MATCH REPORT: Dennis nets again, but Spireites lose at Cambridge

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Top scorer Kristian Dennis continued his fine start to the season as Chesterfield fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Cambridge United this afternoon.

Dennis recently revealed he would trade his goals for a better league position for the struggling Spireites.

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And it was another case of Dennis scoring and the struggling Spireites tasting defeat.

The 27-year-old hit his ninth of the campaign to put the Spireites on course for their first successive away league wins in close on 18 months.

But an eight-minute double from Jeavani Brown and top scorer Uche Ikpeazu stole the spoils on a blustery afternoon at the Abbey Stadium.

The goals were once again disappointing to concede and it is the manner in which the defence switch off that will worry boss Jack Lester.

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After breaking his league duck last time out at Crawley Town, new boss Lester understandably named the same starting line-up.

It was a slow opening 45 minutes as both sides struggled to force any clear-cut chances.

Joe Anyon had a simple save to make early on to keep out George Marris, but did not have much else to do before the break.

The Spireites got into better positions with the ball but are still lacking that real creative cutting edge.

Hosts Cambridge did have the ball in the net, but it was way after the whistle was blown for a foul on Anyon by skipper Leon Legge.

The visitors were caught in possession with Jaco Ibehre missing a great chance to take the lead when he fired over.

Anyon was indebted to a deflection to turn Piero Mingoia’s goal-bound shot over before Brown poked wide.

After the break the Spireites found themselves ahead.

Scott Wiseman was visibly disappointed to be hauled off for Matt Briggs, but it was Briggs who unlocked the door.

The wing-back powered his way to the hosts’ byline and whipped the ball in to leave Dennis the simplest of tap-ins to give Lester’s men the lead in the 55th minute.

But after providing the assists, Briggs was caught out twice for the goals.

He gave away the foul that saw Brown beautifully fire a free-kick beyond Anyon on 70 minutes.

And just eight minutes later he was beaten down the wing with Ikpeazu bundling home after a decent double save from Anyon.

CAMBRIDGE: Forde, Halliday, Taylor, Legge, Carroll, Mingoia (Elito, 65), Deegan, Brown, Maris (Dunk, 65), Ikpeazu, Ibehre. Unused subs: Mitov, O’Neil, Howkins, Taft, Foy.

CHESTERFIELD: Anyon, Wiseman (Briggs, 53), Hird, Evatt, Kellett (Dimaio, 59), Barry, Weir (De Girolamo, 83), Reed, Flores, Rowley, Dennis. Unused subs: Jones, Maguire, Sinnott, McCourt.

ATTENDANCE: 4,529 (422 away).

REFEREE: John Busby.