The Spireites were beaten 2-1 by Dover Athletic in their opening National League fixture. Two late goals from substitute Alfie Pavey cancelled out Scott Boden’s strike late in the second half.
Dover came close to taking the lead in the first five minutes. Inih Effiong pulled the ball back to Michael Woods, who forced Shwan Jalal into a brilliant save from his long-range effort.
The Spireites were denied a penalty much to the dismay of the home supporters after Liam Mandeville went down in the box.
Mandeville threatened again as his clever turn took Woods by surprise. Mandeville linked up with Scott Boden, but the final pass didn’t cause Dover a threat.
Around five minutes before the end of the first half Dover captain Kevin Lokko latched onto Jack Munn’s delivery but headed well over Jalal’s goal.
Dover were the first of the two sides to create a chance in the second half. Josh Passley’s cross found Steven Rigg but he was unable to convert.
Chesterfield then carved out a chance of their own with Mandeville’s shot from the right whistling just past the post.
Lee Worgan was forced into a save ten minutes into the second half. Boden’s cross was punched into the direction of Mandeville, however, his shot was unable to beat Worgan in the Dover goal.
The Spireites nearly broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute. A great turn once again by Mandeville dummied the Dover defender, he played the ball back to Boden whose shot was blocked.
Chesterfield opened the scoring in the 72nd minute, after some patient build-up play, Joe Rowley played a low cross to the feet of Boden. The striker controlled the ball in the centre of the box and drilled the ball into the bottom right corner giving Worgan no chance.
The visitors then got an equaliser as a counter-attack allowed Passley to have space on the right-hand side. His delivery found substitute Alfie Pavey to head home. (77)
The home side looked to respond when Evans drove the ball forward and found himself in a position to cross. His ball in found Boden whose header was tipped over by Worgan denying his second of the game.
Dover then grabbed a winner as a deep cross from the left found Pavey who scored his second of the game, who headed past Jalal at his near post. (85)
Spireites: Jalal, Buchanan, Yarney, Evans, Rowley, Weston, Mandeville, Weir (Wakefield, 86'), Boden, McKay, Smith (C)
Subs (unused): Coddington, Wedgbury, Sharman, Sheridan
Attendance: 4332 (133 away)