April 27, 2013
Lester signs off in style
Jack Lester ended his playing career with a two-goal farewell as Chesterfield cruised to a 4-0 home win against Exeter.
The 37-year-old striker, who announced his retirement on Friday, marked his 395th and last League game by taking his tally to 149 with a penalty and a typically cool finish with Jay O'Shea and Marc Richards also getting on the scoresheet.
Lester led Chesterfield out but it was O'Shea who sparked the game into life with a spectacular 25-yard shot into the top left corner in the 22nd minute.
Richards headed in a free-kick in the 31st minute before Lester gave the home fans the goal they had come to see when he converted a 34th minute penalty after he was tripped by Jordan Moore-Taylor.
Exeter rarely threatened Chesterfield and they were four down on the hour when Lester was put through to place a right foot shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
Lester made his exit to another standing ovation 15 minutes from the end when he was substituted and Richard O'Donnell denied Exeter a consolation with three smart saves in the closing minutes.
|13 Richard O'Donnell||1 Artur Krysiak|
|5 Neal Trotman||6 Danny Coles|
|31 Liam Cooper||3 Craig Woodman|
|12 Tendayi Darwikwa||37 Jordan Moore-Taylor|
|33 Conor Townsend||11 Arron Davies|
|8 Sam Togwell||23 Aaron Dawson|
|25 Drew Talbot||25 Lawson D'Ath|
|23 Mark Randall||26 Anton Rodgers|
|34 James O'Shea||10 Alan Gow|
|9 Marc Richards||4 Scott Bennett|
|14 Jack Lester||35 Jamie Reid|
|40 Josh Barrington||Rhys Evans 24|
|6 Sam Hird||Myles Anderson 27|
|10 Danny Whitaker||Tommy Doherty 14|
|7 Alex Henshall||Jimmy Keohane 22|
|15 Craig Clay||Jake Gosling 32|
|19 Jacob Hazell||John O'Flynn 19|
|21 Armand Gnanduillet||Elliott Chamberlain 31|
|Danny Whitaker for James O'Shea (65)||Elliott Chamberlain for Jamie Reid (54)|
|Armand Gnanduillet for Marc Richards (71)||Myles Anderson for Craig Woodman (62)|
|Alex Henshall for Jack Lester (75)||Jake Gosling for Anton Rodgers (68)|
|· Squads: Chesterfield | Exeter City|