Kristian Dennis' 21st goal of the season was enough to give Chesterfield a 1-0 win over Newport County, in their final home match of the season at the Proact.
Dennis nodded home from close range, after Louis Dodds had put in a lovely cross from the right flank.
Both teams pushed for a second goal of the game, but Dennis' solitary header was enough to give Ian Evatt a first win as caretaker manager.
This first half was an evenly contested one in which both sides struggled to impose themselves and failed to find penetration in the final third.
The first chance fell to the hosts ten minutes in. Tyler Reid on the right-hand side pulled back for Josh Sheehan who kept his first-time shot low, forcing Aaron Ramsdale into a good save across to his left, tipping the ball wide of the post.
A few minutes later Chesterfield had their first real effort. A corner was cleared but returned into the box to Bradley Barry whose looping header went over.
Shortly afterwards, Sheehan had another attempt at Ramsdale’s goal. After a good passing move, a neat ball was threaded through to Sheehan, but his shot wasn’t powerful enough to trouble Ramsdale who held comfortably.
A minute later the Spireites had their first effort on goal. From George Smith’s free-kick, Sid Nelson rose the highest and aimed his header low, but it was comfortably held by keeper Joe Day.
Chesterfield then missed two chances in quick succession. A neat through ball sent Barry clean down the right side and he pulled it back to Andy Kellett on the edge of the box whose drilled effort was blocked. Dodds then put the follow-up over the bar.
Minutes from the half-time break, Newport missed their best chance of the half thanks to a spectacular clearance. Robbie Willmott, on the stretch, looped the ball over the onrushing Ramsdale, but fortunately Nelson was able to hook the ball away on the line. Nelson was forced to leave the field after colliding with a post when making the clearance.
After an initially slow start to the second half, half-time substitute Jacob Brown made his presence known. After a good run down the left he cut inside and let fly, but his effort went narrowly wide of the upright.
Moments later, Brown had another attempt from the same position. Cutting inside from the left, this time he forced Day into a smart save down low to his left.
Brown was proving a menace to the Newport defence. He wriggled his way to the by-line and aimed a dangerous cross with the ball flashing across the face of goal, but Dennis was unable to reach it with his head.
The Spireites were getting closer. From a corner, Brown found space but looped his header onto the roof of the net.
Chesterfield’s persistence was finally rewarded in the 70th minute. A superb cross was aimed deep into the box and Dennis guided the ball into the net from point-blank range to claim his 21st goal of the season.
Almost from the kick-off, Newport missed a golden opportunity to equalise. Amond was sent clean through, however his effort was not powerful enough to trouble Ramsdale who held comfortably down to his right.
Ten minutes from time, the Spireites went close when a superb long ball from Louis Reed found Dodds at point-blank range who forced Day into a good reaction save at his near post.
Minutes later, Day again had to be alert to deny the hosts a second. Jerome Binnom-Williams made an outstanding run, wriggling his way to the edge of the box where he teed up Dodds who forced Day into a superb save down low to his right. Dennis on the follow up was denied by another smart save from Day.
In the dying minutes, Newport rallied and applied pressure, but the Spireites held firm and saw out the win.
Spireites: Ramsdale, Maguire, Nelson, Barry, Dennis, Dodds, Kellett, Reed, Binnom-Williams, Smith
Subs: Anyon, Brown, Whitmore, Rowley, Weir, Holmes, McCourt
Newport: Day, Butler, White, Willmott, Dolan, Amond, Nouble, Reid, Demetriou, Sheehan, Collins
Subs: Bittner, Pipe, Jackson, Foulston, Touray, Jahraldo-Martin, Hayes
Attendance: 4,608 (79 from Newport)