• Dec O'Reilly

Report - Wealdstone 3 - 2 Chesterfield



A Moses Emmanuel double and a Jacob Mendy rocket gave Wealdstone their second win of the National League season against Chesterfield.


Tom Denton scored one goal either side of half-time but the Stones were able to hold on for all three points at The Vale on Tuesday night.


Wealdstone Manager Dean Brennan made two changes from the side that defeated Wrexham last Saturday, as full debutant Jack Cawley and Emmanuel come in to replace the injured Michael Phillips and Ross Lafayette.


It was the worst possible start for the Stones when Harry Isted lost out to Nathan Tyson in the air and Chesterfield were awarded a penalty inside two minutes, which Denton smashed low into the bottom corner.


Chesterfield started with great pace and Luke Rawson was in-behind bearing down on goal before Isted got low and stopped Rawson from a chance at an open goal.


Emmanuel bought the Stones level when Dennon Lewis’ cross gave the frontman a free header which flew into the top corner in the 13th minute.


One became two for Emmanuel just two minutes later, Lewis again found him from the left-hand side and Emmanuel caressed the ball into the bottom corner.


Lewis’ confidence was high and chose to cut inside from the left channel and take a shot at goal, but his effort was parried away by Kyle Letheran.


The Stones were firmly in the driving seat after taking the lead as Alex Dyer’s effort cannoned off the crossbar before the half-time interval.


Chesterfield were improved at the start of the second half but lacked any creativity or significant goal-scoring opportunities.


Kundai Benyu had a great chance to score his first goal for Wealdstone with a free-kick 10 minutes after the break, he curled the effort from 25 yards just wide of the top corner.


The visitors had a goal ruled out for handball after Curtis Weston slotted the ball into the net before Emmanuel headed just over the bar from a Stones corner before he was substituted.


Mendy then produced an absolute rocket, similar to his strike against Wrexham last Saturday, got the ball onto his left foot and riffled it into the top corner.


Chesterfield halved the deficit a minute later when Denton headed into the Stones net but the hosts held on for another impressive victory against full-time opposition.


Report by Dec O’Reilly


Wealdstone: Isted, Efete, Okimo, Cawley, Mendy, C. Smith, Dyer (Slew, 87), Benyu, Wakefield (Green, 61), Lewis, Emmanuel (Lafayette, 76).


Subs not used: Gafaiti, Parish.


Chesterfield: Letheran, Ty. Denton, Sharman (Yarney, 36), Evans, Hollis, Cropper, J. Smith, Weston, Mandeville (Boden, 84), To. Denton, Tyson (Rawson, 7).

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