REPORT: Spireites stand firm to clinch victory at Victory Park

Chesterfield managed to claw their way out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 over fellow bottom side Chorley.

John Pemberton decided to stick with the team that were defeated in injury time by Harrogate Town on Tuesday.

14 minutes in, Tom Denton found himself with an opportunity to open the scoring but he directed the effort straight at Matt Urwin in the Chorley goal.

The hosts nearly went ahead a few minutes later when Lewis Baines saw his strike whistle inches wide of the right hand post.

In the minute Josef Yarney’s long ball found Nathan Tyson who took it round his man to get away a shot on goal, but the angle was tight and the striker couldn’t find the target.

However, five minutes before the break the Spireites took the lead when Haydn Hollis flicked on Liam Mandeville’s corner to Denton who nodded home from a few yards out.

Pemberton was forced into making his first change during the interval as Ross Fitzimons came on to make his debut, replacing the injured Shwan Jalal.

In the 52nd minute, Alex Newby’s strike from the edge of the box forced Fitzimons to produce a low stop in order to keep his side in the lead.

But the Spireites managed to double their lead ten minutes later when Tyson played the perfect low ball across the face of goal for Jordan Cropper to tap in at the back post.

The home side halved the deficit in the 76th minute when a quick free-kick was played to Connor Hall who tucked his shot away in the left corner.

Chorley continued to pile on the pressure in the later stages of the game but the Chesterfield defence stood firm to hold on to an important three points.

Chesterfield: Jalal (Fitzsimons 46), Yarney, Evans, Hollis, Cropper, Weston, Smith, Buchanan, Mandeville (Weir 82), Tyson, Denton (Boden 82).

Unused Substitutes: Sharman, Fondop.

Attendance: 1,257 (518 away)

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