September 24 2004
After a rainsoaked journey to the newly renamed Galpharm Stadium, the Spireites battled hard and came away with a well earned point. Both sides had chances to win the game, but it remained deadlocked despite Mark Allotts disallowed effort.
Both teams were on a high after their respective opening day wins, yet neither side could manage a breakthrough and snatch all three points.
In the first half, the Spireites put Huddersfield under pressure, with the majority of play being in the Terriers half. This forced the first corner of the game, on 4 minutes. All the high balls were easily dealt with by Efe Sodje, despite the challenges of Caleb Folan.
The first major breakthrough came when Caleb Folan was played through and managed to evade the challenge of the chasing Sodje. Despite being forced wide, the impressive ex-Leeds man still managed to get a shot in, which agonisingly sneaked the wrong side of the post.
This was promising for the Blues as, a pacy attack, doubled with Muggleton's improved solidarity seemed the basis for a win.
Another chance fell the Spireites way when Alex Bailey played in Mark DeBolla down the right hand side. He crossed powerfully, which meant it was just out of Mark Hudson's reach, however Mark Innes was there to blast home. However, he took the word 'blast' too literally and the ball ended up in row Z!
Huddersfield also had several chances on the break, with ex-Stag Junior Mendes being thwarted by Muggleton several times.
The game was flowing well, despite the referee's obvious intentions to break it up a bit!
Into the second half, and Huddersfield came out with more momentum than the Spireites. They were now doing the pressing as we attempted to break.
Mark DeBolla had to go off on 52 for an injury he picked up, and Tcham N'Toya was introduced to a hero's welcome!!
He almost got straight on the scoresheet, but was crowded out of a scramble from a right wing corner.
Then came the moment a lot of Spireites (and probably the man himself) feared, the introduction of Chrissy 'Judas' Brandon. I think it would be fair to say he didn't receive a welcome as warm as that of N'Toya!
It was a surprise not to see the former Chesterfield and Torquay man score, but yet again, the best chances fell to the Spireites.
The most contraversial moment came as Mark Allott had an 83rd minute shot saved down low and scored left footed from the rebound. The travelling contingent went wild, unbeknown to them, the referee had pulled play back for a handball. There was no appeal from the opposition, and the ref must have x-ray vision to be able to see Allott's arm through his back!
Despite the setback, the Spireites continued to break and Allott was presented with another chance, which was as little as six inches away from crossing the line!
All in all, this was a pleasing, yet frustrating result. Huddersfield is by no means an easy place to go and most teams would settle for a draw. The tough test comes on saturday away to Tranmere. Can we keep our unbeaten record?
Thanks to Seb Barnes for his Legends article on Alan Birch, now on site!!