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24th August 2002 20:05


Chesterfield deserved this win make no bones about it and it was
even sweeter coming less than 10 miles from Saltergate.

Both starting line ups pretty much wrote themselves after Reeves
Brandon and Payne were passed for the Spireites, the home side with
only 16 fit players made one change McKenzie somewhat surprisingly
dropping to the bench and Mark Levers made his debut

The Stags started the brighter in an electric atmosphere at Field
Mill. Following a minute of impeccable silence in memory of the
recent events in Soham

The first attempt at goal coming from Wayne (Flash) Cordon who
should have done better with a 25 yd shot in just 56 seconds but his
effort had no direction or power.

The Spireites on the back foot had brief flurtation up field and
wasted an early opportunity to put pressure on a suspect Stags back

Chris Brandon brought down Lawrence and was booked later for dissent
for the offence Scott Sellars fired a shot at Muggletons goal that
dipped hit the outside netting and may have even clipped the bar.
End to end football followed with a throw from Sellars landing at
the feet of White who struck cross come shot half volley flew over
the bar.

Twenty minutes gone Scott Sellars was brought down by Howson
advantage was played, Mark Hudson and Martyn Booty broke up the play
and set Reeves free on the right he found Booty again whose cross
found Hurst and he placed his volley wide of the goal with only

On 27 minutes Jamie Hewitt was on the pitch to attend to Rob
Edwards who hobbled off with a hamstring strain. Mark Innes replaced

After the initial Stag pressure the Spireites started to control
midfield with Martyn Booty putting in several telling tackles in
the centre of midfield.

Mark Lever and Glynn Hurst had a clash of heads with Glyn Hurst;
both receiving treatment the play quickly resumed in the spirit that
has become the hallmark in the early stages this game.

On 38 minutes the Spireites set Hurst free passed Lever ,Lever
couldn't help but wrestle Hurst down to the ground and with only
Jervis possibly being able to effect play the debutant was
considered fortunate to remain on the field of play and lucky to see
a yellow card. Justice was done though through STEVE PAYNE who in
typical fashion wasted no time in burying the resulting Free Kick
low into the back of the net from around to 25 yards out.

Mark Innes nearly doubled the lead after seeing his shot delect just
wide of the target after good work by Brandon with Pilkington well

The Spireites already confident continued to impose themselves in
what was all in all a very entertaining first half which saw action
in both halves of the pitch the Stags shooting on site and Spireites
creating the more clear cut scoring opportunities,


No changes at halftime and the Spireites kicking toward the 1700 or
so away supporters continued to dominate the midfield and looked the
more likely to score.With quick breaks that left the more pedestrian
Stags rear guard wanting.

Craig Disley the Stags Birthday Boy put a ball through to Larkin who
blazed over the bar.

On 53 minutes GARETH DAVIES doubled the lead a cross found Hurst he
turned and theN set up the Spireite Youngster who fired the ball
passed Pilkington, much to the delight of the travelling Spireite

Neil MacKenzie. replaced Scott Sellars and played infront of the
Stags back 3 as they tried to get back into the game. The Spireites
cause wasn't helped by a clash between Disley and Booty the later
left the pitch with blood streaming down his face after an
accidental collision with the Stag midfielders elbow.
Chesterfield stretched their winning hoodoo over bitter local rivals Mansfield to eight years as a goal in each half earned them a comfortable derby victory.
Hometown boy Gareth Davies was their hero, sweeping in the crucial second goal in the 54th minute from Glynn Hurst's lay-off - his first goal for the club in only his second game.
Steve Payne had given the Spireites a deserved 39th minute lead, powering a 25-yard free kick through the defensive wall and into the bottom corner after Mansfield's debutant defender Mark Lever had been lucky not to be red carded for hauling back Hurst.
Afterwards delighted manager Dave Rushbury said: "I'm delighted for Gareth. Last week he made his debut in front of his home fans and this week he has scored in a local derby. Overall we deserved it, our work rate was tremendous."
However, dejected Mansfield boss Stuart Watkiss apologised to his fans at the final whistle, saying: "A lot of local pride was at stake today, but we came up short. We have let down a lot of people, especially the fans."
It took the Stags 81 minutes to force Chesterfield keeper Carl Muggleton into a save when Wayne Corden's low drive was well blocked by the keeper. Muggleton then dived full length to keep out substitute Iyseden Christie's looping header.
Until then the home side had been restricted to long-range efforts, the best coming from Scott Sellars whose first-half free kick landed on the roof of the net and Colin Larkin three minutes into the second half when his fierce drive brushed the upright.
The Spireites, in contrast, carved out several well-worked chances after surviving fierce pressure in the opening 15 minutes - and striker Hurst should have had a hat-trick.
He volleyed Martyn Booty's deep cross over from just six yards in the first half, saw his terrific 25-yard scorcher finger-tipped away for a corner by the flying Kevin Pilkington a minute into the second half and then stabbed wide with just the keeper to beat four minutes from time


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