Ched Evans scores on return to game with Chesterfield

23 July 2016 04:23

Ched Evans made his return to football after scoring in Chesterfield's 3-0 friendly win at Ilkeston on Saturday.

The 27 -year-old striker joined the Spireites on a 12-month deal in June just months before he faces a retrial charged with rape.

He played 59 minutes of the Sky Bet League One club's victory, netting in the 53rd minute, having also set up Ritchie Humphreys' opener.

In the aftermath of Evans joining Chesterfield, Derbyshire-based fitting company HTM Products pulled its sponsorship from the club "in light of recent events" although it refused to confirm if Evans' move was the reason behind the decision.

Former Manchester City youngster Evans will go on trial on October 4 charged with raping a woman in May 2011. He has pleaded not guilty.

Evans was jailed and sentenced for five years in 2012, being released in 2014, for raping a 19-year-old woman but the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction in April.

His last game was for Sheffield United against Leyton Orient on April 14, 2012 in which he scored in a 3-1 win for the Blades at Bramall Lane.

Previous attempts by clubs to sign Evans failed amid protests. He came close to joining Chesterfield's League One rivals Oldham in January 2015 but the club pulled out of the deal following pressure from sponsors

Shortly before that Evans also had an invitation to use Sheffield United's training facilities rescinded after more than 150,000 people signed a petition opposing it.

Source: PA