Dawber, Eckersley, Dixon, Mingoia, Whichelow, Hatfield, Sheppard.

Ref Craig Pawson

* Read Phil Tooley’s assessment in Wednesday’s Star.