December 29, 2012
Mixed fortunes for Townsend as spoils are shared
Conor Townsend scored his first league goal before he was sent off as Chesterfield were held to a 1-1 draw by Morecambe at the Proact Stadium.
Townsend cancelled out Chris McCready's opener with a superb free-kick but saw red early in the second half for an elbow.
Former Chesterfield goalkeeper Barry Roche brilliantly turned over a Liam Cooper header in the eighth minute before Drew Talbot headed against the crossbar from the resulting corner.
Roche then dived to his right to turn away a Danny Whitaker drive in the 17th minute, with Morecambe going ahead against the run of play when McCready's header was ruled to have crossed the line despite a superb reaction save from Tommy Lee.
Chesterfield deservedly equalised in the 40th minute when Townsend sent a 20-yard set-piece over the wall and inside Roche's left-hand post.
But his afternoon turned sour around the hour mark when he was sent off for what referee Carl Berry saw as an elbow on Will Haining.
The home side continued to dominate and Whitaker shot just wide in the 87th minute although it needed a fingertip save from Lee to deny Lewis Alessandra two minutes later.
|1 Tommy Lee||1 Barry Roche|
|25 Drew Talbot||15 Chris McCready|
|6 Sam Hird||6 Will Haining|
|3 Nathan Smith||22 Andy Parrish|
|31 Liam Cooper||8 Andrew Wright|
|10 Danny Whitaker||18 Gary McDonald|
|8 Sam Togwell||16 Stuart Drummond|
|12 Tendayi Darwikwa||19 Joe McGee|
|33 Conor Townsend||11 Kevin Ellison|
|38 Brennan Dickenson||10 Richard Brodie|
|34 James O'Shea||9 Lewis Alessandra|
|13 Richard O'Donnell||Andres Arestidou 25|
|5 Neal Trotman||Nick Fenton 2|
|23 Mark Randall||Robbie Threlfall 3|
|15 Craig Clay||Dan Parkinson 12|
|9 Marc Richards||Chris Doyle 23|
|37 Luis Boa Morte||Izak Reid 7|
|18 Scott Boden||Jordan Burrow 14|
|Scott Boden for Brennan Dickenson (46)||Izak Reid for Joe McGee (73)|
|Craig Clay for James O'Shea (69)||Jordan Burrow for Kevin Ellison (79)|
|Luis Boa Morte for Drew Talbot (82)||Dan Parkinson for Richard Brodie (87)|
|James O'Shea (68)|
|Conor Townsend (64)|
|· Squads: Chesterfield | Morecambe|