REPORT: Spireites secure third league win on the spin against local rivals

Chesterfield forced Notts County to their first defeat since 21 September as Gevaro’s first goal for the Spireites proved the difference in front of the BT Sports cameras.

John Sheridan made four changes to the side that exited the FA Cup in North Wales on Tuesday night. Shwan Jalal reclaimed his place in goal, while Curtis Weston, Will Evans and Tom Denton also returned to the starting eleven.

It was the away side who started the brighter. In the opening minutes a County corner found the head of Kyle Wooton, but the effort was diverted away from goal by Tom Denton.

In the 23rd minute it was Wooton again with a chance to take the lead. He turned and drove into space, curling his shot narrowly wide of the post.

However the Spireites took the lead just four minutes later when Scott Boden’s cross from the right met Gevaro at the far post, who fired in from close-range.

The Spireites went into the second half with a goal advantage.

Joe Rowley tried to increase his side’s lead when he made a terrific run into the box, his eventual shot blocked by Ben Turner.

The home side thought they had doubled their lead on 62 minutes when Jay Sheridan’s cross from the left-hand side found Will Evans at the back post. The Spireites skipper rose and powered his header past Sam Slocombe in goal but the linesman had his flag up for offside.

The Magpies took advantage of this, quickly coming out on the counter attack but Weston was there to head Richard Brindley’s shot away from danger and out for a corner.

The following corner saw Wooton again with an effort come close. His header at the near post forced Jalal into action.

Notts County had the chance to equalise in the final dangers of additional time. Substitute Regan Booty’s corner found an un-marked Mitch Rose, whose header went just over to the Spireites’ relief.

Despite having a smaller share of possession the Spireites forced an end to County’s six-game unbeaten run.

Chesterfield: Jalal, Yarney, Evans (C), Hollis, Sheridan, Weston, Rowley, Smith, Boden (Spyrou 87), Denton (Fondop 59), Gevaro

Unused Substitutes: Gerrard, Mandeville, McGlashan

Attendance: 5,432 (1422 away)

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