Chesterfield convincingly dismantled Sky Bet League One side Doncaster Rovers in their final pre-season game at the Proact.
Kristian Dennis, Delial Brewster, Gozie Ugwu and Reece Mitchell scored the goals in an entertaining friendly, which saw Doncaster forward Alfie May sent-off for violent conduct in the first half.
The Spireites had to wait until after the break to open the scoring despite a dominant first half display.
Dennis was the quickest to react in the 55th minute after his first attempt hit the post following Ugwu’s knock down.
Dion Donohue jinked past two defenders on the left flank in the 71st minute, before he allowed Brewster a simple tap-in inside the area with a fine cross.
Ugwu (83) added the third, with a powerful strike that substitute goalkeeper Louis Jones couldn’t react quick enough to. Mitchell then rounded off the scoring five minutes from time, combining with fellow substitute Paul McGinn on the right-hand side of the area and caressing the ball into the bottom corner.
May’s controversial stamp on full-back Bradley Barry came in the 38th minute, which capped off an eventful few minutes for the forward. He originally clashing with Jordan Sinnott, with May’s late challenge resulting in a yellow card.
Nevertheless, Gary Caldwell’s men looked the sharper of the two sides, even when they both had 11 men on the field. The Spireites demonstrated their expansive free-flowing football, which time and time again cut open the Doncaster defence.
On-loan midfielder Louis Reed, who showed his class by dictating play in the middle of the park, also tested Doncaster goalkeeper Marko Marosi on a couple of occasions with efforts from outside the box.
A well-worked move saw trialist Robbie Weir link up with Dennis and allowed Chris O’Grady the chance to shoot on the edge of the area, which Marosi smartly tipped over.
O’Grady showed his power to shrug off Niall Mason as he darted down the left hand side, sending in a cross that strike partner Ugwu headed wide.
Sinnott also went very close in the second half after Marosi saved twice from close range attempts.
It was a performance to delight the Chesterfield fans and they’ll be hoping Caldwell’s men can carry on were they left off when they host Grimsby Town on the opening day of the Sky Bet League Two season next Saturday.
Chesterfield: Anyon (Lee), Barry (Mitchell), Hird, Evatt (Maguire), Donohue, Sinnott (McGinn), Weir (McCourt), Reed, Dennis (Brewster), O’Grady (Wakefield), Ugwu.
Sub not used: Dimaio