Spireites lose at Torquay

Spireites lose at Torquay

Two second-half goals condemned the Spireites to a 2-0 defeat to Torquay United in the final away game of the season.

After a nervy first half, goals from Stephen Duke-McKenna and Amari Little secured the win for the home side.

Asa Hall looked to test Scott Loach early on with a powerful long-range effort which the goalkeeper was equal to.

Despite the conditions in the ‘English Riviera’ being perfect, both sides struggled to create much during the first 20 minutes.

The hosts were enjoying more of the ball and almost manufactured a goal, but Loach pulled off a brilliant save to deny Hall’s flick-on.

Chances were at a premium and Joe Quigley came close to creating one of his own. He picked the ball up 25 yards out from goal, danced past two players, but saw his shot blocked on the edge of the area.

A Torquay free-kick caused havoc in the Chesterfield penalty area before Danny Wright blasted over from ten yards.

The best chance for the Blues came with the last kick of the half; Manny Oyeleke brought the ball down 25 yards out from goal and sent his half-volley just wide of the mark.

The Spireites made a change at half time in the centre of midfield with Jim Kellermann replacing Oyeleke.

Chesterfield started the second half with a higher tempo as Jeff King whipped in two early crosses that just evaded players at the back post.

Ben Wynter tried his luck with a 25-yard pile driver the whistled past Loach’s post.

However, the home side soon took the lead when Duke-McKenna curled his effort into the back of the net.

Danny Rowe almost brought the scores level when his 30-yard free-kick hammered against an upright.

Torquay were awarded a penalty with ten minutes to go when Kellermann was reprimanded for a foul in the area. Little put the penalty away with aplomb.

After a couple of late close attempts, the referee brought an end to proceedings.

Spireites: Loach; Williams, Gunning, Grimes; King, Weston (Khan 82), Oyeleke (Kellermann 46), Whittle; Mandeville; Quigley, Asante (Rowe 57).
Unused Substitutes: Maguire, Denton.