Wycombe Wanderers 3 Chesterfield 2
Chesterfield lost the basement battle despite looking the likely winners with just 11 minutes remaining.
Leading 2-1 thanks to Dean Morgan’s double, his first brace in a league game in nine years, John Sheridan’s men were pegged back when Italian Marcello Trotta, on his home debut on loan from Fulham, slotted a low shot through plenty of defensive legs from 25 yards.
Then, in the fourth of four additional minutes, keeper Nikki Bull hoofed a free kick, awarded for offside against Jack Lester when he looked comfortably onside, was headed backwards by Aaron Downes into the path of Stuart Beavon whose own header hit the target.
It was a massive blow for the now adrift Spireites who’d taken a fourth minute lead when Morgan tapped in a cross from Craig Westcarr that had been helped on with a faint touch from Leon Clarke, playing his last game on loan from Swindon Town.
Just after the half hour mark, Gary Waddock’s men levelled for the first time.
A Matt Bloomfield corner saw Trotta twice denied by goal line blocks from Danny Whitaker and Simon Ford, big defender Dave Winfield hit the bar before Scott Griffiths’ partial clearance fell to Anthony McNamee.
The winger, borrowed from MK Dons and making his debut, showed some neat control before volleying above the crowd from the edge of the box.
Morgan restored the lead on 54, latching on to Tommy Lee’s goal kick that had seen Clarke try to flick on, but he failed to contact.
The scorer hammered the ball on the up following its sole bounce and a first three points in almost three months looked a good bet.
The manager made just one change to the side that saw off Preston on penalties.
Clarke replaced Jordan Bowery up front alongside Morgan and for the vast majority of the game, the selection and Chesterfield’s play looked like it would bear fruit.
Just as an away win looked likely, Trotta tried his luck and was rewarded.
The same player missed an easy chance to win it, left footing wide from an unmarked eight yard position.
Only a Simon Ford header threatened to win it for Chesterfield ahead of the last-gasp gut-wrenching Beavon goal that means this weekend’s visit of Walsall is a ‘must win’ game for a team that looks to have forgotten just how to do that.
Wycombe: Bull, McCoy, Winfield, Johnson, Basey, Grant, Lewis, Donnelly (Bloomfield 14), McNamee, Trotta, Beavon. Subs not used: Foster, Ainsworth, Strevens, Harris.
Chesterfield: Lee, Talbot, Ford, Downes, Griffiths, Westcarr (Obadeyi 87), Allott, Whitaker, Mendy, Clarke (Lester 85), Morgan (Bowery 85). Subs not used: Fleming, Trotman.
Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey).
Booked: Morgan (Chesterfield), Winfield (Wycombe).