Conor Townsend scored his first goal for Chesterfield before being sent off as the Spireites drew with Morecambe.

Despite starting strongly, the hosts fell behind when Shrimps defender Chris McCready headed home.

However Townsend, on loan from Hull, sent home a fine free-kick to level for the home side, only to see a straight red on the hour for an alleged elbow.

Chesterfield continued to press, and could have grabbed a late winner when Danny Whitaker's shot crept just wide.

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Chesterfield coach Mark Crossley told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought the lads kept going. We were disappointed we didn't win the game with it being at home.

"But credit has to go to Morecambe a little bit as well, they came here and played a similar system to us.

"Today was a story of two goalkeepers, I thought Barry Roche was excellent in goal for Morecambe and Tommy Lee's save at the end [was key].

"On reflection of the game, it was probably a fair result."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 03 Smith
  • 06 Hird
  • 25 Talbot (Boa Morte - 82' )
  • 31 Cooper
  • 08 Togwell
  • 10 Whitaker
  • 12 Darwikwa
  • 33 Townsend Dismissed
  • 38 Dickenson (Boden - 46' )
  • 34 O'Shea Booked (Clay - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 13 O'Donnell
  • 05 Trotman
  • 15 Clay
  • 23 Randall
  • 09 Richards
  • 18 Boden
  • 37 Boa Morte

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 06 Haining
  • 08 Wright
  • 15 McCready
  • 22 Parrish
  • 16 Drummond
  • 18 McDonald
  • 19 McGee (Reid - 73' )
  • 09 Alessandra
  • 10 Brodie (Parkinson - 87' )
  • 11 Ellison (Burrow - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Arestidou
  • 02 Fenton
  • 03 Threlfall
  • 12 Parkinson
  • 23 Doyle
  • 07 Reid
  • 14 Burrow
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 6,358

Match Stats

Shots

12 14

On target

6 7

Corners

8 3

Fouls

6 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:43 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:35

Lewis Alessandra produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

90:00 +1:48

Izak Reid is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:41

Jordan Burrow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Cooper. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

88:21

Lewis Alessandra takes a shot. Save by Barry Roche. Corner taken by Izak Reid from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Nathan Smith. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

87:21

Foul by Christopher McCready on Scott Boden, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Danny Whitaker, clearance by Will Haining.

86:20 Substitution

Substitution Richard Brodie leaves the field to be replaced by Dan Parkinson.

85:58

Danny Whitaker produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

84:01

Centre by Andrew Parrish, Jordan Burrow takes a shot. Save made by Tommy Lee.

83:23

Stewart Drummond takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

81:17 Substitution

Substitution (Chesterfield) makes a substitution, with Luis Boa Morte coming on for Drew Talbot.

79:42

Drew Talbot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary McDonald. Andrew Wright takes the free kick.

78:41

Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

78:41 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Burrow is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Ellison.

78:41

Unfair challenge on Drew Talbot by Kevin Ellison results in a free kick.

77:12

Will Haining concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Whitaker. Sam Togwell takes the free kick.

74:28

Will Haining gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Togwell. Sam Hird restarts play with the free kick.

72:26 Substitution

Substitution Izak Reid on for Joe McGee.

69:38

Sam Togwell has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

68:31 Substitution

Substitution Craig Clay is brought on as a substitute for James O'Shea.

67:09

The ball is delivered by Will Haining, Lewis Alessandra takes a shot. Tommy Lee makes a save.

67:09 Booking

Booking James O'Shea booked for unsporting behaviour.

66:53

James O'Shea challenges Andrew Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick.

63:24

Direct free kick taken by Andrew Wright.

63:24 Dismissal

Dismissal Conor Townsend shown a red card.

63:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Haining by Conor Townsend.

61:03

Foul by Conor Townsend on Stewart Drummond, free kick awarded. Stewart Drummond takes the free kick.

60:07

The official flags Lewis Alessandra offside. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

58:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stewart Drummond on James O'Shea. Sam Hird takes the direct free kick.

58:04

Nathan Smith takes a shot. Save by Barry Roche.

54:09

Danny Whitaker has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

53:48

Joe McGee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Conor Townsend. Conor Townsend takes the direct free kick.

52:24

Effort from outside the area by James O'Shea goes wide right of the goal.

50:52

Joe McGee produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

50:21

The referee blows for offside. Barry Roche takes the indirect free kick.

47:14

The official flags Tendayi Darikwa offside. Will Haining takes the free kick.

46:45

Lewis Alessandra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

46:15

The official flags Tendayi Darikwa offside. Free kick taken by Barry Roche.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Chesterfield) makes a substitution, with Scott Boden coming on for Brennan Dickenson.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:30

Joe McGee produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

43:32

The referee blows for offside against Kevin Ellison. Tommy Lee takes the indirect free kick.

42:21

The ball is swung over by Danny Whitaker, Sam Hird takes a shot. Save by Barry Roche. Inswinging corner taken by Conor Townsend from the right by-line played to the near post, Sam Hird takes a shot. Save made by Barry Roche.

41:41

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Conor Townsend, clearance by Stewart Drummond. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Danny Whitaker.

39:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Conor Townsend - Chesterfld 1 - 1 Morecambe Conor Townsend hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chesterfield 1-1 Morecambe.

37:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James O'Shea by Will Haining.

36:52

Richard Brodie takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tommy Lee.

34:25

Shot from 12 yards from Christopher McCready. Barry Roche makes a save.

31:46

Foul by Kevin Ellison on Nathan Smith, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by Conor Townsend, Headed effort from inside the box by Liam Cooper misses to the right of the target.

28:54

Assist by Andrew Wright.

28:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Christopher McCready - Chesterfld 0 - 1 Morecambe Christopher McCready finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Chesterfield 0-1 Morecambe.

27:41

Inswinging corner taken by Lewis Alessandra from the left by-line, Andrew Wright takes a shot.

26:02

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Whitaker from the left by-line.

25:03

Foul by Stewart Drummond on Sam Togwell, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Conor Townsend, Andrew Wright makes a clearance.

23:31

Lewis Alessandra challenges Conor Townsend unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Conor Townsend, Andrew Parrish manages to make a clearance.

20:08

Unfair challenge on Andrew Parrish by Conor Townsend results in a free kick. Lewis Alessandra delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line, Sam Togwell makes a clearance.

18:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe McGee on Nathan Smith. Liam Cooper takes the free kick.

16:37

Danny Whitaker takes a shot. Save by Barry Roche. Short corner taken by Danny Whitaker from the left by-line.

12:53

Drew Talbot crosses the ball, Barry Roche makes a save.

10:48

Richard Brodie produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.

9:22

The offside flag is raised against James O'Shea. Will Haining takes the indirect free kick.

6:54

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Whitaker from the left by-line, Liam Cooper takes a shot. Save made by Barry Roche. Corner taken left-footed by Conor Townsend to the near post, clearance made by Will Haining. Corner taken left-footed by Conor Townsend from the right by-line to the near post, Drew Talbot takes a shot.

5:11

Shot from just outside the box by Andrew Wright misses to the right of the target. Corner taken right-footed by Lewis Alessandra from the left by-line, Sam Hird manages to make a clearance.

3:52

The ball is crossed by Kevin Ellison, Close range headed effort by Richard Brodie misses to the right of the goal.

1:04

Foul by Conor Townsend on Andrew Parrish, free kick awarded. Stewart Drummond takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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