Deane Smalley’s first-half strike gave title-chasing Chesterfield a 1-0 victory and increased the pressure on manager Peter Taylor. Smalley, on loan from Oldham, marked his return from suspension by giving the leaders a 16th minute advantage which they held despite late pressure from the Bantams. Running on to Kieran Djilali’s defence-splitting pass, Smalley wasted no time in pulling the trigger from just inside the penalty box. Chesterfield should have doubled their advantage when the unmarked Djilali volleyed straight at Lenny Pidgeley in the 38th minute.
City improved after the break as substitute Jake Speight livened up the attack and Tom Adeyemi having a header well saved by Keighley-born Tommy Lee, but Chesterfield’s defence stood firm and ran out worthy winners. Striker James Hanson made an unexpected return from injury when he came on as a sub, late in the game.
CITY: Pidgeley; Hunt, Williams, Oliver, O’Brien; Flynn, Bullock (Osborne 81), Adeyemi, Ellison; Evans (Hanson 63), Dobie (Speight 46). Unused substitutes: McLaughlin, Duff, Worthington, Threlfall