Goals from Rhys Oates, Luke Armstrong, and an own-goal fromJosef Yarney gave Pools a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Chesterfield.
Pools started the game brightly, with a half-chance from
Nicky Featherstone fired into the arms of Smith. The pressure told immediately
as Challinor's men took the lead. A corner from David Ferguson was flickedgoalwards by Holohan and Smith's save only found Oates who made no mistake.
Further chances followed, with Chesterfield getting their
first corner of the game and Shelton seeing a shot saved after weaving through
three defenders. Mark Shelton had a shout for a penalty after an off-the-ballcollision, but the referee waved away his protests.
A second goal for Pools followed after a great move. Gary
Liddle, playing in the quarterback role, played a defence-splitting pass to
Sterry. The former Newcastle man took a chance, driving a low ball across the
box which found Yarney and the Chesterfield defender could only turn the ballinto his own net.
Chesterfield had a big chance to get back in the game, but
Danny Rowe's venomous free-kick was well parried by Ravas as the Slovakian made
his first save of the game. Up the other end, Pools made it a first-halftreble.
Featherstone's free-kick found Liddle at the back post, and
the experienced defender pulled the ball back. Holohan looked nailed-on toscore, but he somehow hit the post, with Armstrong following up to get his 12thgoal of the season and his first in five games.
Chesterfield started the second half brighter with Danny
Rowe and Nathan Tyson both trying to make in-roads. Their pressure eventuallypaid off in the 62nd minute. After Gary Liddle blocked the
Chesterfield cross, the resulting corner was headed beyond Ravas by formerPoolie Fraser Kerr.
Pools had a chance to make it four with just under 20
minutes to go. Rhys Oates spun his man, drove forwards, and tried to shoot withArmstrong in acres of space. Maguire made a good block and the chance went.
Harvey Saunders made his debut in place of Armstrong as
Pools continued to defend well from front to back against a re-energisedChesterfield side.
Pools now travel to Bromley on Monday looking to make it 17 unbeaten and to keep the pressure on the teams above them.
SUBS: Francis-Angola for Cass, Saunders for Armstrong, Donaldson for Oates