The big talking points as Chesterfield move top of National League with win at Yeovil Town
Chesterfield extended their unbeaten start to the season to seven games to go top of the National League with a 2-0 win at Yeovil Town.
Both goals came in the first-half at Huish Park on Saturday from Manny Oyeleke and Kabongo Tshimanga.
It does not mean a great deal to be in first position at this stage but you can bet the other 22 teams in the division would not turn it down.
To go seven games undefeated in this league is no easy feat and to start the season in this way makes it even more impressive.
The Spireites, along with Notts County and Grimsby, are the only three teams to not have lost so far.
Victory here made it five wins and two draws from seven matches and it was goal number seven for Tshimanga.
This was Chesterfield’s fifth clean sheet of the campaign already and they are still yet to concede a goal on their travels.
James Rowe’s men have conceded the least amount of goals (four) so far which shows their success is built on solid foundations.
Rowe has previously said that you can’t win the title in the first seven games but you can certainly lose it so they have ticked that objective. Just the small matter of another 37 matches to go!
Not for the first time this season Chesterfield were clinical in both boxes away from home.
The Blues’ ruthlessness came to the surface for both their goals in Somerset.
Yeovil’s Josh Staunton bundled the ball in from close-range on 16 minutes after Scott Loach dropped a corner delivery but referee Daniel Lamport ruled the Chesterfield goalkeeper had been fouled.
Just three minutes later the visitors were in front when Manny Oyeleke’s strike from inside the area smashed against the post before rebounding out and hitting former Spireites goalkeeper Grant Smith on its way in.
For the second goal, just moments after Jamie Grimes cleared off the line from Tom Knowles, a long kick by Loach carried all the way through to Tshimanga to finish on 36 minutes.
Chesterfield had two other chances before and after the opener from Oyeleke when Smith saved a header from Carline before then denying Tshimanga.
With captain Gavin Gunning forced off at half-time with a broken nose, the Blues dug in after the break and made sure they did not do anything silly to let Yeovil back into it.
The Glovers put Town under pressure in the first part of the second-half, winning several corners in succession, but again the Spireites restricted a team to mainly shots from outside the box.
Chesterfield might have had a third when Liam Mandeville created a chance for himself when he danced past a couple of Yeovil players and made his way into the box before firing over.
The long journey back for the 238 travelling Spireites fans will have seemed a lot shorter with another three points in the bag.
MORE TO COME
Let’s not forget that Yeovil had won three on the bounce before kick-off and Chesterfield succeeded here without the likes of Laurence Maguire, Jack Clarke, Danny Rowe and Akwasi Asante. Frightening.
(3-4-1-2) Loach; Kerr, Gunning (King, 46) Grimes; Carline, Weston, Oyeleke (McCourt, 75), Miller (Whittle, 65); Mandeville; Payne, Tshimanga. Unused subs: Minter, Khan.