January 26, 2013
Shrimpers net Spireites win
Southend celebrated their first win of 2013 when a late breakaway goal by Gavin Tomlin gave them a 1-0 win at promotion rivals Chesterfield.
The home side could not break down a solid Shrimpers defence and the visitors won it when Tomlin went clear with seven minutes to play.
Chesterfield shaded the possession in a low key first half but neither goal came under threat until Marc Richards thundered a 25-yard free-kick against the underside of the crossbar in the 41st minute before forcing goalkeeper Paul Smith to push out another fierce strike 60 seconds later.
Southend continued to frustrate the Spireites after the break, although Danny Whitaker saw a dipping 20-yard shot just clear the bar before a low cross almost fell to Jack Lester.
The visitors had created little since the opening minutes but they stunned the hosts with a sucker punch in the 83rd minute.
Michael Timlin robbed Sam Togwell inside the Chesterfield half and sent Tomlin clear and he placed a right-foot shot inside Tommy Lee's left-hand post.
|Gavin Tomlin (83')|
|1 Tommy Lee||1 Paul Smith|
|5 Neal Trotman||23 Chris Barker|
|6 Sam Hird||15 Mark Phillips|
|3 Nathan Smith||2 Sean Clohessy|
|31 Liam Cooper||4 Michael Spillane|
|12 Tendayi Darwikwa||6 Ryan Cresswell|
|10 Danny Whitaker||18 Ryan Leonard|
|8 Sam Togwell||14 Kevan Hurst|
|34 James O'Shea||8 Michael Timlin|
|15 Craig Clay||21 Gavin Tomlin|
|9 Marc Richards||10 Barry Corr|
|40 Josh Barrington||Daniel Bentley 17|
|33 Conor Townsend||Luke Prosser 16|
|17 Richard Brindley||Anthony Straker 3|
|23 Mark Randall||John Spicer 19|
|14 Jack Lester||Alex Woodyard 30|
|22 Jonathan Wafula||Neil Harris 9|
|21 Armand Gnanduillet||Seedy Njie 32|
|Jack Lester for Tendayi Darwikwa (64)|
|Conor Townsend for Danny Whitaker (80)|
|Armand Gnanduillet for Neal Trotman (87)|
|Gavin Tomlin (84)|
|· Squads: Chesterfield | Southend United|