Spireites beaten at Barnet

The Bees stung the Blues at The HIVE Stadium, as Nicke Kabamba completed an impressive hat-trick in-front of the home crowd to give Barnet a 3-0 victory.

The first chance of the game fell to the hosts, as Kabamba picked up the ball on the edge of the area and had time to pull the trigger, but the 6ft 3” tall striker couldn’t beat Lucas Covolan, who got down low to make the stop to his right.

The Blues got their chance when Bailey Clements’ cross sweetly landed on the head of Joe Quigley, but his effort didn’t really trouble the keeper.

Ryan Colclough, who was making his full debut for the Spireites, had his first real sight of goal in the 21st minute, when his effort from the left was cleared off the line by defender Danny Collinge.

Only a huge save from Covolan kept the game goal-less, the keeper making a point-blank stop on his goal line after Kabamba had a free header from around two yards out.

Seconds later, Palmer also had an effort saved from point blank range after the ball dropped to him in the area following a corner.

In the 30th minute, Covolan was forced into action again when Sam Woods found space inside the area and got his shot away, only for the keeper to get a big hand and make a good stop at his near post.

It was Barnet who struck first in the 33rd minute, as Kabamba bundled the ball home at the front post from corner.

Chesterfield kept pushing for the remainder of the half but went into the break trailing.

The Spireites started the second half brightly as Jeff King’s shot/cross was deflected towards goal and there were big claims that the ball crossed the line before being cleared away, but the assistant referee was unmoved.

Quigley went close again midway through the half but scuffed his effort from a few yards out.

In the 77th minute, the Bees stung again, doubling their lead as Kabamba raced through on goal and fired his effort into the top corner.

They added another goal towards the end of the game as Kabamba completed his hat-trick, racing through on goal again and firing past Covolan.

There was no way back for the Blues, as Barnet held out for the win.

Attention now turns to next week’s trip to Boreham Wood.

Spireites: Covolan, Clements, Palmer, Grimes, King, Jones (Banks 45’), Akinola, Oldaker (Asante 75’) Dobra, Colclough (Mandeville, 87), Quigley

Unused subs: Williams, Uchegbulam