CHESTERFIELD returned to the foot of League One after a late goal by Jonathan Forte settled the game at Meadown Lane.
Spireites went into the game with just one defeat in their last six away games whilst the hosts were unbeaten in five home games.
County won their first game under ex Blades and Barnsley man Keith Curle on Wednesday. An injury time Jeff Hughes winner gave them a 1-0 victory over Stevenage. Curle made five changes to that winning line-up, one unplanned as Alan Sheehan broke down in the warm up to be replaced by ex- Blade and Miller Jon Harley.
It came as some surprise when Martin Allen, unconventional though he is, was relieved of his duties soon after their 3-0 loss at Hartlepool a week ago. The former Mansfield boss came in just two days later and becomes the eighth different manager to rule the Magpies’ roost since John Sheridan took over at Chesterfield in the summer of 2009, a great indicator as to the turmoil the world’s oldest Football League club has gone through.
With a number of players nursing knocks, Spireites gave a first-ever start to Nottingham-born Tendayi Darikwa whose only previous appearance this season was as a half-time sub here at Meadow Lane in the JPT win. The 20 year old has been recalled a week early from a loan spell with Hinckley United whom he helped to a 2-2 draw against Altrincham a week ago.
Westcarr’s early cross against his former club almost found Lowry. Westcarr and Morgan were the only two starters this afternoon that started in County’s league win at the B2net.
Lee Hughes got on the end of a Bencherif cross but, at full stretch, was unable to fully control though the move showed just how dangerous the burly striker can be.
Harley, who had delivered three awful set-plays, was booked for a foul on Westcarr. Lee had to make a double save to deny Hughes and Hughes, Lee first from the left of the box and then Jeff from the follow-up.
With the pitch in poor nick, Nottingham Rugby Club play here as well, close control was tricky and the game proceeded in a somewhat haphazard manner with Notts marginally the more involved side.
Trotman was booked for upending Harley. Chesterfield were certainly second best in a low grade first half but they hadn’t allow the home side too many chances which will no doubt be the positive highlighted during the break.
Half-time: Notts County 0 Chesterfield 0
Wycombe’s 3-0 half-time lead over Hartlepool pushed Spireites to the bottom of the live league table but with both Yeovil and Exeter a goal down and all other relegation threatened sides level, it was not yet a disaster.
Davis shot wide after Lester and Morgan worked well after a Freeman error as the second half started much more positively that the first had ended. Westcarr’s effort was blocked following fine work from Davis and Lester as the game exploded into action, lifting the crowd. Former Blade and Doncaster raider Forte came on for the effective Montano as County moved to two up front.
Westcarr almost got in amongst the County back line after Nelson and Chilvers had a communication breakdown but the keeper recovered to gather. E With the clock running down the game was at its most open with Spireites looking the more dangerous.
Westcarr’s delivery towards Bowery earned a corner that saw Davis almost steal in. Burgess came on for Lee Hughes, a straight swap and within seconds County nicked the lead. Mahon slipped the ball through for FORTE to slide it home beyond Lee with 10 minutes remaining.