Win extends unbeaten run to ten games

Goals from Liam Mandeville and Joe Quigley gave the Spireites a 2-0 win at Boreham Wood to extend their unbeaten run to ten games.

It was a comfortable win over opponents who, until today, had never lost on home soil to the Spireites.

A well worked Mandeville goal just after the half-hour mark gave the Spireites the lead at the break; it would have been more decisive if Will Grigg had converted his spot kick soon after the goal.

The win was sealed with just seven minutes left on the clock. Michael Jacobs spotted an opening and set up Quigley nicely to touch home from close range and ease any fears that may have been building.

A strong all-round performance that sent the 500 travelling Spireites home very happy, having seen their team clinch their ninth win in the last ten.

Both teams claimed three points in their midweek home fixture; the Wood recording just their third win of the season and the Spireites their 11th, creating a 16-place gap between the two sides – but that can often have little bearing.

Chesterfield have not won at Meadow Park in five previous visits despite, like last season, often dominating.

Cook, who served the first of his four-game touchline ban, made six changes to the starting line-up against Bromley; for the game in  the Hertfordshire he chose to tweak only slightly less with Tyrone Williams, Mandeville, Armando Dobra, Ryan Colclough and Grigg regaining their places at the expense of Ash Palmer, Ollie Banks, James Berry, Joe Quigley and Michael Jacobs. Pleasingly Ryheem Sheckleford was fit enough to claim a berth on the bench.

The Spireites were sporting an all-blue kit, as they started the game kicked off in perfect autumn conditions, warm and overcast; they defended the end housing the Chesterfield supporters.

The Spireites took the game immediately to the home side; within two minutes Mandeville looked to referee Greg Rollason for a penalty after a strong challenge in the area from Femi Ilesanmi. The official had clear sight but wasn’t interested.


Dobra was everywhere and provided a dream through ball for Colclough who was unable to control.

Jeff King hit in a dangerous ball from the right, just inside the area; Nathan Ashmore cleared and King picked up again, this time his blast brought the game’s first save and corner kick.

At the other end the dangerous Lee Ndlovu headed inches wide direct from a Chris Bush long throw.

Branden Horton burst down the left and his ball aimed for Griigg at the far post was just inches from connecting.

A five-man move saw Tom Naylor try a speculative effort from 25 yards, Ashmore couldn’t hold and spooned the ball upwards but claimed at the second attempt.

Mandeville was the next to go close was as his angled drive flew narrowly past Ashmore’s right upright.

A Tyrone Marsh blast took a deflection off Jamie Grimes for the Wood’s second corner but the ball in eluded everyone.

The home side were having their best period as the game reached the half-hour mark; one promising spell of pressure ended with Matt Robinson firing over from distance.

Just three minutes later Dobra shimmied and Colclough received wide left, Boreham Wood had two men harrying at close quarters but still he managed to shake them off and float over the perfect cross to Mandeville at the far post; he rose well and headed cleanly home to Ashmore’s left.

Five minutes later it should have been two after Mandeville received from the right, ran strongly into area before being unceremoniously clattered to the ground by Robinson. Grigg stepped up to take the spot kick and fired just over the crossbar.

Moments later Grigg laid on the perfect ball for Naylor to run on to; he picked up but fired wastefully wide of the right upright.

Three added minutes were awarded but, apart from Naylor picking up a knock in a penalty area tussle, there was no significant action.

The second half resumed with the Spireites looking to pick up where they left off. Dobra hit a strong shot goalwards forcing Bush to clear, the ball ran to Jeff King, wide on the right, his ball across goal invited a finish but Colclough, who claimed he’d been pushed, couldn’t oblige.

Horton was soon involved, tearing down the left and firing a shot inched wide of Ashmore’s left upright.

The Wood made a double change on the hour mark but Chesterfield continued to play their controlled game. Dobra was looking sharp and received centrally just outside the area, he took a few paces and fired goalbound low down only to see Ashmore pull off the best save of the game.

The Spireites were awarded an indirect free-kick just outside the area, Ashmore again saved well, from King’s well-struck hit.

Grigg was harshly adjudged offside (the ball came off a home player) when he was clean through and moments later he made way for Quigley as the Spireites made their first change. The second substation soon followed as Jacobs took over from King.

The home side looked to take the initiative but a promising move was wasted as Jack Payne hit high and wide 

The Spireites made it two when two substitutes combined to give some breathing space. Jacobs received just inside the area, read the situation perfectly and hit an angled ball for Quigley to touch home from close range.

Six minutes were added but the second goal had made those extra minutes less of a concern as the Spireites ended the game on top and in control.

Spireites: Tyler, Horton, Naylor, Grimes (C), Mandeville, Grigg (Quigley 74), Colclough (Banks 81), Williams, Dobra, King (Jacobs 78), Jones 

Substitutes not used:  Berry, Sheckleford

Referee: Greg Rollason

Attendance: 1,512 (499 Chesterfield supporters)