Chesterfield 'not getting carried away' despite moving back into National League play-offs after win against rivals Bromley

Chesterfield boss James Rowe said they are ‘not getting carried away’ after moving back into the play-off positions - but admitted the win against rivals Bromley was ‘massive’.

By Liam Norcliffe
Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 12:28 pm

Goals from Jack Clarke and George Carline either side of Jude Arthurs’ strike secured an impressive victory at Hayes Lane for the Spireites who move up two places to sixth ahead of Bank Holiday clashes against high-flying Hartlepool United and Torquay United.

After the game Rowe reiterated his ‘promotion, not play-offs’ message.

“We are not getting carried away, it is three points, we need to get to a certain target to get in the play-offs but it is not about the play-offs, it is about promotion,” he said.

Chesterfield boss James Rowe.

“Of course it is pleasing to go from second bottom to sixth but we have got two quick succession games and we need to utilise the squad.”

After a goalless first-half, Clarke scored his first Town goal six minutes after the break when he pinched the ball off Bromley captain Chris Bush and fired into the top corner.

A rare mistake from Blues goalkeeper Grant Smith handed Bromley an equaliser when he passed the ball straight to Arthurs who chipped into an empty net.

But Carline followed Clarke in firing in his first goal for the club when he met Joel Taylor’s cross at the far post with 14 minutes to go.

Stopper Smith redeemed himself with a superb save late on.

“We knew what the stakes were tonight, we could not let them beat us and we have deserved the victory,” Rowe added.

“It is massive. We put ourselves under pressure with the last results but the performances have been there.

“It was a really good performance.

“When the mistake (from Smith) happened I thought ‘here we go again, we haven’t got our just rewards’ but we stuck at it and showed character.

“We know in that changing room in the last five games we have not got the points return our performances deserved so credit to the lads.

“Grant has pulled off a worldie at the end which shows his strength of character and it just shows what we have got in that changing room.

“If we had come away with one point out of the two games it would have been a travesty.”