REPORT: Spireites snap winless run

Two goals from Alex Kiwomya ended two records as Chesterfield dispatched promotion chasers Salford City 2-0 at the Proact Stadium.

A goal in either half was enough to end the Spireites run of 19 league games without a win and the Ammies run of 20 league games without defeat.

Martin Allen made one change to the side that lost to Grimsby Town in the FA Cup with Jordan Hallam being replaced by Levi Amantchi, who was making his full debut.

It was the 18-year-old that made an instant impact, providing the assist for the first goal. Amantchi won the ball before squaring it to Kiwomya, who tapped home from close range after just 90 seconds.

The visitors took a while to get into the game and failed to test Callum Burton with their first sight of goal. A cross found Danny Whitehead, but the midfielder's weak shot was straight at the Hull loanee.

However, the Ammies were still struggling to contain the quickness of the home attack. Curtis Weston and Amantchi let fly from outside the box, but their fierce efforts were nicely held by Chris Neal.

Jonathan Smith provided one more attempt before the end of the first half with his long range strike stinging the palms of Neal.

Nine minutes into the second half, Jordan Hallam was introduced in place of Tom Denton and the forwards impact was almost immediate.

The Salford defence failed to close down Hallam, who forced Neal to tip his shot onto the post. The ball fell into the path of Kiwomya and the on-loan Doncaster Rovers winger grabbed his second of the game by slotting home the rebound.

With a quarter of an hour of the game to go, Graham Alexander's side somehow didn't find a way back into the game.

Half time substitute Dennis Politic unleashed a piledriver from 25 yards which Burton superbly palmed the ball out for a corner. From the following corner, Carl Piergianni's header was heroically cleared off the line by Jerome Binnom-Williams.

Seven minutes later, Salford were yet again wondering how they didn't half the deficit. Piergianni once more rose highest, but Burton produced a point-blank save to deny the defender.

The Spireites continued to hold on and almost increased their lead when Hallam forced Neal into a smart save.

Relief was one feeling around the Proact once the final whistle sounded. The win gave Chesterfield their first three points in the league since August 11.

It is also the first time that the Blues have scored twice in one league game since the last time the two teams played each other

On the other hand, Salford City missed their chance to go top. They also had their 20 game unbeaten run in the league broken.


Post-Match Verdict: Outstanding performance

Credit to everyone on the pitch, they put in 110% effort and finally reaped their rewards after almost four months without a league win.

Martin Allen was very complementary about his players and his decisions to bring on certain players.

It's the first time in a long time that the Spireites have had both pace and strength and used it to their advantage.

It provides a confidence boost heading into Basford next week in the FA Trophy. It could also be the launch pad to a good run of form in the league with some good sides coming up soon. Next for Chesterfield in the league is Leyton Orient away in two weeks time.

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