On Monday 9th April I went to the B2Net Stadium to watch Chesterfield play Wycombe Wanderers.
This was another huge match at the bottom of League 1 as both sides could still mathematically stay up. However, in reality it was much more important for the Chairboys, who coming in to the game were 4 points from safety so a victory could move them to within a point. Meanwhile the Spireites were rooted to the bottom of the table and 13 points from safety with just 5 games remaining. Defeat today would have seen their relegation become official.
Before the match we met up with Wycombe supporters Russell Cox and Dale Jenkins, who are both faithful supporters following their side up and down the country. After chatting about football and having some photos we head through the turnstiles and took our seats in the ground.
There was a rather sombre atmosphere inside the B2Net Stadium with the home supporters hardly making a noise in the first half, creating the feeling of almost a pre season friendly match.
After quite an even start, the Spireites took the lead just before the half hour mark when Craig Westcarr poked the ball in from close range after a goalmouth scramble. This goal gave the Chesterfield fans something to sing about and the home side stayed ahead until the break.
On the 47th minute Franck Moussa doubled the advantage when he charged in to the box and fired past Nikki Bull and 5 minutes later it was 3-0. Alex Mendy twisted and turned before curling his shot in to the bottom corner with an excellent finish.
The second half was completely dominated by the Spireites and at times it felt like I was watching the Chesterfield side from last season, who simply scored for fun. Jordan Bowery scored on the 79th minute with a good finish from inside the area to make the score 4-0.
This comprehensive victory was a bit of a surprise as Chesterfield had hardly won a game all season and so to win in such a convincing manner was unexpected but definitely deserved as it was probably the sides best performance of the season.
The victory moves Chesterfield off the bottom of the League 1 table and keeps their slim hopes of survival alive, although it still looks like we will need to win all of their final 4 matches and still hope other results go our way.
For Wycombe, the defeat leaves them 4 points adrift and with some tricky matches coming up including Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday. This result must also be a huge blow to their confidence and it is looking like a big ask for them to avoid and immediate return to League 1.
After the game I met Chesterfield’s Mark Randall and goalscorer Alex Mendy. I also met Wycombe’s Marvin McCoy, Chris Hackett, Leon Johnson, Anthony McNamee, Gary Doherty, Nikki Bull, Gareth Ainsworth, Ben Strevens, Matt Bloomfield and top scorer Stuart Beavon.
Chesterfield 4–0 Wycombe Wanderers
Westcarr ’29, Moussa ’47, Mendy ’52, Bowery ’79Lee, Thompson, Ford (Smith ’84), Ridehalgh, Juan, Randall, Moussa, Westcarr (Boden ’46), Mendy, Talbot, Bowery Bull, Eastmond, Basey, McCoy (McClure ’61), Stewart (Johnson ’42), Doherty, Bloomfield, Lewis, Hackett (Ainsworth ’58), Strevens, Beavon