Notts County triumphed 3 – 0 over Chesterfield in front of the BT Sport cameras to keep the Magpies in the National League playoff places.
A second-half Kyle Wootton brace and a spectacular solo effort from Enzio Boldewijn inflicted John Pemberton’s first loss as Spireites caretaker manager.
The match was preceded by an impeccably-observed minute’s applause for former Chesterfield midfielder Jordan Sinnott, who sadly passed away last week.
Cal Roberts, recently signed from Blyth Spartans, drove through the middle on five minutes and looked to shoot but his effort went just wide.
Wes Thomas nearly put Notts ahead in the ninth minute after Kyle Wootton’s header hit the post but scuffed his effort wide. Thomas was later flagged for offside.
Scott Boden had a chance to break the deadlock after 20 minutes but got too far under the ball and headed well over.
Cal Roberts broke forward just a moment later and got past his man with a nice touch. He squared from the right for Wootton but Notts’ top scorer spooned his shot into the Kop.
Roberts crossed for Kelly-Evans on 25 minutes but the full-back put his shot into the side netting at the far post.
Notts largely looked to play through the thirds and seemed most threatening when they found Cal Roberts and Boldewijn out wide.
Chesterfield had a great chance to take the lead on 40 minutes as a long ball over the top saw Alex Lacey bring down Scott Boden for a penalty.
Boden took the spot-kick but it was poor and was saved comfortably by Ross Fitzsimons, who has just been recalled from a loan spell at Spireites without making an appearance.
Fitzsimons returned to Meadow Lane following an injury sustained by Sam Slocombe in training.
HALF-TIME: NOTTS COUNTY 0 – 0 CHESTERFIELD
Jonathan Smith saw a shot blocked in the 47th minute, allowing Boldewijn and Roberts to combine on the counter-attack before finding Rose whose first-time shot hit Wootton.
Notts took the lead on 51 minutes as ENZIO BOLDEWIJN beat his man in the middle of the park, drove towards goal and fired into the top-right corner from just over 20 yards. Notts 1 – 0 Chesterfield.
They had a second nine minutes later as a Cal Roberts cross was headed past Shwan Jalal by top-scorer KYLE WOOTTON for his 13th of the season. Notts 2 – 0 Chesterfield.
Chesterfield showed no signs of being out of it though as Buchanan got on the end of a loose pass in midfield and fired on goal but Fitzsimons palmed his effort wide with 25 to go.
The Spireites kept applying the pressure but it seemed Fitzsimons’ goal led a charmed life heading into the last 20 minutes as Notts gave the ball away on more than a couple of occasions.
KYLE WOOTTON set the Magpies on course for a comfortable derby day victory, their first on television since 2010, on 76 minutes as he tapped in past Jalal. The Chesterfield keeper had spilled Boldewijn’s curling shot from the left, Wootton took it past him with a touch and slotted home. Notts 3 – 0 Chesterfield.
Notts retained possession nicely after going three up and didn’t allow the visitors many chances, but their second-half performance was on a level the struggling Spireites couldn’t match on the day.
FULL-TIME: NOTTS COUNTY 3 – 0 CHESTERFIELD
Notts make the long trip to Huish Park on Saturday February 8 as they face Yeovil Town in the FA Trophy, with a 3pm kick-off.
The Glovers took three points from their meeting in August with a 3 – 1 home win in the National League.
Notts County: Fitzsimons, Rose, O’Brien (Crawford 79′), Thomas (Dennis 76′), Boldewijn, Rawlinson, Wootton, Kelly-Evans, Brindley, Lacey, Roberts (Bird 82′).
Unused subs: Osborne, Shields.
Goals: Boldewijn 51′; Wootton 60′, 76′.
Chesterfield: Jalal, Cropper, Yarney, Evans, Hollis, Buchanan, Wedgbury (Mandeville 67′), Smith, Weston, Boden (McKay 67′), Denton.
Unused subs: England, Weir, Sharman.