Will Evans scored twice against his former club to earn Chesterfield a 2-0 win away at Aldershot Town on Saturday.
John Sheridan made two changes to the side that beat Bedford Town in the FA Trophy, with both Bradley Barry and Alex Kiwomya returning from injury.
The home side were first to create a chance at around the ten-minute mark when Gerry McDonagh made his way to the edge of the Spireites' penalty area. The Aldershot forward hit his right-footed effort sweetly, but it rose just over Shwan Jalal’s crossbar.
McDonagh had another opportunity to open the scoring when he was put through on goal after a wayward back pass. The Aldershot striker was one on one with Jalal, but Curtis Weston made a fantastic challenge to deny him a shot at goal.
The Spireites manufactured their first shot at goal after good work down the left by Kiwomya. The winger played the ball across to Jonathan Smith, however, Smith’s shot was comfortably gathered by the keeper.
Smith had another opportunity to test Will Mannion in the Aldershot goal just a few minutes later. Lee Shaw’s cross from the right was only half cleared and fell to Smith inside the area, but the Spireites midfielder could only strike his effort straight at the Aldershot goalkeeper.
Luke Howell went close for the home side when a corner found him in space inside the box, but he hooked his volley over the crossbar.
Chesterfield took the lead with just a minute of the first half to go as Evans rose highest when Weston whipped a corner into the box from the right-hand side. The defender directed his header past Mannion and into the left corner to give the Spireites the advantage at the break.
The Spireites had the opportunity to extend their lead ten minutes into the second half when Shaw played in Smith on the right. The midfielder struck his effort well but was unlucky to see it cleared off the line.
Barry was next to go close for the away side, striking towards the Aldershot goal with a right-footed shot. Unfortunately for the right-back, Mannion pulled off a good save to his left to keep it out.
Substitute Reece Grant was unlucky to see his effort go wide after a cross from the left found him with space at the front post.
Barry threatened once again down the right-hand side as he cut the ball back to Smith inside the Aldershot penalty area. Unfortunately for the Spireites, he could only side-foot his effort wide of the near post.
Jalal had to make a great save to maintain Chesterfield’s lead, diving to his left to keep out a Goddard effort that looked destined for the right-hand corner.
Just three minutes later, Evans scored his second to extend the Spireites’ lead. Marc-Antoine Fortune’s effort was saved by Mannion, but Evans kept his composure to poke home the rebound (78).
Chesterfield went close to scoring another in the second minute of added time. Substitute Kyel Reid received the ball from Shaw’s pull back, but the winger’s effort was blocked on the line.
Chesterfield: Jalal, Barry (Rowley, 88), Binnom-Williams, Evans, Weston, Shaw, Weir, Hollis, Smith ©, Fortune (Denton, 86), Kiwomya (Reid, 79)
Subs (unused): Anyon, Beestin
Attendance: 2,120 (303 Spireites supporters)