A record attendance for the B2net Stadium saw a rampant Chesterfield cruise into a 4-0 lead, with Davies and Lester dominant, before a late scare was provided with three Shrews goals in eleven minutes. Regular visitors to the B2net have come to expect this as normal!
John Sheridan made three changes to the starting line-up that brought three fine points back from Wycombe last Saturday. Jack Lester made an expected return; Mark Allott was welcomed back after injury and Dan Gray came in to claim the right-back place vacated by the suspended Jack Hunt.
Play started at a fine pace, with the Spireites obviously switched completely on from the moment the first whistle went.
There was an early shout for a penalty when Lester went down between two players in the box and the referee encouraged things by apparently pointing to the spot, but it was just his way of showing "play on!"
Wright broke onto Obadeyi's neat pass on 8 and Mattis was forced to cut the cross out for the game's first corner, which Sharps headed a foot or so over. Mark Wright went into the book on 11 for a foul on Talbot that left the Chesterfield man needing treatment.
Dan Gray showed composure to hold the ball in his own box before picking out Davies with a pass. The Welsh international shot over the bar from around 25 yards. Cansdell-Sherriff was booked on 20 for baulking Jack Lester as he attempted a quick throw. A fine Niven tackle launched an attack on 23 that ended with Davies firing narrowly wide.
Lovely work from Lester on 27 led to his shooting wide as he appeared to go down under a nudge and Shrewsbury were in the Spireite box seconds later, Lee getting down to gather a cross safely. Chesterfield pressed, taking the lead on the half-hour. A fine Gray cross just cleared Lester's head; Shrewsbury didn't clear, though, and Whitaker found Lester, who slipped the ball in to the path of DREW TALBOT, who fired home on the angle from around ten yards.
Whitaker's cross shot was deflected for a 35th-minute corner that was eventually cleared. Lester turned and earned a foul on the edge of the visitors' box; the ball was taken short to Whitaker, who tried to lift the ball a few feet before firing wide. Shrewsbury won another corner when Griffiths headed out a Wright cross. Obadeyi headed the flag kick over.
Chesterfield extended their lead on 41 when Gray's cross to the near post was met by the head of JACK LESTER, who flicked it past Neal in the Shrewsbury goal. Three minutes later CRAIG DAVIES picked the ball up on the corner of the Shrews area and absolutely hammered the ball across Neal and into the net to make the score 3-0. Davies was unfortunately yellow-carded for taking his shirt off in celebration.
Halftime: Spireites 3 Shrews 0.
Attendance: 7,777 (666 from Shrewsbury)
The Shrews won an early corner that Sharps headed goalwards, but Allott hacked the ball away conclusively. Holden was booked for a foul on Whitaker that Neal flipped out for a corner. Robinson won one at the other end on 53; the cleared ball was crossed back to Sharps at the far post, whose header was turned over by Lee for another corner, which was cleared safely.
A lovely through-ball from Lester to Talbot set up a cross that CRAIG DAVIES slid in to turn into the net from close range, to take the lead to 4-0. Any "dubious goals" panel might well have seen a strong element of "OG" in the final contact as the forward and a defender slid together, but Craig's presence caused it and the credit should be his. Whitaker went into the book on 65 for a late challenge on Holden.
Shrewsbury pulled a double-substitution on 67, McIntyre and Leslie being brought on for McAlister and Ainsworth. Obadeyi's drive was spilled by Lee on 70 after Gray had been caught in possession, but the young defender recovered to prevent Wright from doing anything with the rebound beyond passing it to a grateful Lee. Tommy pulled off a fine tumbling save to deny Obadeyi from close range on 72.
Van Den Broek replaced Robinson on 77. Bowery and Morris replaced Allott and Lester, who left to a huge roar of appreciation from the crowd. Wright took a pass from Van Den Broek on 79 and fired into the Chesterfield goal from the edge of the area to make it 4-1. Shrews won a corner after Obadeyi was tackled by Ford and Talbot broke from it.
Scott Boden came on for Davies after 85 minutes. McIntyre ran through the home defence on 89 to score a second for the Shrews. A Disley header from a Leslie cross made it 4-3 and a slightly frenetic last few minutes was safely played out to keep the points in Chesterfield and keep the Spireites on top of the league.