Tshimanga double secures comeback win

The Spireites maintained their unbeaten home record with a 2-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge, coming from behind at the Technique Stadium. Two penalties from Kabongo Tshimanga were enough to secure all three points.

Chances were hard to come by for both teams in the first ten minutes of the game.

Dagenham hit the bar 12 minutes in with a deflected header from Paul McCallum.

Captain William Wright almost sent Dagenham into the lead on the half-hour mark, hitting the post from a free kick around 20 yards out.

Dagenham took the lead 32 minutes in through Josh Walker. He ran at the Spireites defence, getting the ball onto this right foot and drilling the ball into the bottom left corner.

Akwasi Asante tested Dagenham keeper Elliot Justham with a strike from the edge of the area.

Walker came close to getting his second of the game after breaking away from the Spireites defence, however, his effort hit the side netting.

The Spireites won a penalty 42 minutes in when Jeff King was brought down in the box. Top scorer Tshimanga stepped up and hit the ball straight down the middle, beating Justham.

Once again, Walker was causing problems for the Spireites,getting a shot away inside the box. Scott Loach kept it out, keeping the scores level going into half time.

Jak McCourt came close for the Spireites early in the second half with a low driven shot from range which went narrowly wide.

Chesterfield won their second penalty of the game when King was brought down once again. Tshimanga stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner for his second of the game.  

King almost doubled the Spireites’ lead with a free kick from around 25 yards out that went just wide.

Liam Mandeville cut inside from the left-hand side trying to get a shot away, his attempt was blocked.

The Spireites kept up good pressure on Dagenham after taking the lead and defended well when needed.

Asante won a free kick late in stoppage time for the Spireites after running the ball into the corner to run down the clock. The Spireites held out to secure an important three points.

After an impressive victory, attention will now turn to the midweek clash away at Stockport County.

Spireites: Loach, Whittle, Croll ©, Grimes, Kerr, King, McCourt (Oyeleke 65’), Khan (Kellermann 87’), Mandeville, Tshimanga, Asante

Subs: Miller, Williams, Quigley

Attendance: 6,063 (125 away)