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Underperforming U's And On Form Blues 2-1

By Lauren Walton
September 6 2004

A Saltergate crowd of over 4000 saw the Blues break the voodoo that had been surrounding the meetings of these teams for many seasons. Embarrassing previous score lines seemed to some what flatter Colchester as I’m sure we can all remember the heavy defeats, such as 6-3 and 4-0 in past rendezvous! The Spireites had previously announced the new signing of Jamal Campbell Ryce from Charlton, and looked very impressive during the game. The four at the back saw change, prompting the return from injury of Alan O’Hare, Blatherwick suffering from tonsillitis. Upfront saw the strike partnership of Tcham N’Toya and Mark Debolla. Tcham N’Toya had many chances to seek his first Chesterfield hat-trick but it was not to be as the visitors denied this. Folan who replaced the tiring Debolla was also unlucky not to score from his defiant bursts up field. The Col Utd defence is tatters, finding it difficult to prevent the break through from midfield from N’Toya, Caleb and Campbell Ryce. His pace and ability proving difficult to cope with by the big back four of Colchester.

The visitors nearly took the lead early on from a mix up at the back, Bailey backpassing, Muggleton having to clear aided by the on form Shane Nicholson to hack the ball away to safety. It was not long after for N’Toya to make a big impression on the match as he gifted the home support something to cheer about. Mark Debolla working tirelessly yet again, provided the ball into which N’Toya unleashed a powerful shot, beating the keeper and the Col U defence. There was only one place that, that ball was going and low and behold it found its way into the back of the net. A great start for the Spireites who seem to be proving a lot of people wrong at the moment!

Col U didn’t give up and we didn’t expect them too! They levelled just before half time, due to confusion at the back, the ball seemed to bobble about, the players, unable to help with the direction of the ball, meant that there was legs akimbo and the ball hit into the back of the net. Only the simplest of touches was needed and the worst sort of goals to conceed are those just like this. It was full of half chances to clear away but Chesterfield had probably been riding their luck for too long, missing a great number of chances before this ‘shot’. Chesterfield rattled at this stage were drawing, thanks to a Johnson equaliser and probably didn’t deserve to be only at this moment seen to be taking home a share of the spoils. There was still more to come though second half, which saw the substitution of Mark Debolla for Caleb Folan. Adam Smith replacing Campbell Ryce later on in the game, to provide Chesterfield with a few more attacking options. Definitely an impressive first game for the Spireites.

Chesterfield picked up where they had left off and 10 minutes of the first half had been played when the Spireites began to take control of this game, where only one team was going to win! Up popped Tcham N’Toya again hit the ball home, beating the keeper, Nicholson with the cross. The visitors had a double substitution but it was a case of too little too late! Debolla was replaced by Caleb Folan who looked very lively when he made his impact on the game.

The Spireites held possession well and brought the minutes down, but instead of the typical Chesterfield this wasn’t held in the visitors corner, it was by attacking play against the run of play. We now have pace upfront which makes it hard for the visitors to keep a track on key players, such as N’Toya, Folan and Debolla.

I have to give praise to Carl Muggleton who when he was called on, he saved some vital shots which the visitors pressed, including many corners! N'Toya for me was my man of the match, vital player as the Spireites hope to make the play offs and created many chances apart from the ones that led eventually to his goals. Even when most were tiring,Tcham never gave up and was rewarded with two quality goals, was unlucky to not get his hattrick! Nicholson coming a close second with his quality well timed crosses, which made way for N'Toya to get his second goal. However, good overall team performance and a vital 3 points!!

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