Another win for Spireites

Another win for Spireites

Akwasi Asante’s tenth goal for the club set the Spireites on their way to a 3-0 win over Yeovil Town – a sixth consecutive league win at the Technique Stadium.

James Rowe made two changes from the Eastleigh game with Liam Mandeville and Jak McCourt replacing Jack Clarke and Martin Smith.

Continuing in the pattern of games starting slowly, this game struggled to have an influx of chances in the opening exchanges.

Gavin Gunning had the first effort of the match as his 25-yard free-kick flew over the head of Adam Smith and flew over the crossbar.

The 23rd minute brought the first shot on target; Tom Whelan danced past the away defence and played the ball through to McCourt. The midfielder took aim and his shot was tipped over and out for a corner.

Yeovil were restricted to pot shots and blocked shots. However, Rhys Murphy looked to find the back of the net with a half-volley on the turn, but Grant Smith wasn’t troubled.

A minute before the end of the half, Chesterfield should have opened the scoring. Curtis Weston’s driven shot bubbled after a save from A. Smith. Akwasi Asante raced into tap the loose ball home, which was somehow knocked away and out for a corner.

The home side continued to hunt for the opening goal long into added time, but were forced to go into the break goalless.

Asante didn’t have to wait long though and was rewarded for his efforts in the 48th minute. Tom Whelan played the striker through on goal, he rounded the keeper and slotted home to add a goal to his newly signed contract.

The Spireites looked to quickly add a second and almost got it through Mandeville. He also rounded the keep, but from a tight angle the ball rolled across the face among goal and away after a clearance.

In the 68th minute, Whelan added another goal, which provided the safety needed. The former Yeovil man picked the ball up 25-yards from goal launched a rocket into the net that wrong-footed A. Smith.

Ten minutes later, the Blues were awarded a 3-0 lead. A lovely Whelan lay-off allowed substitute Joel Taylor to run down the left-hand side and lift a cross over to McCourt, who finished with aplomb.

Jack Clarke almost added the cherry on top of the cake in added time. A one-two with George Carline allowed the midfielder to shoot on the edge of the box, but it went over the top of the crossbar.

The win lifts the Spireites up to ninth in the National League and just two places off Eastleigh, who occupy the last play-off spot.

Chesterfield: G. Smith, Carline, Kerr, Gunning (C), Maguire, Whittle (Taylor 69), Weston, McCourt, Mandeville (Clarke 80), Whelan, Asante (Tyson 75).

Unused Substitutes: Evans, M. Smith.