Dale and Spireites share spoils

Date published: Saturday 17th August 2013 6:35

The visitors, boasting two wins from their opening two league games, started brightly, Gary Roberts testing Josh Lillis with an early drive towards the near post before teeing up Marc Richards for the opening goal in the 20th minute.

The striker got ahead of his marker to meet Roberts’ cross and nod a header home from 10 yards.

The home side levelled in dramatic fashion on the half-hour. Referee Andy Haines awarded a spot-kick when Michael Rose was brought down by Sam Morsy but George Donnelly’s effort struck a post and rebounded out of the area.

However, Dale worked the ball back into the box where Scott Hogan was brought down by keeper Tommy Lee and referee Haines awarded a second penalty. This time Andrew Tutte stepped forward and converted.

Though Richards saw a shot saved by Lillis before the break, it was Rochdale who finished the half the strongest and Peter Vincenti tested Lee with a fierce drive before sending a looping header against the crossbar.

The hosts then started the second half in the ascendency, Hogan beating Drew Talbot and slotting home his second goal of the campaign after 51 minutes.

The Spireites then made it 2-2 after 65 minutes when Jimmy Ryan lofted a pass over the Dale defence for Roberts to coolly lift the ball over the advancing Lillis.

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Dale and Spireites share spoils

Date published: Saturday 17th August 2013 6:35

The visitors, boasting two wins from their opening two league games, started brightly, Gary Roberts testing Josh Lillis with an early drive towards the near post before teeing up Marc Richards for the opening goal in the 20th minute.

The striker got ahead of his marker to meet Roberts’ cross and nod a header home from 10 yards.

The home side levelled in dramatic fashion on the half-hour. Referee Andy Haines awarded a spot-kick when Michael Rose was brought down by Sam Morsy but George Donnelly’s effort struck a post and rebounded out of the area.

However, Dale worked the ball back into the box where Scott Hogan was brought down by keeper Tommy Lee and referee Haines awarded a second penalty. This time Andrew Tutte stepped forward and converted.

Though Richards saw a shot saved by Lillis before the break, it was Rochdale who finished the half the strongest and Peter Vincenti tested Lee with a fierce drive before sending a looping header against the crossbar.

The hosts then started the second half in the ascendency, Hogan beating Drew Talbot and slotting home his second goal of the campaign after 51 minutes.

The Spireites then made it 2-2 after 65 minutes when Jimmy Ryan lofted a pass over the Dale defence for Roberts to coolly lift the ball over the advancing Lillis.

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Dale and Spireites share spoils

Date published: Tuesday 25th October 2011 10:26

John Sheridan’s side looked to the heading for victory after Craig Westcarr had fired them ahead in the first half, but the Spireites were pegged back by Gary Jones’ 74th-minute equaliser.

Chesterfield were good value for their 1-0 lead at the break, Westcarr’s drilled shot from the edge of the area deflected past Dale goalkeeper David Lucas by Neal Trotman.

But for Lucas’ point-blank save from Leon Clarke at the end of the opening period, the home support’s booing as the teams left the field at half-time might well have been louder.

The mood around Spotland would undoubtedly have been brighter had Jean Louis Akpa Akpro taken the hosts’ best chance of the half after 14 minutes. Andrew Tutte’s slide-rule pass split the Chesterfield backline, sending the striker clear, but the Frenchman was unable to match the quality of Tutte’s creativity with his finish, blasting an effort wildly into the side netting.

Danny Whittaker set up Clarke for another gilt-edged chance minutes into the second half, but he lifted his shot over Lucas and the crossbar before Jones latched on to Reece Gray’s pass and shot past Greg Fleming.

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