John Sheridan was delighted with his team’s 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic in the Northern final of the JP Trophy at the B2net.
The Chesterfield FC manager said: “We now go into the second leg with an advantage.
“We are far from through to the final but we go there believing we can get through.
“Oldham have some good players but we worked hard. We had the better chances.
“We go there with a goal advantage. It is what we would have taken before the tie kicked off.’’
The Spireites are bottom of League One and their win over the Latics was their first since defeating Preston in the Northern semi-final on penalties last month.
Chesterfield’s last league success was back in September and when Sheridan was asked to sum up his mood after winning a game of football, he said: “Not bad. I had forgotten what if felt like.’’
Striker Scott Boden opened the scoring for Chesterfield in the 49th minute and Oldham’s Shefki Kuqi missed a penalty before the visitors levelled through Robbie Simpson with 58 minutes gone.
It was a thrilling, end-to-end game which was decided by Danny Whitaker from the penalty spot after Jack Lester was tripped in the area.
The second leg takes place at Boundary Park on Monday, January 30.