Tight margins are spoken of ad nauseam in footballing parlance. However in the case of Chesterfield’s game with Yeovil Town on Saturday, it seemed particularly apt.
Yeovil’s lead over Chesterfield in the foothills of League Two, was not quite a cavernous chasm that couldn’t be contracted. However, Yeovil’s four-point comfort blanket has now been reduced to a one point, flimsy dishcloth.
Lewis Wing had equalised from a free-kick for the home side after 80 minutes. It appeared he had done enough to rescue a point, following Louis Reed’s first half opener. But on swaggered Kristian Dennis in the 83rd minute, and ten minutes later he had taken advantage of a defensive mistake to fire Jack Lester’s side into the lead.
The former Macclesfield Town and Stockport County Number 9 was effusive post-match, in how his winner was important to the collective. Fans and players embraced, whilst somewhere in the mix, Yeovil’s Otis Khan managed to find himself red-carded.
Dennis was returning from injury and his goal has injected more momentum into Chesterfield’s modest, but important run of two games in two matches.
“I was thinking that the wind was against me and that this centre half is rapid! I didn’t know what the ‘keeper was doing coming out, but I touched it inside and the defender backed off from me, I had a big gap to aim for and luckily it went in.
“It was great (to celebrate with the fans and team mates) and that’s what we’re about now, everyone is together. Whenever you get a last minute winner, you’re all going to be there, but to celebrate in front of the fans makes it extra special.
“Any last minute winner is great, but to be about four hours from home and do it in front of the fans was unbelievable, everyone’s going home with a smile on their face.”
Chesterfield will hope to add more believers to the theory that this run is more renaissance than false dawn. Stevenage at the Proact Stadium next Saturday will be an apt test as to whether consistency can form part of their plan for survival.