Chesterfield striker Byron Harrison handed manager Dean Saunders a huge boost by making a scoring return after a six week lay-off with a knee injury.
The 28-year-old former Cheltenham Town man squandered two great early chances in the reserves’ home round robin cup game with Notts County before equalising Colby Bishop’s early effort with a near post header from a Rai Simons cross.
Harrison turned provider on 34, crossing for former Owls striker Mani Dieseruvwe to head beyond ex-Millers keeper Scott Loach and the same player scored again within three minutes, another header from a Dion Donohue corner.
Notts raced back into the lead with an own goal from recent signing Liam Graham just before the break followed by a Jimmy Spencer header and a Lartey Sarpong shot, both in the opening seven minutes of the second half.
Dieseruvwe headed a golden hat-trick opportunity just over soon after the hour mark and shortly after that he saw Loach save from his box-edge shot but Magpies soon extended their lead when Wes Atkinson hammered home from 25 yards. Dieseruvwe hit the bar as he battled on for a third and sub Jake Orrell saw Loach save the rebound but Spireites couldn’t convert any of their many ongoing chances and the second string slipped to a first defeat of the season.
Chesterfield gave an off the bench run-out to Darlington born trialist Wilson Kneeshaw, a former Middlesbrough youth team player who has recently being playing in Romania for Poli Timisoara.
Dieseruvwe and Gboly Ariyibi did their chances no harm at all for a possible call up for the FA Cup trip to FC United of Manchester on Monday whilst former FCUM player Ollie Banks put in a decent first half but saw less of the ball after the break.
Spireites’ Youth team start their FA Youth Cup journey this evening with a trip to Stourbridge.
Academy manager Mark Smith said: ““We don’t know a lot about the opposition but either way we need to focus on ourselves and play the way we have at times in recent weeks. If we do that we’ll have a good chance of going through to the next round.”