Chesterfield started the fixture, on the back of two impressive away performances, against Bury and Leeds United.
Early on in the game, striker Marc Richards had a headed chance, courtesy of a Gary Roberts cross, that just went wide. Russell Penn was the first to test Spireites goalkeeper Tommy Lee, with a long range effort that he saved comfortably.
The first goal came from a quick attack on the break, when Richards threaded a pass through the Robins defence, with Roberts running on, turned his marker, then placed his shot in the bottom corner of the net, giving the home side the advantage. Cheltenham nearly levelled the scoreline, after a mistake from Sam Hird and Nathan Smith, but Ryan Edwards managed to clear the shot off the line.
The home side managed to get to half time, with their lead still intact.
After the restart, the Robins had the ball in the back of the net, through Ashley Vincent’s close range header, only for it to be judged off-side.
Goalkeeper Lee made several impressive saves throughout the match, denying Byron Harrison on many occasions.
Later in the second half, Cheltenham had a penalty appeal turned down, after Jermaine McGlashan fell inside the box, but the referee waved away the visitors’ protests.
Irishman Eoin Doyle scored in the closing stages, putting daylight between the two teams, courtesy of a deflection from a Robins defender, with goalkeeper Scott Brown rooted to the spot.
After successive victories in the league, Spireites boss Paul Cook will be pleased with the work so far, especially because it has involved consecutive clean sheets, which he will be delighted with.
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