The Spireites win third on the bounce to move into the Play-Offs

Saturday’s National League clash saw Chesterfield come through a tight affair with recently promoted Weymouth, winning by a goal-to-nil in what was a highly competitive affair at the Technique Stadium. 

Both Chesterfield and Weymouth were coming off the back of victories, against Aldershot and Wealdstone, respectively.  

Despite this, both managers made changes to their starting line-ups with the Spireites boss James Rowe bringing in Nathan Tyson and goal scorerTom Whelan. Terras manager Brian Stock made just a single change, with Jordan Ngoako coming in for the injured Andy Robinson. 

The two sides are fighting at opposing ends at the table and the gulf in quality was evident from the off, with the Derbyshire side playing some lovely possession football.  

The home side’s positive play was almost rewarded, with Dutch striker Akwasi Asante forcing two strong saves out of Terras goalkeeper Ethan Ross, with one clipping the post.  

Their good play came to fruition in the 37th minute, when a Martin Smith free kick on the edge of the area fell to former Weymouth loanee Whelan, who neatly placed the ball past Ross in the Terras goal. 

This capped off what was an excellent half from the midfielder, who justified his selection, impacting all areas of the pitch.  

The only real downsides to this half for Rowe’s side was that they didn’t further capitalise on their dominance, as well as losing captain Laurence Maguire to injury. 

The away side needed a resurgence in the second half, so Stock made a double change, bringing on Pierre Fonkeu and Ben Thomson.  

In the 56th minute Weymouth thought they were level, when substitute Thomson’s header crashed off the bar, bouncing down around the goal line. Referee Aaron Jackson adjudged the ball not to have crossed the line, much to the Weymouth players disapproval.  

The side from Dorset kept pushing for that allusive equaliser, showing the fight that has recently lifted them out of the relegation zone.  

However, this did leave them vulnerable at the back, with final Chesterfield substitute Liam Mandeville having a couple of good opportunitiesbut to no avail 

This pivotal victory allows the Spireites to leapfrog both Halifax and Eastleigh, who both dropped points on Saturday, lifting them into the final play-off spot.  

Their upcoming fixture is a visit to play-off rivals Eastleigh, in what could be a huge game in the context of Chesterfield’s season. 

Weymouth sit less comfortably in 20th place, just three points above King’s Lynn in the relegation zone, who have a game in hand on the Terras.  

On Good Friday, they welcome mid-table Maidenhead, and will be looking to bounce back from this narrow defeat. 

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