Second-half goals from Stockport County’s Elliot Osbourne and Nyal Bell meant that the Spireites suffered their first away loss of the season on Monday.
John Sheridan made four changes to the team that drew with Barrow on the weekend. Josef Yarney, Jonathan Smith, Laurence Maguire and Joe Rowley were all included after missing out on Saturday.
The first 15 minutes failed to see much in the way of chances. Chesterfield looked dangerous but couldn’t quite create a clear-cut opportunity.
Laurence Maguire manufactured the first chance of the game. The defensive midfielder let fly from long-range and saw his effort deflected past the wrong side of Ben Hinchliffe's right post.
The away side should have opened the scoring just before the 40-minute mark. Jermaine McGlashan did well to escape his marker before floating in a cross, which Maguire agonisingly headed over the crossbar.
Just before the half time whistle, Stockport created their first chance of the contest. Osbourne drove towards the edge of the box before having his shot deflected safely into the arms of Shwan Jalal.
However, just a minute into the first half the hosts took the lead. Osbourne made his way into the box, his cross flicked off Will Evans and over Jalal’s head into the back of the net.
This gave Stockport the confidence to hunt for a second. Osbourne, Jake Kirby and Bell all saw their effort whistle past the post.
With just over ten minutes to go, County doubled their lead. Connor Dimaio turned away from his marker, fed Bell who delicately curled his shot into the corner of the goal.
The Spireites couldn’t find a way back into the game and were subjected to a first away loss of the 2019/2020 campaign.
Spireites: Jalal, Yarney, Evans, Gerrard (C), Buchanan, Maguire (Mandeville, 61’), Smith, McGlashan (McKay, 80’), Rowley, Boden (Weir, 70’), Fondop.
Subs (unused): Coddington, Hollis
Attendance: 5,578 (957 away)