LiveRecap: Chesterfield return to winning ways with thumping win against Woking
The big games keep on coming for the Spireites as they travel to Woking today (3pm KO).
Chesterfield’s form has dipped recently but a win this afternoon could get them back in the top seven.
The hosts, who are struggling massively with no wins in their last seven, are without a number of key players through injury and furlough.
Liam Norcliffe is at the game and will have all the build-up, team news, match updates and reaction. Remember to keep refreshing the page for the latest.
Woking v Chesterfield: LIVE UPDATES
Last updated: Saturday, 08 May, 2021, 21:21
- FT: Woking 1 v 4 Chesterfield
- Goals from Gaving Gunning, Marcus Dinanga, George Carline and Jack Clarke give Town win
- Hosts scored penalty to make it 1-2
- Fraser Kerr goes off injured in first-half with ankle injury
- Blues move up to eighth, one point off the play-offs
- Five changes to line-up as Montgomery, Weston, Whelan, Rowley and Dinanga replaced G.Smith, Whittle, M.Smith, Mandeville and Mitchell.
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Back to winning ways for Town today.
King’s Lynn Town at home on Tuesday next up.
Chesterfield returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory at Woking on Saturday.
Final thoughts from fan writer Ben
Full time then and it does finish Woking 1-4 Chesterfield.
That’s exactly the sort of result that the Spireites needed. A comfortable, dominant and for the large part straightforward victory which keeps them in play-off contention and can hopefully act as a catalyst for a winning run heading into the closing stages of the season.
Of course it should be acknowledged that today’s hosts put in a rather sub-standard display, particularly defensively, and their frailties at the back, especially when defending set plays, essentially handed Town the game in the first half. That said, you can only beat the side that are up against you, and James Rowe’s men certainly did that today, and that has to be seen as a positive.
There are areas where improvement may still be needed though. As discussed at half-time, Woking had a chance to level the game at 2-2 in the first forty-five and had they done so, it could well have been a very different game. Of course, none of that ultimately matters now, but against stronger opposition, which the Spireites will inevitably have to face if they are to get promoted, things may need to be tighter defensively. Perhaps though, with the loss of Fraser Kerr through injury and the disruption that caused, you can afford to cut Town some slack in that regard.
Overall, a 4-1 victory away from home is always a brilliant outcome, regardless of the quality of the opposition, therefore James Rowe and his side can consider this afternoon’s game a job very well done. There’s certainly some progress that could still be made in some areas, but today’s performance and scoreline represent undeniable progress from a Chesterfield perspective and with today’s result, Town have kept themselves in contention, and that’s all any Spireite wanted coming into this match. On to the next one!
James Rowe was not totally satisfied with Chesterfield’s performance despite scoring four goals in the win against Woking and said he does not want the Spireites to ‘forget their ‘identity.’
It’s all over!
FT: Woking 1 v 4 Chesterfield
Town return to winning ways and close the gap on the top seven.
Reaction coming up.
Two minutes added
Clarke arrives late in the box to turn in Rowe’s cross from the right. 1-4. Two minutes to go.
Is struggling with a groin injury, he wants to come off but then he realises Town have made all their subs. He gets up off the floor and carries on.
Montgomery saves again, this time from Cooper from inside the area. Town need to see this one out.
Drags a shot wide after Clarke played him in.
Moments later he fires wide again.
Less than 10 minutes to go, 1-3.
Final Town sub
Whelan off, Clarke on.
Important save from Montgomery with his legs to deny Robinson from close-range after a great turn in the box.
Has just made his way into the stand with a protective boot on his foot after going off injured in the first 45. Doesn’t look good.
Dinanga fires wide from the edge of the box.
Less than half ab hour to go
Still 1-3. This half is less open. Bit scrappy. Town just need to see this one out.