Notts have begun their home campaign of the season in serious style, after winning the first “derby” of the season in style thanks to a Jorge Grant double after the break. Nolan, having substituted Alessandra after the break made an inspiring change to bring on the one and only, Jorge Grant.
After the referee made a odd decision not sending off Chesterfields Ugwu after a violent throat grapple from him, only warranted a yellow card. However, the referee sent off Wiseman after a not so wise tackle just outside the box, in what appeared to be a last man tackle.
The pressure was on in the second half, all but in the final third with Notts failing to capitalise on attempts to score. Then an inspiring substitution from Nolan proved why teams from the Scottish leagues wanted our man, Grant – with a classy cross met with an even classier header into the back of the next; the Chesterfield keeper had no chance saving that one!
Stead also had a clear cut chance to increase the lead, only to be fouled inside the box – placing a tame shot at goal, which should have been in the back of the net, if more power were applied. Had Stead went down, it would have been a certain penalty.
Due to an knock from the celebration, Jon Stead were taken off the pitch. Jonathan Forte was brought on, after such a superb display on Tuesday. Forte, could have, and should have scored at least two goals had his luck been on his side! A selfless performance from Forte shows Notts fans so much promise over the season; many thinking, “Do we really need that pacy striker now?”!
Forte ran through clear on goal, only to be tripped just outside the D – Notts awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box. That man, Jorge Grant, bent it straight over the wall and into the back of the Notts, leaving the Chesterfield goalkeeper with no chance.
Notts County 2 – 0 Chesterfield
Next up: Everton U21s in the EFL Trophy