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First-half report

10 December 2013

Philliskirk on cloud nine, but Latics brought back to earth

Danny Philliskirk scored his ninth goal of the season for Latics in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy, Northern Area Semi-Final against Chesterfield.

Latics' joy was shortlived as the Spireites drew level through a header from Tendayi Darikwa to make it 1-1 at the break.

Latics had a first minute let off when Ollie Banks broke from midfield and his drive flashed just wide of the upright.

Philliskirk (pictured) set up Michael Petrasso who fired into the side netting as Latics create their first clear-cut chance.

James Wesolowski then had a goalbound shot deflected behind for a corner in what was proving a lively opening.

Latics made the all-important breakthrough in the 20th minute through Philliskirk.

David Mellor fired over a low cross from the left and Philliskirk produced a delightful turn before firing low past keeper Tommy Lee from 10 yards.

Chesterfield hit back as Darikwa fired just wide from the right of the box.

And the Spireites were back on level terms in the 28th minute through the dangerous Darikwa.

Drew Talbot fired over a cross from the right and Darikwa's downward header looped over keeper Paul Rachubka.

Latics thought they had won a penalty when Jonson Clarke-Harris went tumbling in the box after appearing to be brought down by Ian Evatt.

Referee Kevin Wright appeared to point for a penalty whereas in fact he was signalling for a goal kick.

Darikwa went close again shooting in the side netting.

Clark-Harris broke away on the left and his fierce shot brought a smart save from Lee.

Chesterfield came close to taking the lead in stoppage time when Liam Cooper headed narrowly wide following a corner.

Half-time: Latics 1, Chesterfield 1.

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