A six goal super-show powered Chesterfield to victory over Colchester.
Three goals in 11 first half minutes set the scene and the Spireites continued the romp to register six league goals in a home match for the first time since a 7-1 win over Reading in 1979.
Gary Roberts opened the scoring when he right footed from 12 yards after a perfect cross from Drew Talbot, who left soon afterwards with a hamstring problem. Sam Clucas then bagged two in a minute, the recalled Dan Gardner set up the opener and the striker first time left footed it into the roof of the net. From the re-start Chesterfield nicked the ball and Jay O’Shea fed Clucas who delivered a chip equal to anything seen at Augusta last weekend.
United made three subs but it was Gardner that hit the next goal after a burst forwards by Sam Morsy and the wide man received, cut in and hammered home from outside the box. Then Jimmy Ryan burst from deep in his own half, played it to Gardner who returned the ball for Ryan to clip in. Roberts was upended by the keeper, who escaped a card, and the raider dusted himself down to blast the penalty home to complete the rout. With Fleetwood, Rochdale and Bradford all losing at home, Spireites now travel to Oldham knowing a win coupled with Rochdale losing at Gillingham will cement a top six spot.