Blues are beaten by ten-man Spireites

Chesterfield v Southend United – Vanarama National League – Technique Stadium – Report

Chesterfield 3-2 Southend United

Careless Southend United slipped to their fourth Vanarama National League defeat of the season against ten-man leaders, Chesterfield at the Technique Stadium.

Blues fell behind midway through the opening period when Jack Clarke found some room before firing past Blues’ keeper, Collin Andeng-Ndi. However, Kevin Maher’s men hit back just after the half-hour mark. Callum Powell provided the finish after Marcus Dackers had flicked on.

But in first-half stoppage-time came a flashpoint. Ollie Banks’ crudely challenged Gus Scott-Morriss but a play was allowed to go on with Dan Mooney struck the bar. However, after consulting an assistant, the referee sent Banks for an early bath, providing the visitors with a numerical advantage.

And the agitated home crowd were stunned further less than a minute after the restart. Dackers, who had joined the Blues on a short-term loan deal from Salford City, provided a crisp finish to give Southend a shock lead, sparking wild scenes of celebration amongst the 274-strong travelling contingent.

But the Blues’ joy was short-lived as the ten men hit back. Joe Quigley beat Andeng-Ndi just after teh hour and six minutes later they forged ahead through Jeff King’s thundering strike.

Blues rallied late on but the defeat left them floundering in fourteenth place.

Southend United return to Vanarama National League action on Saturday, September 17 when Wrexham are the visitors to Roots Hall Stadium (3pm).

Chesterfield: Covolan, Horton (Maguire 84’), Grimes, Mandeville, Clarke (Uchegbulam 68’), Williams, King, Miller (Akinola 60’), Oldaker, Quigley, Banks Subs not used: Cooper, Gyasi

Southend United: Andeng Ndi, Scott-Morriss, Hobson, Kensdale, Mooney, Powell, Clifford (Bridge 77’), Dackers (Hyde 77’), Miley, Fonguck, Lopata (Lomas 57’) Subs not used: Wreh, Demetriou,

Referee: Aaron Jackson

Assistants: Danny Jarvis and Reece Davies

Fourth Official: Elliott Kaye

Attendance: 6,269 (274 from Southend United)

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Brian Jeeves

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