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Replay round-up


So Blyth Spartans roll on in the F.A. Cup.

After dismissing Shrewsbury Town in the first round, they have squeezed past Bournemouth in the second. It took a replay, and a last minute goal, but now they are rewarded with a home tie against Blackburn Rovers, and who would bet against them causing the struggling Premier League side trouble?

The winner came from substitute Ged Dalton, who amazingly does not even train with the Spartans! But the game-changing moment was Brett Pitman’s straight red halfway through the second period. Either way, it’s the non-league side that are through to the third round.

And Chesterfield were frustrated again at Blue Square North side Droylsden. The Spireites were 2-0 up thanks to goals from Jack Lester and Darren Currie, but the game was sensationally abadoned for the second time, due to floodlight failure. And struggling manager Lee Richardson was, shall we say, less than impressed.

So the results leaves just three League 2 sides left in the competition. Chesterfield obviously still have a second round tie to get past, but Gillingham face Premier League side Aston Villa at home, while Macclesfield also face a team from the top-flight in Everton.


F.A. Cup Second Round

More misery for League 2 this weekend. In fact, the only League 2 club to make it through, were playing against a team from the same division!

Macclesfield beat Port Vale 3-1, with 2 goals from Francis Green handing them a home-tie against Premier League Everton in the Third Round draw.

Notts County face a replay, after being held by Kettering, as do Bournemouth, who were frustrated by Blyth Spartans. Bradford lost at home to League 1 Leyton Orient 2-1, and Dag & Red put up a good fight away to high-flying Leicester City, going down 3-2 in the end.

But the big story was our very own ‘invincibles’. Can’t lose in League 1, but put them on a sloped pitch against a team three divisions below them and they lose! Eastwood Town humbled the mighty Wycombe 2-0, and sent themselves through to the Third Round.

Forest Green beat Rochdale 2-0, to send another League 2 club on form out of the competition. And Brentford who comfortably sit in the top-half of League 2 were beaten by Conference strugglers Barrow.

F.A. Cup Second Round Results:

Friday Nov 28:

Barrow 2-1 Brentford
Port Vale 1-3 Macclesfield

Saturday Nov 29:

Bournemouth 0-0 Blyth Spartans
Bradford 1-2 Leyton Orient
Eastwood Town 2-0 Wycombe
Fleetwood Town 2-3 Hartlepool
Forest Green 2-0 Rochdale
Gillingham 0-0 Stockport
Grays Athletic 0-2 Carlisle
Kidderminster 2-0 Curzon Ashton
Leicester 3-2 Dag & Red
Millwall 3-0 Aldershot
Peterborough 0-0 Tranmere
Scunthorpe 4-0 Alfreton Town
Southend 3-1 Luton
Torquay 2-0 Oxford Utd

Sunday Nov 30:

Histon 1-0 Leeds
Notts County 1-1 Kettering

Friday Night Lights

Chesterfield v Shrewsbury ko. 7.30 – Preview by Demetri Loizou

A recently revived Spireites side host Shrewsbury Town in their first of three Friday night home league games this year. Chesterfield are currently on a five-match unbeaten run and will need to be on the top of their game to extend that to six. Whilst morale is high, they still sit in an average 12th position and manager Lee Richardson and everybody at the club will be desperate to push on into the play-offs.

Chesterfield’s recent results Competition
Chesterfield 5-1 Aldershot Town L2
Chesterfield 3-1 Notts County L2
Exeter City 1-6 Chesterfield L2
Bournemouth 1-1 Chesterfield L2
Chesterfield 3-1 Mansfield Town FAC1


Shrewsbury Town take up the second play-off position in the league and a win here would see them go top, even if just for a few hours. After suffering an embarrassing defeat to Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup, manager Paul Simpson will be determined to get his team back on track.

Shrewsbury Town’s recent results Competition
Brentford 1-1 Shrewsbury Town L2
Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Barnet L2
Shrewsbury Town 3-0 Luton Town L2
Shrewsbury Town 5-0 Dag & Red JPT
Blyth Spartans 3-1 Shrewsbury Town FAC1


Chesterfield top the League Two form table on a five-match unbeaten run and include Jamie Ward, the October Player of the month.

Team Form Points from 15
1. CFC – WWWDW 13
11. STFC – DDWWL 8


Top Scorers Amount
G Holt – STFC 14
J Ward – CFC 11
B Davies – STFC 9
J Lester – CFC 7


Expected Chesterfield line-up, 4-4-2:

Carson, Gray, Austin, Page, Downes, Lowry, Goodall, Kerry, Winter, Lester, Ward.

Expected Shrewsbury Town line-up, 4-4-2:

Garner, Herd, Coughlan, Jackson, Tierney, Murray, McIntyre, Cansdell-Sheriff, Humphrey, Holt, Walker.

The Shrews’ top scorer in the league is Ben Davies, who is unfortunately missing after a hernia operation. A lot is at stake for both sides, and with the ridiculous kick-off time at 7:30, let’s hope there are no goals in the first fifteen minutes!

Last season’s results:
13/10/07 – STFC 2-3 CFC
5/4/08 – CFC 4-1 STFC