Notts County 1-1 Chesterfield (National League) 26.03.22
Notts County were held to just a point by local rivals Chesterfield this past Saturday, as the Magpies continue their resurgence within the Vanarama National League Play-Off places.
The first goal-bound opportunity fell to Dion Kelly-Evans. The inform full-back found space on the edge of the Chesterfield penalty area to send a curled effort towards goal. However, the effort was well stopped by former Magpies shot-stopper Scott Loach and tipped behind for a corner.
Paul Cook’s side responded with an effort of their own, an effort which led to the opening goal of the afternoon. Fine wide play from Calvin Miller resulted in the winger threading the ball through to Tom Whelan, who poked the ball back towards the edge of the box where Alex Whittle was on hand to fire home to give his side the early advantage.
The goal was followed by a lacklustre ten minutes, which concluded with Ruben Rodrigues coming close to levelling terms. Nottingham Forest loanee Jayden Richardson beat his man with ease down the right, creating the opportunity for the wing-back to find the Portuguese midfielder. Notts’ number twenty was found with ease and his snapshot was turned wide by Loach, with Kelly-Evans looming.
Just as the first half appeared to be concluding with Cook’s side ahead, the Magpies were awarded a penalty. Ruben Rodrigues was taken out by goal scorer Alex Whittle, leading to the referee having no choice but to point to the spot. Kyle Wootton stepped up for Ian Burchnall’s side and fired low and hard into the bottom right corner to end his drought for eight games without a goal as well as sending his side into the break on level terms.
An eventful first half concluded and a second half that followed the same pattern began shortly after. The first chance of the half fell to Miller again, who jinxed inside of Richardson with complete ease before only managing to fire against the post and wide with Slocombe well-beaten between the sticks.
The Magpies responded with an opportunity of their own and it was Richardson again who found himself heavily involved. More good work out-wide from Kelly-Evans saw the defender supply a wonderful, low cross into the area for Richardson, whose eventual driven effort was blocked behind for a corner by a man in a blue shirt.
Kyle Wootton then came closest to finding a winner and adding his second of the afternoon. Alex Lacey did well to keep a dead ball alive from a corner and his header back across goal left Wootton with a what seemed easy task of heading home. However, the header crashed back off the crossbar and the Spireites cleared to safety.
Joe Quigley had a golden opportunity to win the game for his side deep into second half injury time, but the forward was bravely denied at the death by a retrieving Adam Chicksen, who prevented a shot going goal bound. This chance was followed by the sounding of the referee’s final whistle. The game resulted Notts County 1-1 Chesterfield.
Notts County: Slocombe, Chicksen, Rawlinson, Lacey, Richardson, Kelly-Evans, Palmer, Vincent (Francis 84), Arter (O’Brien 64), Rodrigues, Wootton.
Chesterfield: Loach, Whittle, Grimes (Gunning 50), Maguire, Miller, Weston, King, Mandeville (Quigley 69), Khan, Whelan, Asante.
Venue: Meadow Lane (10,374)
*Article provided by K-Ci Rennicks (Notts County Correspondent).
*Main image @Official_NCFC action at Meadow Lane as the spoils were shared with Chesterfield.