The Spireites fell to a 4-0 defeat away at Sutton United on Saturday after goals from Tommy Wright, Harry Beautyman and a brace from Aaron Jarvis.
Chesterfield were two down at the interval which was possibly a little harsh on the balance of play but the second goal was the crucial point. A weak backpass set up Wright to slot home past the stranded Coddington and set the home side on the way to what ended a comfortable victory.
A bizarre ending saw Fondop booked for seeking an unwarranted penalty and in the last seconds United notch their fourth when they were no more than seeing out the game.
The Spireities made three changes to the team that registered their first League win of the season a week ago. New signing left-winger Gevaro Nepomuceno started as did Robbie Weir and Mike Fondop. Liam Mandeville had to settle for a place on the bench as did Tom Denton (who was kept in reserve rather than take a risk on the artificial pitch) and Laurence Maguire missed having picked up a knock.
The heat was literally on the Spireites today as the sun bore down on what could be the last hot weekend of 2019 and as they looked to build on the morale-boosting win over Torquay just seven days ago. Equally the home side would be feeling the pressure, at kick-off just one of three sides that had failed to pick up three points on home soil.
A cagey opening spell saw the Spireites grab the game’s first flag-kick on the left. Gevaro’s kick lacked distance and was cleared at the near post, however subsequent balls into box from Gevaro and Weir caused problems.
Wright burst through on the left, thankfully Josef Yarney’s timely block averted the danger.
The Spireites rode their luck moments later when Rob Milsom made a similar run but this time without the challenge, he had a clear sight of goal yet fired waywardly wide.
At the other end the Spireites should have gone ahead from a Gevaro free kick; from Scott Boden’s cut-back Will Evans powered a rising shot against the crossbar.
Joe Rowley tested the home keeper with a neat half-volley but Jamie Butler claimed well.
Moments later Sutton went ahead. This time United found space on the opposite flank as David Ajiboye darted forward, he cut in and squared the ball well for Aaron Jarvis to breeze in and slot home (23).
Scott Boden chipped in a superb ball at the far post, Fondop almost got there but central defender Ben Goodliffe headed to safety.
Moments later referee Gary Parsons surprised everyone by blowing for a foul following Gevaro’s corner on the right. Fondop looked set to level when the whistle ended the move prematurely.
Things went from bad to worse after Jonathan Smith’s weak back pass back let in Wright who slotted home with ease (34).
Yarney and Weir both picked up bookings before the break and at the whistle they all knew a sharper second period was essential.
There were no changes at the interval but the Spireites knew they needed an early breakthrough.
A superb cross on the right from Ajiboye just failed to find a taker as the ball whizzed across goal.
Weir forced the alert Butler into a tremendous tip to safety but the dead ball kick drifted to safety.
From a home corner Goodliffe skied a great opening over the bar, to have kept it low would surely have added to the scoreline.
The Spireites made their first change as Mandeville took Weir’s slot.
Within minutes Denton took his place on the pitch at the expense of Jonathan Smith. Immediately his physical presence made an impact.
Chesterfield breathed a sigh of relief after Will Randall’s goalbound shot took a deflection off Yarney. Thankfully the flag-kick lacked direction.
Tom Denton looked to have broken through but referee Parsons spotted a handball in the move.
The challenge went from difficult to seemingly impossible after Jarvis slotted home his second and his side’s third; a great perfectly timed ball down the middle saw Jarvis time his run to perfection and ghost past Evans to fire firmly home (77).
The third goal really knocked the stuffing out of the Spireites who were struggling to get back into the game. Plenty of possession but little threat.
Sutton eased home to their first home victory without any further threat from the Spireites and, in fact, added a fourth in the last few seconds as Omar Bugiel slotted across goal for Beautyman to tap home from close range (90+5).
Spireites: Coddington, Yarney, Evans (C), Rowley, Weston, Gevaro, Weir (Mandeville, 57'), Boden (McKay, 75'), Smith (Denton, 61'), Hollis, Fondop
Subs (unused): Jalal, McGlashan