Football League Trophy - Northern Area Final - 1st Leg
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Fleetwood Town 1-3 Chesterfield

Chesterfield took control of their Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final with a 3-1 first-leg win at fellow League Two club Fleetwood.

Ian Evatt poked in Gary Roberts' free-kick from close range and Sam Morsy quickly doubled Chesterfield's lead with a shot from the edge of the box.

David Ball's header before half-time reduced the deficit.

But Jimmy Ryan struck from 25 yards to give Chesterfield, a commanding lead in the tie.

Fleetwood, with a strong wind at their backs in the first half, had the better of the opening exchanges.

Alan Goodall's early header was ruled out for offside, before visiting centre-back Liam Cooper produced a heroic block to deny Ball.

Chesterfield's opener came against the run of play, with Spireites captain Evatt scoring for the first time since April 2012.

It was soon 2-0 to the League Two leaders when some hesitant Fleetwood defending let in Ollie Banks and, although goalkeeper Scott Davies kept out his close-range effort, midfielder Morsy fired in the rebound for his second goal in two matches.

The misery continued for Fleetwood as the hosts had another goal disallowed before the break - the officials ruling that veteran striker Jon Parkin had been in an offside position as Mark Roberts' hooked attempt trickled over the line.

However, Ball's header from Parkin's flick-on gave Fleetwood hope.

A quiet second period was brought to life by Ryan, who controlled neatly before firing in a powerful half-volley past the helpless Davies.

A Gareth Evans shot, well saved by Tommy Lee, was the closest Fleetwood came to salvaging something from a disappointing night.

With a two-goal advantage to take into the second leg in a fortnight's time, Paul Cook's side will be strong favourites to progress to the final at Wembley on 30 March.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOMS

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

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Post-match: Fleetwood boss Alexander

"They've scored two goals in four minutes from nothing - one free-kick that wasn't a free-kick and a straight ball up the pitch that we haven't dealt with.

"The response from the players was fantastic, and then in the second half their lad has scored a wonder goal, but it's from another throw-in that we've given away.

"If you take the goals out of it, we haven't done much wrong, but I've been in the game a long time and goals are what the game is about.

"I still don't think the tie's over. We could have been 2-0 up by the time they scored their first goal. We know we're more than a match for Chesterfield."

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 1Davies
  • 15McLaughlin
  • 20TaylorBooked at 4mins
  • 13Goodall
  • 5Roberts
  • 6Pond
  • 4MurdochSubstituted forEvansat 75'minutes
  • 18Sarcevic
  • 9ParkinBooked at 40mins
  • 23BallSubstituted forMandronat 68'minutes
  • 12Brown

Substitutes

  • 7Evans
  • 8Schumacher
  • 14Hogan
  • 28Maxwell
  • 34Mandron

Chesterfield

  • 1LeeBooked at 90mins
  • 7Darikwa
  • 15Humphreys
  • 12RyanSubstituted forHirdat 85'minutes
  • 23Evatt
  • 6Cooper
  • 26GardnerSubstituted forTalbotat 53'minutes
  • 5MorsyBooked at 83mins
  • 17DoyleSubstituted forRichardsat 77'minutes
  • 2Banks
  • 11Roberts

Substitutes

  • 4Hird
  • 9Richards
  • 10O'Shea
  • 25Talbot
  • 35Dunbavin
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
3,508

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away12