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VIDEO: Chesterfield defender saves 99th min pen in thrilling but marred clash with Ebbsfleet

You could call Chesterfield defender Will Evans a hero after he not only scored, but saved a penalty in the ninth minute of injury time to prevent Ebbsfleet United from winning 4-3 this afternoon.

In the 97th minute, goalkeeper Callum Burton received a red card for a punch in the box, meaning the managerless (for now) Spireites had no choice but to put their centre-back in goal.

With the struggling times Chesterfield are going through at the minute, you could say it wouldn’t have been a surprise if they went and messed up their stunning comeback in the second half by conceding the goal. But up stepped Ebbsfleet’s Michael Cheek who had his effort saved by the makeshift keeper.

Leicester City and England footballer Harry Maguire (who has a brother, Lawrence Maguire, play for the Spireites) commenting on the comeback…

Moments before then, which saw Will Evans make it 3-3 from 3-0 down, there were ugly scenes in the stands which broke out onto the pitch.

The Fleet keeper Nathan Ashmore, who in November jumped into a stand of Boreham Wood supporters to confront a fan that had been abusing him, was caught up in another incident at the Proact Stadium.

Home fans jumped the advertising boards to celebrate it going 3-3 with KentOnline stating that ‘one aimed a kick at Ashmore as he lay prone’.

Check out the video of that moment below…

😬😬 chesterfield fans at the end
One clearly punches him in the face whilst still on the floor. Around 100 Fans on the…

Posted by Nathan Holt-Youtube on Saturday, January 5, 2019

 

Chesterfield released this statement: “Incidents which occurred towards the end of today’s game against Ebbsfleet United are not acceptable to Chesterfield Football Club and the club condemns the conduct of a minority of supporters.

“The club will fully co-operate with Derbyshire Police and the FA investigation which is now underway. The implications for the club are very serious and an appeal is made to supporters to not engage in matters of pitch encroachment at any time. There have also been a number of serious allegations relating to racial abuse and physical contact involving opposition players.

“The club intends to deal with these matters strongly and as and when individuals are identified, banning orders will be issued. We would urge anyone with information about the incidents to contact the club. All communication will be dealt with on a confidential basis.”

 

Football fans took to social media to given their reaction on the late winner as well as pitch invasion and reported trouble – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.

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