Chesterfield 4-1 Cheltenham

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CHESTERFIELD were comfortably the better side against Cheltenham tonight.

And after a series of forays into the enemy half, they took the lead through Chris Atkinson.

The Huddersfield-born midfielder scored smartly from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal.

Danny Whitaker then conceded a freekick after being penalised for handball and Jeff Goulding tested Tommy Lee.

At the other end, Brennan Dickenson forced Scott Brown into a save.

But a minute before half time, Sam Togwell nodded home from close range, putting the league’s third place team two behind.

The Spireites had thoroughly deserved that lead at the break.

Visiting striker Kaid Mohamed dragged his side back into the game though.

It needed a quick statement from Chesterfield - and they got it a couple of minutes later, through striker Marc Richards.

He smashed home from the edge of the penalty box high into the middle of the goal.

With 20 minutes to go Keith Lowe looked like scoring for Cheltenham but Togwell blocked.

Then Jack Lester did what he does best.

He had been on the pitch only a minute or so when he scored with his first touch.

Luis Boa Morte, who had also come on as a sub, earlier looked lively - and after a fine all-round team effort, the points were in the bag.

TEAMS

Chesterfield: Lee; Talbot, Hird, Cooper, Smith; Atkinson, Togwell; Darikwa, Whitaker, Dickenson; Richards.

Subs: O’Donnell, Forbes, Townsend, Clay, Boa Morte, O’Shea, Lester.

Cheltenham: Brown, Lowe, Jones, Carter, Elliott, Pack, Goulding, Bennett, Penn, Mohamed, Zebroski.

Subs: Deering, Duffy, McGlashan, Roberts, Harrad, Andrew, Hanks.

Read Phil Tooley’s analysis in Wednesday’s Star.