Spireites FT: Chesterfield 3 Bristol Rovers 1

Spireites celebrate Sam Morsy's goal
Spireites celebrate Sam Morsy's goal
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Sam Morsy led the way as Chesterfield triumphed again, this time with a home win over Bristol Rovers.

Chesterfield have started quickly in their previous two games to secure back -to-back away victories and today was no different.

Chesterfield v Bristol Eoin doyle goal

Chesterfield v Bristol Eoin doyle goal

Spireites went ahead with their first meaningful attack of the game, which was just about as straightforward as it gets.

A long ball forward by Lee was flicked on by Banks to Roberts, who cut inside his marker and found Doyle breaking through. The striker, rather unselfishly, cut the ball back to MORSY who had the simple task of slotting the ball from 10 yards past a helpless Mildenhall in the visitors’ goal for his first for the club.

Rovers, unlike York on Tuesday night, were comfortable in possession and when Harrold switched the ball out to Smith on the right edge of the penatly area, he cut inside Humphreys and attempted to curl one into the far corner of the goal only for Morsy to block.

The goalscorer slotted in alongside Evatt briefly while Cooper was getting bandaged up after a knock to the head and he was again perfectly positioned to swipe clear after a goalmouth scramble.

Ryan squeezed a precise through ball to Roberts, which evaded Parkes’ sliding challenge, and, as the winger attempted to cut back on his left foot, Smith covered well and dispossessed.

Parkes, at the other end of the pitch, was first to test Lee in the hosts’ goal when he curled a shot from the edge of the area which the Chesterfield keeper easily scooped up.

The wind whistled its way from the south end up the pitch, which aided Lee’s kicking, but made it difficult for either set of players to judge the flight of the ball.

A succession of corners flew to the back post for Chesterfield but Evatt could do nothing more than head the ball back in to play.

Spireites tried to get the ball down at every opportunity and, following their opponents’ example, Rovers strung a neat move together which resulted in them levelling matters with an unstoppable effort from BROWN.

Harrold again was central to the move which saw the ball find its way to the left wing for Brown to step in on his right foot and curl a precise strike in to the top corner of the net. Lee had no chance.

Chesterfield looked to respond immediately and they were close to doing so when a long clearance forward deceived the Bristol centre-halves, but the ball just ran away from Doyle who was at full stretch.

Spireites didn’t have to wait too much longer to get themselves back in front. Roberts shimmied past Smith and cut the ball back for BANKS to roll the ball past Mildenhall from inside the six yard box to send the hosts in ahead at the break.

Many spectators were still making their way back to their seats when the Spireites went further ahead straight after the re-start. Roberts capitalised on a defensive mistake and played in DOYLE who slotted past Mildenhall to make it 3-1 to the hosts.

Beardsley fired wide of Lee’s right hand post from the edge of the area as the visitors looked to find a quick response. Substitute Harrison almost latched on to O’Toole’s pass, but the wind got hold of the ball and Lee mopped up. Banks tried his luck from a set piece on the angle though Mildenhall was equal to it and pushed the ball to safety.

The visitors’ keeper had to be quick off his line to dive at the feet of Roberts from Doyle’s through ball and, when the ball fell for Banks, McChrystal was on hand to get a toe to it.

Lockyer sent a header narrowly past Lee’s right hand post before Clarke’s powerful strike rose over the bar.

Doyle came close with a rasping volley after a goalmouth scramble before he was replaced by Gnanduillet. Banks made way for Richards.

Rovers pressed and Cooper had to be brave to block Beardsley’s fierce volley. The danger wasn’t cleared and when Smith crossed from the right Harrison headed wide of Lee’s left hand post. Roberts fired wide under pressure from Clarke. A fourth very nearly came when Gnanduillet held the ball up on halfway, turned and ran at the visitors’ defence. He squared the ball to Morsy, who moved it right again to substitute O’Shea who looked to place it but his effort struck the bar.