Latics play out a 1-1 draw at the Proact Stadium as the career of goalkeeper Tommy Lee celebrated in testimonial for the former Chesterfield stopper.
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Latics drew 1-1 at Chesterfield on Wednesday evening as pre-season preparations continued for Paul Cook’s side in a fitting testimonial for his former goalkeeper at the Proact Stadium, Tommy Lee.
A Will Grigg header gave Latics the lead but Jerome Binnom-Williams fired home from close range in the second-half to level for the Spireites.
Cook used 20 members of his pre-season squad, including trialists Darron Gibson, James Perch and Ross Wallace, as his side continued to build their fitness ahead of their Sky Bet Championship opener with Sheffield Wednesday a week on Saturday.
Next, Cook’s side will turn their attentions towards Sunday’s mouth-watering final friendly against Rangers at Ibrox, with over 1,600 Latics fans heading north of the border.
In Derbyshire, the hosts, buoyed by the occasion, started better and Binnon-Williams went close from Robbie Weir’s cross.
Nick Powell and Reece James both fired free-kicks off target before Grigg got Latics ahead with a glancing header from Max Power’s cross, which deflected off a Spireites defender and went in.
Latics started brightly in the second-half; Powell pressed well and forced a chance for himself before chipping just over Shwan Jalal in the hosts’ goal.
Chey Dunkley was then on hand to protect the lead with a good block from Charlie Carter.
Grigg and Gavin Massey were denied by blocks from Michael Nelson in quick succession before Binnom-Williams got the leveller as Latics failed to clear from a free-kick and he finished at close range.
Latics did create a late chance for a winner as substitutes Gary Roberts and Leo Da Silva Lopes linked up only to see the latter see his effort deflected wide for corner.
Chesterfield: Lee (Jalal 6 (Anyon 85)), Barry, Binnom-Williams (Smith 70), Evans, Maguire, Carter (Rowley 78), Weston (Sinnott 80), Ugwu, Hines (Trialist 71), Nelson (Shaw 58), Weir (Wedgbury 71).
Latics: Walton; James (Gibson 45), Dunkley (Bruce 72), Burn, Perch* (Naismith 56); Morsy (Capt) (MacDonald 72), Power (Da Silva Lopes 79); Massey (Wallace 77), Powell (Roberts 66), Jacobs (McManaman 61); Grigg (Vaughan 61).
Subs: Jones, Walker.
*denotes player training with the club, not contracted to Wigan Athletic permanently.