Full time: Chesterfield 2 Cheltenham 0

Gary Roberts celebrates scoring the first.

Gary Roberts celebrates scoring the first.

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Gary Roberts had a hand in both goals as Chesterfield continued their 100% record from two games without conceding a goal.

Roberts, the architect of so much going forward on Wednesday night, was relishing sitting in behind a lone striker again.

Given the chance to roam, Roberts drifted on to the left flank and put in an inviting centre that Richards headed narrowly wide of the target.

Chesterfield’s movement gave their opponents plenty to think about early on and a diagonal ball from Ryan found Smith, who beat Jombati to get into the penalty area, but his cross was cleared with two blue shirts running in.

The visitors’ first meaningful effort came from Harrison, who dragged his left foot shot well wide.

Lee was tested when Penn drove from distance that the Spireites keeper grabbed at the second time of asking.

Harrison had another sight of goal when he met Jombati’s cross but his looping header went over.

McGlashan attempted a right footed curler that sailed just wide.

But just as it looked like Cheltenham were getting a foothold in the game, Chesterfield took the lead with a swift break from the back.

The ball was played up to Richards who held it up and sent a precise through ball that released Roberts, who twisted the defender one way and then the other before unleashing a powerful effort that found the right corner of the net via a deflection.

Richards almost extended the lead when, with his back to goal, he looped an effort over his shoulder towards goal that Brown collected.

Brown bravely put himself between the ball and the goal to block O’Shea’s fierce strike from the edge of the area.

Cheltenham keeper Brown had to be on his toes to catch Roberts’ curling shot from distance.

A flowing, patient attack from right to left resulted in Ryan trying his luck from range before being fouled and from the resulting free-kick Roberts had Brown scrambling across his goal to prevent the Spireites from doubling their advantage.

The visitors almost levelled when a mix up in defence between Smith and Hird presented an opportunity for Harrison, who lifted a shot over the advancing Lee but Edwards slid in to preserve Chesterfield’s lead at the break.

HALF-TIME

Chesterfield...........1 Roberts, the architect of so much going forward on Wednesday night, was relishing sitting in behind a lone striker again.

Given the chance to roam, Roberts drifted on to the left flank and put in an inviting centre that Richards headed narrowly wide of the target.

Chesterfield’s movement gave their opponents plenty to think about early on and a diagonal ball from Ryan found Smith, who beat Jombati to get into the penalty area, but his cross was cleared with two blue shirts running in.

The visitors’ first meaningful effort came from Harrison, who dragged his left foot shot well wide.

Lee was tested when Penn drove from distance that the Spireites keeper grabbed at the second time of asking.

Harrison had another sight of goal when he met Jombati’s cross but his looping header went over.

McGlashan attempted a right footed curler that sailed just wide.

But just as it looked like Cheltenham were getting a foothold in the game, Chesterfield took the lead with a swift break from the back.

The ball was played up to Richards who held it up and sent a precise through ball that released Roberts, who twisted the defender one way and then the other before unleashing a powerful effort that found the right corner of the net via a deflection.

Richards almost extended the lead when, with his back to goal, he looped an effort over his shoulder towards goal that Brown collected.

Brown bravely put himself between the ball and the goal to block O’Shea’s fierce strike from the edge of the area.

Cheltenham keeper Brown had to be on his toes to catch Roberts’ curling shot from distance.

A flowing, patient attack from right to left resulted in Ryan trying his luck from range before being fouled and from the resulting free-kick Roberts had Brown scrambling across his goal to prevent the Spireites from doubling their advantage.

The visitors almost levelled when a mix up in defence between Smith and Hird presented an opportunity for Harrison, who lifted a shot over the advancing Lee but Edwards slid in to preserve Chesterfield’s lead at the break.

HALF-TIME

Chesterfield...........1

Cheltenham...........0

Darikwa replaced Smith at the break and made an immediate impact when he ran on to a through ball and teed up O’Shea, whose side-footed volley was well saved low to his right by Brown.

Cheltenham had the ball in the the net through Vincent’s close range header, but the linesman’s flag cut the visitors’ celebrations short.

Lee had to make a crucial stop to deny Harrison when, after a mazy run through a crowded penalty area, the striker found himself six yards out with a sight of goal.

The game began to hot up midway through the second half with both sides showing their physical strengths.

Chesterfield kept their heads and a neat interchange between Darikwa and substitute Doyle saw the winger one-on-one with the Robins’ keeper, who stood up and made the save.

Roberts tried a chip from 20 yards that was far more comfortable for the keeper moments later before O’Shea sent a shot just wide of the post as the Spireites pushed for a second.

Vincent thought he had broken Chesterfield’s resistance when he met Braham-Barrett’s cross but Edwards managed to deflect the ball away for a corner that came to nothing.

The Spireites were on the attack and it needed another vital stop from Brown to stop O’Shea, who tricked his way round a couple of challenges to create an opening.

After some good tracking back to win the ball, Doyle then shot wide of the target.

A good ball from Penn released McGlashan who went to ground under the challenge of Hunphreys, but the referee waved away their protests.

McGlashan had a glorious opportunity to send the visitors away with a point but he delayed his shot and a combination of Darikwa and Talbot recovered to clear the danger.

Chesterfield’s defenders were furious with the linesman as there was more than a hint of offside.

Edwards and Hird again had to sustain late pressure to shut the opposition out.

Doyle got his second goal of the week to make the points safe in the 90th minute with a low drive that took a slight deflection on its way into the net.

Cheltenham...........0

Darikwa replaced Smith at the break and made an immediate impact when he ran on to a through ball and teed up O’Shea, whose side-footed volley was well saved low to his right by Brown.

Cheltenham had the ball in the the net through Vincent’s close range header, but the linesman’s flag cut the visitors’ celebrations short.

Lee had to make a crucial stop to deny Harrison when, after a mazy run through a crowded penalty area, the striker found himself six yards out with a sight of goal.

The game began to hot up midway through the second half with both sides showing their physical strengths.

Chesterfield kept their heads and a neat interchange between Darikwa and substitute Doyle saw the winger one-on-one with the Robins’ keeper, who stood up and made the save.

Roberts tried a chip from 20 yards that was far more comfortable for the keeper moments later before O’Shea sent a shot just wide of the post as the Spireites pushed for a second.

Vincent thought he had broken Chesterfield’s resistance when he met Braham-Barrett’s cross but Edwards managed to deflect the ball away for a corner that came to nothing.

The Spireites were on the attack and it needed another vital stop from Brown to stop O’Shea, who tricked his way round a couple of challenges to create an opening.

After some good tracking back to win the ball, Doyle then shot wide of the target.

A good ball from Penn released McGlashan who went to ground under the challenge of Hunphreys, but the referee waved away their protests.

McGlashan had a glorious opportunity to send the visitors away with a point but he delayed his shot and a combination of Darikwa and Talbot recovered to clear the danger.

Chesterfield’s defenders were furious with the linesman as there was more than a hint of offside.

Edwards and Hird again had to sustain late pressure to shut the opposition out.

Doyle got his second goal of the week to make the points safe in the 90th minute with a low drive that took a slight deflection on its way into the net.