A gritty display by Chesterfield Panthers saw them return from a foggy Grimsby with a well-earned four points in a 5-0 win in the Midlands Division Three East (North).
Further injuries hampered Panthers’ preparations and forced head coach Derrick Sherlock in to a re-shuffle in the line-up.
The visitors were on the back foot straight away following a two-week break from action but the defence stood strong.
Grimsby had flown out of the traps early on but Panthers slowly began to stem the tide and were able to find the breakthrough.
A spell of possession deep in to the opposition half put pressure on the hosts who cracked when they killed the ball illegally.
Chesterfield captain Chris Ward pinned Grimsby in and from a scrummage Chris Windle picked up, off-loaded to scrum half Eric Wright.
Wright bulldozed through and handed off two defenders to touch down in the corner for a precious five points. Ward was unable to add the extras in difficult conditions.
Errors slowed the game down considerably and after some encouraging words from Sherlock at half-time Panthers began the second half well.
They turned the tables on the hosts during the opening exchanges and a resolute defensive display saw Chesterfield return to North Derbyshire with the win.
Rob Davison, Jamie Barnett, Glenn Grayson and Tye Rose were stand-out performers with Barnett taking the man of the match honours.
Skipper Ward was pleased with the result which moved Chesterfield in to fifth - two points shy of this Saturday’s opponents Kesteven.
He said: “We did what we needed to do on Saturday and ground out a result in poor conditions.
“With players out of position we put in an outstanding defensive effort to leave Grimsby with nothing to show for the majority of possession.”
Panthers: Jones, Davison, Allen, Barnett, Doyle, Brailsford, Kennedy, Windle, Wright, Ward (c), J. Grayson, Bunting, Rose, Cawthorne, (G) Grayson. Subs: Teagle, Whitmore.