Ian Evatt's first match in caretaker charge of Chesterfield ended in defeat, as Wycombe Wanderers emerged 2-1 winners at the Proact this afternoon.
The Spireites went ahead six minutes before half-time when Bradley Barry’s shot rebounded off the post and went in off the helpless Michael Harriman.
Nathan Tyson’s deft touch in first-half added time levelled the score, and then midfielder, Dominic Gape slammed home the visitors’ winner with 15 minutes remaining, sealing promotion for Gareth Ainsworth’s men.
After a tentative opening 15 minutes from both sides, the game finally sprung into life with both sides having numerous opportunities to score.
The first chance of the game went to Wycombe, as Matthew Bloomfield’s shot went narrowly wide of Aaron Ramsdale’s near-post. Bloomfield had another chance to score but his shot was heroically blocked on the edge of the area by Joe Rowley.
The Spireites then had their first chance of the afternoon, after a swift counter-attack allowed Jerome Binnom-Williams to cut the ball back for Louis Dodds to strike first time, only for Chairboys goalkeeper Scott Brown to tip behind for a corner.
Halfway through the first-half Wycombe enjoyed a dangerous spell and were unlucky not to score. First, Joe Jacobson’s curling free-kick was smartly pushed behind for a corner by Ramsdale. From the resulting corner, the ball ricocheted around inside the area, fortunately just going wide of the Spireites post for a goal kick.
Louis Dodds was denied the opportunity to score on the half hour mark, after George Smith’s cross into the area fell at the feet of Dennis who teed up his team mate, only for Wycombe captain Adam El-Abd to block his goal bound effort.
Minutes later, Bradley Barry’s hanging cross was met by the head of Binnom-Williams which missed the target.
Town’s goal finally came when after Dennis had picked up a loose ball in midfield, he fed Barry who advanced into the area and then saw his shot hit the post which rebounded off Harriman and into the net.
Tyson then levelled for the visitors in first half stoppage time, after Luke O’Nien crossed and the veteran striker got the faintest of touches to score.
Wycombe’s Sido Jombati was involved in all the action at the beginning of the second-half. First, his header was heading towards the bottom corner, only to be denied by the outstretched arm of Ramsdale.
Then his teasing cross deceived everyone in the penalty area and Tyson nearly doubled his account for the afternoon.
Binnom-Williams had Chesterfield’s first chance of the second-half which he blazed harmlessly over the bar. Minutes later, Binnom-Williams’ cross was met by Kristian Dennis whose header went wide of the target.
Wycombe then took the lead with 15 minutes left to play, Joe Jacobson’s swinging corner wasn’t cleared by the Chesterfield defence and Dominic Gape thundered the ball past the helpless Ramsdale.
Chesterfield had then had two good opportunities to level the game. Laurence Maguire’s looping volley hit the top of the Wycombe crossbar and then substitute Jak McCourt crossed for Dodds whose header went wide of the far post.
Louis Reed nearly levelled in injury time when his shot from 25-yards out went over the agonisingly over the cross bar. That proved to be the final action of the match, as the visitors held on for victory and with it secured promotion.
Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Binnom-Williams (Ugwu 71’), Talbot (C), Dodds (Brown 87’), Dennis, Nelson, Reed, Barry, Maguire, Smith, Rowley (McCourt 77’).
Subs: Anyon, Sinnott, Whitmore, Weir.
Wycombe Wanderers: Brown, Jombati, Jacobson, Gape, El-Abd, Bloomfield (Saunders 87’), Harriman, O’Nien, Tyson, Williams (Cowan-Hall 67’), Mackail-Smith
Subs: Ma-Kalambay, Akinfenwa, McGinley, Kashket, Bean.
Attendance: 5,679 (1,131 Wycombe supporters)