FULL TIME: BRENTFORD 2 CHESTERFIELD 1

Spireites: Chesterfield FC reports, news and more.

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CHESTERFIELD were stung by a late winning goal from the Bees.

Chesterfield halted their run of defeats at Rochdale in midweek with a 1-1 draw. John Sheridan’s men had enough chances to have won the game but were able to console themselves with one of the best performances of the season to date.

The manager was hoping for a continuation of that performance level on a ground that spawned an away win the last time Spireites were here, when Martin Gritton scored the only goal in March 2009.

One man not in Spireites squad was Derek Niven. The 27-year-old midfielder, Spireites longest-serving player, has joined League Two side Northampton Town and was in their starting line up for the home game against Rotherham United.

Brentford have failed to win at home in their last six games: not since hammering Leyton Orient 5-0 on August 20 have they earned maximum points here.

The lines around the Griffin Park penalty boxes were somewhat poor, the result of an accidental dose of weedkiller being incorporated into the white lining machine. Overall, the pitch looked somewhat bobbly, far inferior to the B2net surface and that enjoyed at Spotland on Tuesday.

Whitaker fouled McGinn 25 yards out after chasing him after he gave the ball away on the halfway line and SAUNDERS hammered in the 25th minute effort to end Bees home drought.

However within two minutes Spireites were level. Mendy began the danger and Smith got a touch on the ball, possibly with his arm, but it fell to CLARKE who converted with some force from eight yards.

Mendy earned a corner after a good Spireites passage of play, Whitaker’s kick was headed goalwards by Holden and cleared off the line by Adams.

In the closing stages Spireites switched to 4-4-2.

But then a Saunders corner was met by the head of debutant BENNETT to give the hosts an 82nd minute winner.