Spireites win at Woking

The Spireites cruised to a first win in three games after beating Woking 4-1 at the Kingfield Stadium.

Manager James Rowe made five changes to the starting XI as he brought in goalkeeper James Montgomery, Curtis Weston, Joe Rowley, Tom Whelan and Marcus Dinanga. Grant Smith, Alex Whittle, Martin Smith, Liam Mandeville and Kairo Mitchell all made way.

Chesterfield started brightly and almost took the lead after three minutes when Laurence Maguire’s long-range effort flew inches wide of the post.

Just three minutes later, Gavin Gunning headed home the opening goal of the game. Gunning rose highest to meet Whelan’s corner and the defender powered home his header past Craig Ross.

The Blues continued to look strong but were dealt a blow 17 minutes in when Fraser Kerr was forced off with an injury and replaced by Jak McCourt.

A second goal wasn’t far off though and came just two minutes after the substitution. Another Whelan corner this time fell to the feet of Dinanga and he slotted home from close-range for his first goal for the club.

The second goal forced the hosts to start asking some questions and they were given a way back into the game just before the half-hour-mark.

Woking were awarded a penalty after Maguire brought down Kane Ferdinand in the area; Charlie Cooper took the spot-kick and found the back of the net, despite Montgomery getting a touch it.

The home side almost found an immediate equaliser when Malachi Napa turned his defender, but sent his effort wide of the post.

The Spireites responded by grabbing a third just before half time. A corner, from Whelan yet again, was flicked to the back post by Maguire, where George Carline converted his effort into the back of the net.

Chesterfield looked to start the second half in the way they start the first, with an early goal. McCourt sent a brilliant cross over to Dinanga, but he could only send his header wide.

Carline came close to adding a second to his tally moments after when he latched on to Whelan’s cross and headed wide from close-range.

Woking continued to search for a way back into the game, but Montgomery made two fantastic saves to deny Zach Robinson and Cooper.

However, with four minutes of the second half to go, the fourth goal arrived. Danny Rowe chipped a cross into the middle where substitute Jack Clarke prodded home from six yards out.

The home side came close to reducing arrears in added time, but the Spireites came away from the Kingfield Stadium with the three points.

Chesterfield: Montgomery, Carline, Kerr (McCourt 17), Gunning (C), Maguire, Oyeleke, Weston, Rowley (Mandeville 59), Whelan (Clarke 75), Dinanga, Rowe.

Unused substitutes: Yussuf, Tyson.