LiveRecap: Chesterfield win fourth game on bounce with victory at Eastleigh
Chesterfield travel to play-off chasing rivals Eastleigh today (3pm).
The Spireites have won their last three, a run which has taken them up to seventh.
Eastleigh are two places and two points behind the Spireites so could go above them with a win this afternoon.
The Blues won the reverse fixture, which took place exactly one month ago today, 1-0.
Liam Norcliffe is at the game and will have all the build-up, team news, updates and reaction so stay with us.
Eastleigh V Chesterfield: RECAP
Last updated: Friday, 02 April, 2021, 20:58
- FT: Eastleigh 0 v 1 Chesterfield
- Liam Mandeville nets winner on 61 minutes
- Haydn Hollis goes off with achilles injury after half an hour
- Spireites go sixth after fourth straight win
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Four wins on the bounce and Town go sixth.
Are you starting to believe?
Liam Mandeville’s first goal of the season sealed a fourth win on the bounce for the promotion-chasing Spireites at Eastleigh.
Chesterfield's win against Eastleigh overshadowed by 'serious' injury to Haydn Hollis - Rowe reaction
Chesterfield’s fourth straight win was overshadowed by a ‘serious’ injury to defender Haydn Hollis.
Final thoughts from fan writer Ben
There it is! Full time and it’s finished Eastleigh 0-1 Chesterfield. Wow. The Spireites just keep finding a way don’t they?
Similarly to the Weymouth game previous to this one, I don’t think we saw the full extent of what Town are capable of, particularly going forward, but again they’ve managed to secure the victory. It was probably just about deserved, as I would argue Chesterfield were the better side in the second half by a greater margin than The Spitfires were in the first.
Of course, there’s still work to do, and I’m sure James Rowe will still be looking to make his side a more consistent attacking threat, but they were once again solid at the back. That’s four clean sheets in a row for Town now, and a side that solid doesn’t necessarily need to always look like scoring a hatful of goals. What also shouldn’t be understated is the obstacle presented by the injury to Haydn Hollis in the first-half. With no defensive players on the bench, Rowe was forced to reshuffle his pack and subsequently, his side’s game plan was likely somewhat disrupted. To overcome this, to stay organised and to secure three points is a feat that deserves a great deal of respect, and displays further the mental strength and adaptability of this group of players.
Overall, it’s three more vital points on the road for Town as they continue their winning run, as well as their run without conceding. There’s certainly still gains to be made, but Chesterfield are so far navigating a tricky period with flying colours, and that can only be seen as a positive. A pleasing afternoon all-in-all.
FT: Eastleigh 0 v 1 Chesterfield
Liam Mandeville’s second-half acrobatic finish secures Chesterfield’s fourth straight win and fourth clean sheet on the bounce. Town move up one to sixth.
It’s a very Good Friday for the Spireites.
Four minutes added
Five to go
Town are defending well and sticking to their jobs. Eastleigh have not really created a clear-cut chance since the Blues went ahead.
Almost meets Smith’s corner from the right. 10 to go. 0-1.
Final Town sub as Whelan is replaced by Clarke with 15 to go
Goal reaction from fan writer Ben
Get in there! It’s a bit scrappy, but who cares? The Spireites are in front! In windy conditions, the long throw possessed by George Carline was always likely to cause a bit of uncertainty, and it certainly did there. It pin-balled around for a while before it eventually fell to Liam Mandeville, who acrobatically turned it home with a classy finish. It had been a better half so far from Town, and they’ve got their reward for being able to apply more pressure upon their hosts in this second forty-five. If they could see it out here, it would be another hard-fought, crucial three points. A big half-hour or so to come.
Almost a second for Town
Tyson is denied by McDonnell from about eight yards on his left foot after a lovely weighted pass by Mandeville.
For Yarney. 25 to go. 0-1.
The sub finishes acrobatically at the far post after Eastleigh failed to deal with Carline’s long throw from the right.
The Spireites have upped the tempo this half and had more pressure in Eastleigh’s half.
Just over an hour gone.
For Martin Smith. He is forced to make a foul after giving the ball away with the hosts looking to break.