King's Lynn suffer back-to-back home defeats as efficient Chesterfield side make it three wins in as many games
King's Lynn Town 0 Chesterfield 2
King's Lynn Town slipped to successive National League home defeats as they went down to promotion contenders Chesterfield this afternoon.
A double from Kabongo Tshimanaga handed an efficient and ruthless Spireites outfit all three points in Norfolk despite another brave effort from Ian Culverhouse's side.
The Linnets came into the game in buoyant mood after coming from behind to beat Yeovil at Huish Park on Saturday.
But James Rowe’s Chesterfield arrived at The Walks having recorded back-to-back wins and clean sheets so far this season and once again showed why they will be a force to be reckoned with in the months ahead.
Forty-eight hours earlier, the Spireites, who made four changes for their trip to Norfolk, made it two wins from as many games by beating Wealdstone 2-0.
Lynn boss Culverhouse made three changes – one of them enforced – for Lynn's second game in the space of three days.
On-loan Joe Rowley was unable to feature against his parent club and was replaced by Munashe Sundire, while Daniel Bowry and Michael Gyasi were both given the nod to start ahead of Luis Fernandez and Malachi Linton, who wasn't even included on the bench.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the afternoon was seeing the name of defender Aaron Jones on the substitutes bench as he continues his rehabilitation from a long-term injury, but so small is the Lynn squad compared to many of their league rivals then needs-must.
The Linnets enjoyed a session of keep-ball in the opening ten minutes but it was mainly across the backline.
A quick Lynn counter saw Gyasi pick out Tyler Denton with a peach of a pass and it finished with a looping effort from the former Chesterfield player landing on the roof of Loach’s net which had the shotstopper backpedalling at a rate of knots.
Chesterfield were given an early boost when they were awarded a penalty 15 minutes in after Kyle Callan-McFadden upended Liam Mandeville in the box as the ball threatened to trickle out of play.
And striker Kabongo Tshimanaga made no mistake from the spot, hitting his kick straight down the middle with power to put the visitors in front.
The Linnets had two chances in quick succession just after the hour-half mark.
Sundire saw his header deflected behind for a corner following a great delivery towards the back stick from Michael Clunan before Bowry saw his header scrambled off the line from the resulting set-piece.
The Spireites missed a golden opportunity to double their advantage in the 33rd minute as the hosts squandered possession 25 yards out.
Mandeville ran at the home defence and instead of playing in Tshimanga he opted to go alone and his effort was snuffed out for a corner.
Chesterfield wrapped the game up a minute after a restart with a soft goal to concede from Lynn's point of view.
The home defence was no where to be seen as George Carline headed the ball across the box and Tshimanga was on hand to poke home his second goal of the afternoon.
Ethan Coleman saw his header well saved by Loach while his opposite number Paul Jones was called upon to make an equally-smart stop from Carline at the other end of the pitch.
Lynn deserved a goal for their efforts and it almost arrived when a well-worked move involving Sundire and Ross Barrows ended with Loach making a brilliant save to foil Michael Clunan.
Next up for the Linnets is a trip to Eastleigh on Saturday.
King's Lynn Town (5-1-3-1): Jones, Denton, Callan-McFadden, Bird, Bowry (Fernandez 65), Clunan, Coleman, Omotayo, Gyasi (McGavin 65), Sundire (Gascoigne 81), Barrows. Subs not used: A. Jones.
Booked: Coleman, Omotayo, Bird, Callan-McFadden.
Chesterfield: (3-4-1-2): Loach; Kerr (Grimes 81), Gunning, Maguire; Carline, Weston, McCourt, Miller; Mandeville (Clarke 75); Tshimanga, Payne (Rowe 72). Subs not used: Whittle, Khan.
Booked: Payne, Rowe, Clarke.