Torquay made it 3 wins out of 4 at the start of this strange season with (another) last minute winner to beat Chesterfield 2-1 at Plainmoor on Tuesday evening. It was a deserved three points after a strong second half display, culminating in Asa Hall’s 94th minute nodded winner in front of the Family Stand*.
There was one change to the starting eleven from Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Bromley. Dean Moxey came into the side for his eagerly anticipated debut after serving a three-match ban from his time up the road. Jake Andrews dropped to the bench, where Asa Hall also returned to the match day squad.
After a flurry of early free kicks, United took the lead in the 9th minute. Danny Wright intercepted the ball on half way and Adam Randell fed Ben Whitfield on the left. His cross was dropped by goalkeeper Dean Letheren, and after flicking Aaron Nemane’s head, Louis Britton reacted quickest to stab the ball in from three yards out. The perfect start.
Chesterfield are a physical side with big Tom Denton up front, and Sam Sherring had to be alert to block a goal bound volley shortly afterwards. Denton then headed a long cross onto the outside of Lucas Covolan’s left hand post. Ben Whitfield was lively, and came close with a couple of snapshots. Three free kicks in good areas around the edge of the Chesterfield box were also wasted.
Two minutes before the break, Chesterfield equalised. Connor Lemonheigh-Evans reacted slowly to a loose ball on the edge of the area and shoved Liam Mandeville. It was very close to being in the box. Mandeville’s free kick was well saved by Covolan but was pushed out not away, and Denton reacted quickest to poke home from six yards. An even first half ended level.
The Yellows came out after the break and dominated the second half. There was a lot of goal mouth action in the Chesterfield half. Cameron headed wide from a corner, Whitfield fizzed a drive just wide, Moxey couldn’t quite redirect a Randell flick on from another corner, and Sam Sherring had a header from a third corner cleared off the line. United were pressing hard, but a serious of changes disrupted the flow of the game. One of them saw the introduction of Asa Hall in the 81st minute, and it was he that would have the decisive moment.
Following a foul on Whitfield, fellow sub Jake Andrews drifted a free kick in that was cleared for United’s 6th corner of the second half in the 94th minute. Andrews played the ball into the box and Hall got in front of his man to nod a header beyond the despairing dive of a defender on the line to kiss the right-hand post and go into the net.
This being Torquay, there was still time for one heart stopping moment. Chesterfield shot straight from the kick off, and Covolan had to back track and push the ball up and onto the crossbar and back out. The final whistle sealed three more lovely points.