REPORT: Spireites go eight unbeaten at home

Kabongo Tshimanga came out on top against his former team as Chesterfield moved up to second in the National League with a 2-1 victory over Boreham Wood.

The Spireites went into the break with a two-goal lead after goals from Danny Rowe and Tshimanga.

Will Evans scored on his return to North Derbyshire but was also sent off in added time as the away side slipped below their opponents in the table.

The home side looked to control proceedings early on. Skipper Gavin Gunning glanced his header just wide of the goal from a Jeff King cross.

In the 20th minute, Tshimanga was brought down in the area by Nathan Ashmore and referee Lewis Smith had no choice but to point to the spot. Rowe assumed responsibilities and hammered the spot-kick into the back of the net.

The Wood started to gain a bit of a foothold in the game following the goal. Scott Loach pulled off a good save to deny Jacob Mendy Mendy from long-range.

However, former Boreham Wood striker Tshimanga struck a deadly blow just before the break. He turned his defender on the edge of the box before unleashing a thunderbolt that flew past Ashmore and into the top left corner.

After a quiet opening to the second half, Chesterfield turned on the style in search of a third goal. Firstly, Liam Mandeville let fly from 30-yards and saw his effort crash off the woodwork before Rowe’s long-range shot whistled wide of the post.

Bizarrely, a goal kick almost produced a third of the afternoon for the hosts. Ashmore’s goal kick riccoched off his own defender and the goalkeeper eventually scrambled back to claw the goalbound ball away – despite appearing to have a knock.

Minutes later, the away side were back in the contest. Ex-Spireite Evans took aim from 25-yards out and found the goal after the ball squirmed through the hands of Loach.

The visitors hopes vanished in added time when Evans received a second booking and was sent off in his return to the Technique Stadium.

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