The Spireites claimed their first away victory of the season with a 3-1 win at AFC Fylde on Tuesday night.
Three changes and a formation change ensured a third win at Fylde in twelve months after a solid first half paved the way for a stunning second-half display. The introduction of Mike Fondop changed the game completely as he set up Curtis Weston to fire the Spireites into the lead and then add two more himself.
Overall a mature performance that was possibly their best ninety minutes of the season and such a vital morale-boosting result.
The Spireites made three changes for their visit to the windy North West coast as John Sheridan reverted to a 4-4-2 line-up. Gevaro misses through international duty and Scott Boden and Liam Mandeville stand aside as Jay Sheridan and Jonathan Smith stake a claim and Anthony Spyrou moved up from the bench for his first start.
Both teams came into the game desperately needing points to steer them away from the wrong end of the table and they forced a lively early pace.
The first effort of note came from a neat three man move. Spyrou’s ball right found Yarney and his lay-back saw Smith test Fylde’s debutant keeper, Sam Hornby, from distance.
Jonathan Smith made a superb edge-of-the-area tackle on Mark Yeates after he’d received a a neat ball from the left by Dan Bradley.
Moments later Sam Wedgebury saved the day as cleared on the line from Kyle Jameson’s teasing ball along the byline.
Possibly the best chance fell to the clear Tom Denton who received just inside the six yard box. He chested down but his shot lacked power and was claimed easily by Hornsby.
A superb flick by Denton set up Spyrou who burst through but his final ball should have tested Hornby more.
Jay Sheridan saved the day with a timely tackle on Luke Burke as he burst into the area and would have been through without the interception.
All level at the interval and probably a fair reflection; the Coasters dominated in terms of possession but the best two chances fell to the Spireites, sadly neither Denton nor Spyrou made the best of the openings.
John Sheridan made a change at the start of the second half. Mike Fondop took over from Anthony Spyrou and the rain arrived to add to the weather problems.
Fylde grabbed the initiative and went close as Jordan Williams’ ball in saw Danny Rowe head back across goal but there were no takers.
The Spireites took the lead after Denton’s well-directed header found Fondop who laid it off well for Curtis Weston who received and blasted sweetly home into the bottom right corner.
Moments later Fondop returned the favour but Denton poked weakly wide.
Another neat move set up Wedgebury whose deflected shot from distance forced Hornby to save.
Fondop had been proving a real handful and added the Spireites’ second after he picked up another well directed header from Denton and slotted home from a tight angle to the delight of the Chesterfield fans behind that goal.
The second goal seemed to bring an added confidence to the Spireites who looked to have extra pace and determination.
Substitute Nick Haughton tried an effort from distance but his shot flew over the crossbar.
Fondop was on fire as he left Kyle Jameson for dead, his effort was turned for a corner. Jay Sheridan’s strong dead-ball kick from the right found Fondop’s head and his bullet header gave Hornby no chance.
With just over four minutes remaining Liam Mandeville replaced Tom Denton who had worked tirelessly throughout. A minute later Joe Rowley stepped aside for Jermaine McGlashan.
Fylde pulled a goal back in added time as substitute Haughton floated in a well-placed ball and fellow-subTyler Forbes headed home.
The Spireites breezed through the remaining minute to deservedly seal their first away win of the season with an emphatic win that condemned Fylde to their fourth straight defeat.
Spireites: Jalal, Yarney, Sheridan, Evans, Hollis, Weston, Rowley (McGlashan, 88), Spyrou (Fondop, 45), Denton (Mandeville, 87), Wedgbury, Smith
Subs (unused): Coddington, Boden