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Reserves: Chesterfield 2-2 Notts

5 January 2016

Notts County’s reserves drew 2-2 with Chesterfield’s second-string at the ProAct Stadium.

The Spireites led through Byron Harrison, but Jimmy Spencer equalised before Kyle De Silva struck in the last minute to seemingly give the Magpies victory.

But Harrison had other ideas and levelled in stoppage time, curling into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area to secure a draw for the hosts.

Interim first-team manager Richard Dryden was in the dugout as normal with an opportunity for the players who started to give him food for thought ahead of the first team’s trip to Accrington Stanley at the weekend.

Notts came close to opening the scoring inside five minutes as Genaro Snijders scampered down the left and crossed for Spencer, who saw his shot deflect off a defender and onto the post. Colby Bishop headed narrowly wide from Julian Jenner’s free-kick on the right wing a minute later.

Gill Swerts fouled Mani Dieseruvwe a couple of yards outside the area, giving the striker a chance for a shot on Scott Loach’s goal but he put the effort straight at the goalkeeper. Dieseruvwe then flicked a header over the bar from Tom Marshall’s cross as the sides continued to trade chances in the early going.

Snijders won a free-kick 20 yards out which led to a booking for Chesterfield captain Laurence Maguire but Filip Valencic curled the set-piece wide of Aaron Chapman’s right-hand post.

Bishop twisted and turned inside the area before laying off to Swerts, who saw his side-footer turned over the top by Chapman.

Harrison, who scored against Notts in the previous reserve game between the sides, should have bagged another but headed over the bar from four yards out from Jake Beesley’s wicked cross.

The hosts made their pressure count and opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark.

Jenner was robbed of possession on the edge of the Notts area by Nana Yiadom and, after the referee didn’t give a foul, the attacker forced Loach into a superb save. However the ball fell straight to Harrison, who slammed in to an open net from 12 yards.

It would have been 2-0 were it not for Loach, who did brilliantly to deny Yiadom with his feet after the winger was played in on goal by a delightful through ball from Beesley.

Swerts crossed to the back post where Snijders acrobatically volleyed over the bar early in the second half.

Loach came to Notts' rescue again as Dieseruvwe robbed Thierry Audel of possession and raced towards goal only to see the goalkeeper divert the shot past the post.

But the Magpies rallied and levelled the game up as Rhys Sharpe’s cross went to the back post where Spencer was on hand to head into the roof of the net from a couple of yards out.

Loach produced a great one-handed save to palm Marshall's curling effort around the post as the game entered the final 10 minutes with both sides looking for a winning goal.

It looked as though Notts had found one as Kyle De Silva chipped the ball over the head of the defender on the edge of the area and met the ball as it came down to prod past Chapman with 30 seconds left on the clock.

But Chesterfield broke with the last attack of the game as Harrison raced onto a long ball forward, cut inside onto his left foot and curled beyond Loach into the bottom corner.

Notts: Loach; Wildin, Sprockel, Audel, Sharpe; Snijders (De Silva, 60), Valencic, Swerts, Jenner; Bishop, Spencer.

Subs not used: Pilkington, Searson-Smithard, Smith, Sarpong.

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