The Spireites were looking for their first league win, when they entertained Wycombe. Also Tommy Wright knew that a couple of good results would give him a strong claim for the job as Manager of the Club. Atkinson made his debut for the Club, after signing on loan from Huddersfield; he partnered Togwell in centre midfield. Lester started his first game of the season partnering Richards upfront. Another familiar face was making his debut for Wycombe was Dean Morgan; he left last season after falling out with Sheridan.
In the 10th minute Richards broke free, and was brought down just outside the box, the ref made the right decision and sent Johnson off. Westcarr took the resulting free kick which was blocked and Richards headed just over. On the 14th minute Richards did some nice work on the right and found Atkinson with his cross, he scored from close range, marking his debut with a goal. The Spireites were playing well, Richards had an header tipped over by bull. After 20 minutes a punch from their keeper, was volleyed back with some venom by Togwell, it was on target, Lester intercepted it to score for the Spireites. H.T. 2-0.
The Spireites carried on from the first half, taking the game to Wycombe. Atkinson was playing really well, bossing the midfield, won the ball off Morgan, he passed to Richards who then tried to set Lester up, who was inches away from connecting with the ball. The Spireites looked determined to get another goal, but the Wycombe defence were standing firm, then Wycombe got a life line, Trotman somehow managed to knock a corner from Spring into his own net with 18 minutes to go. With 5 minutes left a free kick taken by Westcarr, was headed home by Hird to make it 3-1 to the Spireites. The game ended 3-1, a league win at last for Wright and a very good display from the Spireites.
An unchanged team for the home game against Accrington Stanley on a very cold night. This wasn't going to be an easy game because the visitors had been in great form away from home, picking up 7 points from 3 away games. After 8 minutes Joyce who tried to head the ball back to his keeper, didn’t put enough on it, Lester pounced with a beautiful lob over the keeper into the net, only Jack can score goals like that. Three minutes later, a Lester cross was glanced in by Richards, to score his first goal for the Spireites. Lester had the ball in the net again, but this time it was ruled out, because the ball had gone out in the build up. Richards thought he had scored his second, it was ruled out for a foul on the keeper, which was a bit harsh for Richards. If it had counted the game would have been almost over. Accrington were getting into the game, moving the ball well, eventually it paid off when Boco managed to get down low enough to beat O'Donnell, getting on the end of a cross from Barnett. H.T. 2-1.
After 10 minutes into the second half, Stanley brought on new loan signings from Watford, Mingoia and Whichelow for Barnett and Molyneux. Mingoia put a lovely cross in, that found Murphy who found the net to put the scores level. Accrinton were starting to dominate the game, Atkinson was struggling to have the same impact he had on saturday, finding it hard to find his passing game and having to out more tackles in. Darikwa was brought on for Westcarr, and he soon backed up Wrights decision to bring him on, when his low cross was met by Lester to put the home side back in front. Boco managed to get away from Atkinson, he then unleashed a thunderbolt into the far corner of the net.
The Spireites were lifted when the visitors were reduced to 10 men, Liddle was sent off for a reckless challenge on Lester with just 8 minutes left. Lester had the last laugh when his cross was smashed home by Forbes. F.T. 4-3
Accrington didn’t deserve to lose, after playing some lovely football, but the Spireites never say die attitude got them the win. A magnificent performance from Lester was the difference between the two teams. They now go to Northampton hoping to keep this run going.
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