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17 September 2012

Midfielder bags first professional goal

Chris Atkinson made a dream start to life on loan at Chesterfield when he notched a goal within 14 minutes of his debut against Wycombe.

The goal, Chris’ first in professional football, was a crisp volley from inside the 18 yards box as described in the official match report:

“Ex-Port Vale striker Richards had started the game brightly and it was his cross that was superbly volleyed home with aplomb by the onrushing Atkinson to give the Terriers youngster a dream debut.”

Town’s on loan midfielder played 89 minutes of the Spireites 3-1 victory over Wycombe, their first three points of the season.

Chesterfield Caretaker Manager Tommy Wright was delighted with the youngster’s debut:

"I thought young Chris Atkinson had a great debut but I thought he got tired and I knew he would because no matter how many reserve games you play, it is different.”

Also playing in the match was Town’s other on loan star Liam Ridehalgh. The left-back was making his fourth consecutive start in Chesterfield’s back four and they are yet to lose with Ridehalgh in the team. Town’s Academy graduate, now in his second spell with the Spireites, made his first appearance as a late substitute against Rotherham United in August.

The pair will now prepare for two games in quick succession against Accrington at home where they will come up against former Town player Aidan Chippendale and then they travel to Northampton on Saturday.

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