Chesterfield went down 2 – 1 at home to Bromley on Saturday, ending their six-game unbeaten run.
Both sides had plenty of chances in the first half, but as expected it was Michael Cheek who posed the greatest threat for the visitors.
He gave the visitors the lead inside 20 minutes, and that looked to be enough for Bromley to take the three points back to South London and go level with the Spireites in the National League table.
Chesterfield captain Laurence Maguire looked to have secured a point for the hosts with a second-half volley, but Joe Kizzi had other ideas and headed home to give the visitors a much happier trip home.
James Rowe will hope his players learned plenty about the Ravens in Saturday’s defeat, as the Spireites travel to Hayes Lane in just ten days time, sandwiching a trip to Wrexham.
His side took a six-game unbeaten run into Saturday afternoon, winning five on the bounce before a 0 – 0 draw with Boreham Wood on Tuesday night.
Akwasi Asante was absent from the matchday squad after picking up a knee injury on Tuesday night, while Gavin Gunning was dropped from the squad, likely due to injury concerns.
Chesterfield have largely been able to see out and win narrow games during that run and throughout Rowe’s time at the Technique Stadium, but faced a Bromley side that had seen three goals a game in their last five.
The visitors looked the more positive side for the first five minutes, and forced a few errors from the hosts’ midfield and back line, but the Spireites were able to escape.
Bromley then had a lucky escape of their own on eight minutes as a scuffed effort almost trickled past Mark Cousins in the visitors’ goal, but they were just about able to clear it off the line.
Two of Bromley’s best early chances came from deep free kicks, but both dropped awkwardly towards the far post and Jack Bridge couldn’t get on the end of them.
The visitors would get the breakthrough on 19 minutes, though, as their danger man MICHAEL CHEEK was slid through by Billy Bingham and slotted past Grant Smith. Chesterfield 0 – 1 Bromley.
Chesterfield had their chances, but one effort went straight at Mark Cousins after nice passing play on the edge of the box and the other was blocked for a corner.
They had an opportunity just after the half-hour mark after a shot was blocked for a corner, but Laurence Maguire couldn’t get his header right and he headed wide at the back post.
HALF-TIME: Chesterfield 0 – 1 Bromley
Clear-cut chances were harder to come by early in the second half, with plenty of free-kicks and corners coming to nothing.
Bromley continued to force the issue from free-kicks around the hour mark, but substitute James Alabi’s recycled ball into the box on 64 minutes was claimed easily by Smith.
It was a frustrating watch at times, as nice ideas bore little fruit. Manny Oyeleke’s neat reverse ball into the area caught Alex Whittle on his heels, but by the time he got to it the angle might have been too tight to fashion anything from the chance anyway.
Mark Cousins made the save of the game on 71 minutes, darting down to his left to get behind a low shot from inside the box.
It was from the sort of range, and at the awkward height that can often deceive goalkeepers, but the Bromley man pulled out a stunning stop to keep the visitors ahead.
Not to be denied, though, James Rowe’s men would find the equaliser on 74 minutes.
George Carline’s throw from the right was recycled to Tom Whelan, who put in a peach of a delivery to cause chaos.
That it did, and the ball eventually fell to LAURENCE MAGUIRE who volleyed it home into the far corner to restore parity. Chesterfield 1 – 1 Bromley.
They might have gone ahead less than 10 minutes later, but Nathan Tyson got too much underneath his header which ended up in the South Stand.
But it was Bromley who would have the final say, JOE KIZZI stooping down to head a low winner past Grant Smith.
There looked to be a hint of offside when he headed the ball, but the right-back was in a legal position when the ball bounced to him in the area. Chesterfield 1 – 2 Bromley.
As the game ticked into five minutes of added time, Chesterfield had yet another Carline throw on the right, which Cousins couldn’t keep in to deny the hosts a corner.
That corner ended up going out for another on the left, which was then headed behind for a corner on the right.
From that delivery, Chesterfield recycled it to Tom Whelan but they couldn’t put a decent chance together and Bromley finally got out of their own half for the first time in what felt like an age.
FULL-TIME: Chesterfield 1 – 2 Bromley
Chesterfield host FC Halifax Town on Tuesday 20 April, visiting The Shay on the final day of the Vanarama National League season on 29 May.
Chesterfield starting XI: G Smith, Whittle, Maguire, Yarney, Kerr, Carline, Weston (M Smith 80′), Oyeleke, Clarke (Tyson 63′), Mandeville (Whelan 69′), Mitchell.
Unused subs: Dinanga, Taylor.
Goals: Maguire 74′.
Bromley starting XI: Cousins, Kizzi, Mitchell, Bush, Fox, Vincent (Alabi 60′), Bingham, Arthurs, Bridge, Williamson, Cheek (Duffus 63′).
Unused subs: Raymond, Wakefield, Campbell.
Goals: Cheek 19′, Kizzi 84′.
Featured image: Michael Callander