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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 4,004) 14th April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Haywood

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Chesterfield Chesterfld

Hartlepool 1

G Liddle (37)

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Chesterfld 2

D Whitaker (59)
J Bowery (69)

Bowery keeps Spireites fighting

Last Updated: 14/04/12 7:11pm

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Bowery: Match-winning goal

Bowery: Match-winning goal

Chesterfield's Jordan Bowery threw his side a relegation lifeline as his second-half header clinched a 2-1 win at Hartlepool.

The Spireites could have gone down and looked set for the drop when they trailed to Gary Liddle's 37th-minute opener for Pools, but a second-half turnaround has given John Sheridan's side a glimmer of hope - seven points from safety with nine to play for.

Pools had not scored in almost five full games at Victoria Park, but Liddle broke their duck when he turned home Ryan Noble's cross for their first goal at home since March 3.

Neale Cooper's side had chances for a second, but Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee saved smartly from Andy Monkhouse and Noble.

But the introduction of substitute Danny Whitaker turned the game around for the visitors. He took a pass from Bowery and drilled an angled drive into the corner of the net from 18 yards to level in the 59th minute.

Eleven minutes later Bowery peeled into space in the penalty area to meet Scott Boden's cross and put the visitors ahead for a lead they comfortably held on to.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24