An early Armando Dobra volley summoned Hartlepool United to a 0-1 defeat to league-leaders Chesterfield at the Suit Direct Stadium.
Ciaran Brennan made his league debut as John Askey named an unchanged starting eleven from last weeks 5-1 victory over City of Liverpool in the Isuzu FA Trophy.
It was a lively start to the game, as Hartlepool’s top-scorer Mani Dieseruvwe latched onto a long ball and rounded the keeper but couldn’t slot the ball home.
Chesterfield reacted by taking the lead after five minutes, as Armando Dobra volleyed the ball home from the edge of the box after a failed clearance from a corner.
Dobra could’ve grabbed his second, but his curled effort was saved comfortably by Joel Dixon on this occasion.
The home side reacted well, as Dieseruvwe found himself behind the Chesterfield defence once again but couldn’t steer his effort on target.
The visitors started the second half strong with a run of set pieces, but Pools were resilient in their defence.
On the 54th minute, Dobra did have the ball in the back of the Hartlepool net again, but Ollie Banks was deemed to have fouled Dixon in the build-up.
Chesterfield’s pressure was persistent though, as Banks this time found space on the Pools penalty area but hit his shot straight at Dixon.
With ten minutes to go, Chesterfield’s James Berry and Liam Mandeville both had chances but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Hartlepool did respond with some late pressure with five minutes to go as Callum Cooke linked up well with substitute Josh Umerah to create a chance, but saw his shot blocked.
Chesterfield captain Jamie Grimes had a late goal ruled out for offside, before Aaron Bannister blew the whistle for full-time, leaving Hartlepool sitting 15th in the National League.
Pools: Dixon, Brennan, Onariase, Ferguson, Hastie, Wallace (Hancox 60), Featherstone, Cooke, Grey (Umerah 70), Dieseruvwe
Subs (not used): Jameson, Johnson, Paterson
Chesterfield goal: Dobra (5)
Attendance: 4611 (989 away)