Exeter City 0 Spireites 1
Tommy Wright’s Spireites made it consecutive wins on the road in League Two games.
Following on from the 1-0 win at Aldershot Town, when loanee Chris Atkinson scored the winner, they beat Exeter City by the same scoreline with Atkinson again the man on target.
The three points took the team within a single point of sixth placed Burton Albion.
Atkinson headed in at the far post after 32 minutes but it was the work of another 20 year old, Tendayi Darikwa, that created the opening.
Drew Talbot threw the ball in and Darikwa, operating wide right in a five man midfield, slipped between two markers to deliver a perfect ball for the man on loan from Huddersfield Town to convert from six yards.
Darikwa returned to the side along with his former youth team colleague Craig Clay. Jack Lester and Neal Trotman made way with Terrell Forbes moving to central defence, allowing Talbot to return to right back.
Unbelievably, it was Clay’s first league start in two years.
Exeter, with four defeats in five, gave a first league start to teenage prospect Jordan Moore-Taylor, who was terrorised by Darikwa throughout.
The Chesterfield youngster delivered his best first team showing to date, though he was almost made to suffer from missing a late one on one, Artur Krysiak saved, subsequently Talbot had to block on the line and Richard O’Donnell was called upon to make two terrific saves from Guillem Bauza and Liam Sercombe.
Skipper Sam Hird also put in a flawless shift, as did Sam Togwell in the holding midfield role, as the Spireites put together a show that is as good as anything they’ve delivered to date this season.
Arron Davies had City’s best first half effort, but he hit wide from close in whilst Craig Westcarr and sub Mark Randall both made Krysiak work hard, he was the busier ‘keeper throughout.
Wright said afterwards he was pleased with the result.
He said: “We had a few close calls at the end but we played well, we counter-attacked well.
“We needed a second goal really because they came on strong at the end but their ‘keeper made a few fantastic saves. Credit to O’Donnell at the end who made a couple of good saves.”
Chesterfield: O’Donnell, Talbot, Hird, Forbes, Ridehalgh, Darikwa, Atkinson (Smith 72), Togwell, Clay (Randall 65), Boa Morte, Westcarr (Lester 78). Subs (not used): Wilson, Trotman, Whitaker, Evans.
Ref: Carl Berry (Surrey).
Booking: Darikwa, O’Donnell.
Attendance: 3,668 (192).