Last-gasp goal sees Chesterfield beaten by Altrincham
Chesterfield's tough start to the season continued as an 89th minute winner saw them beaten 3-2 at Altrincham on Tuesday night.
Tom Denton saw an early header saved as Spireites began well, but they would get the opener just 14 minutes in.
Jordan Cropper saw his shot blocked, but Jonathan Smith was on hand to head the ball across to Scott Boden who headed home his second goal in four days.
Smith nearly doubled the lead on 23 minutes but saw his low shot go just past the post, before seven minutes later the hosts got level with their first real opening.
Some hesitancy in the Chesterfield defence allowed Matty Kosylo to send Fisayo Adarbioyo in on goal and he finished well past debutant keeper Corey Addai.
Spireites came very close to re-taking the lead on 36 minutes when Cropper’s cross found Denton but his header was cleared off the line by Billy Sass-Davies, who then headed a corner wide at the other end before the half came to a close.
Smith saw an early second-half effort saved as Chesterfield began on the front foot, Cropper then seeing an effort deflected onto the crossbar.
But it was Altrincham who went in front for the first time just after the hour mark, Josh Hancock netting from the penalty spot.
However, Chesterfield’s response was instant as Cropper got his goal, firing home from the edge of the penalty area on 64 minutes.
That invigorated the visitors again and Denton then saw a header saved superbly by keeper Tony Thompson following Cropper’s cross.
On 75 minutes, the ball somehow stayed out as first Milan Butterfield’s shot was parried by Thompson who then stopped Boden’s follow up, Denton then putting the rebound over the bar from close range.
Chesterfield would pay for not taking their chances, as Altrincham snatched the winner on 89 minutes, Hancock sent through on goal to finish well for his second of the night.
And that would be enough to seal the points for Altrincham and see Chesterfield’s season to continue its stuttering start.