Manager John Sheridan opted for minimum disruption to his Chesterfield side, doing no more than replacing the suspended Derek Niven with Ian Morris for the trip to Aldershot. With Dean Morgan being unable to travel through injury, The Spireites went into the game with six substitutes instead of the customary seven.
Chesterfield elected to set the home side kicking towards their own fans and the Shots kicked off, pressing early with the dangerous Glenn Little playing just behind the front two. The home side won two early corners but the danger passed when Straker lashed the second of these over the bar. Craig Davies worked the ball into the Shots' penalty box and tried to lay it in for Lester, but the ball was cleared before reaching Jack. Back to the other end in an entertaining opening five minutes, Straker had another shot at goal.
Chesterfield won their first corner on 6 after Morris's cross was blocked into touch. Whitaker's kick came to Hunt on the edge of the area but he sliced his shot wide.Lee and Ford combined to clear after the former Spireite Wade Small had tried to play Morgan in on 10.
Chesterfield nearly took the lead on 11 when Talbot's cross was hacked against the Aldershot bar by defender Ben Herd. Mattis slipped close to his own goal and the ball slithered out for Aldershot's third corner, on 21. Lester was back in defence to head the ball away. Small got away after intercepting a poor Mattis ball on 27 but Lomax dispossessed Little in fine style to end the danger. An inviting Talbot ball on the half hour tempted Craig Davies to slide in but he couldn't quite make the required contact.
Little cut the ball towards Straker at the near post on 34 and Small threatened, but Mattis cleared. Herd's cross was cleared by Lee for a corner on 35. Straker's flag kick was too fierce for anyone to get on the end of it. Hunt was caught in possession on 36 and Morgan crossed, but his cross lacked the accuracy to find Small in the Spireites' danger area. Davies drilled a ball over the top across the goal with his left foot on 43 but the ball sped out for a throw. Refreee Grant Hegley had to lecture four players after an off-the ball dispute between ford and Small escalated.
Halftime: 0-0. Attendance 2,479
Small provided an early scare in the second half by driving Aldershot's best chance so far across the Spireite goal. Little went closer on 48 when curling a shot narrowly wide. Both defences sustained pressure as the game continued to swing from end to end. Lomax conceded a free kick for upending McGlashlan deep in Chesterfield territory on 55 but Lee dealt with the cross well.
Chesterfield took the lead from nowhere on the hour. A Shots move broke down after Gutteridge's free kick and the ball was quickly worked forward; CRAIG DAVIES came upon it and struck it in his customary assurance from around eight yards to leave Young in the Aldershot net looking bewildered.
Before the Shots kicked off, Dean Smalley came on for Ian Morris.
Chesterfield added a second within three minutes. Craig Davies began it, heading the ball on to Lester; Jack worked it to DANNY WHITAKER on the edge of the box, and the free-scoring midfielder converted with assurance.
Aldershot replaced Glenn Little with Ben Harding after 65 minutes. Danny Hilton came on for McGlashlan a minute or so later. Jack Lester was rested by the introduction of Scott Boden on 67. Hilton set up Morgan on 70 but the ball was blocked by a joint effort between Allott and Mattis for a corner. Chesterfield broke quickly through Davies, who turned Vincent with ease, but hiscrafty chip cleared both the keeper and the crossbar.
Chesterfield brought their corner count level with their goals one on 75. Whitaker's flag kick came to Allott, and Talbot, before Smalley was fouled thirty yards out. Before the kick was taken Marvin Morgan was replaced by Marlon Jackson. Whitaker took the free kick and Davies returned it towards Boden, whose clean header was well held by Young.
Craig Davies dragged a shot narrowly wide from around thirty yards as the game entered its last ten minutes. Hilton got round Talbot and shot narrowly wide, but Lee must have fingertipped it as the ref awarded a corner with the Shots men trotting back for a goal kick! Aldershot's ninth corner quickly followed but Boden headed away from the near post. Vincent had two goes at the loose ball but both were blocked. Lomax bravely headed away with Hilton prowling. Aldershot were enjoying all of the late possession but Chesterfield were frustrating them, and did not look like conceding any late goal. With stoppage time almost up, Jordan Bowery was brought out of Mr. Sheridan's Naughty Corner to replace Craig Davies.