Bottom-of-the-table Chesterfield overcame Colchester United to secure their first victory in League One since 17 September.

Jack Lester headed in Liam Ridehalgh's cross to give the Spireites the lead.

Steven Gillespie then levelled for Colchester, driving a precise, low shot past Tommy Lee.

But the visitors secured their winner just before half-time when Josh Thompson headed Ridehalgh's free-kick past U's keeper Ben Williams.

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Colchester manager John Ward told BBC Essex:

"As that second half went on and we couldn't find that opening, we lost the belief in us that we could win it and could get it back.

"Then we have that really good opportunity with Ian (Henderson) and he takes it a little quickly, which summed up the second half for us.

"We got a bit anxious with things and I thought he did with that opportunity. We lost it in both boxes. They were far more dangerous at set-plays than we were."

Chesterfield manager John Sheridan tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Obviously we're delighted with the three points. I think we've worked really hard and scored two great goals and we've had good opportunities possibly to score one or two more.

"It's a tough place to come. I think they're a really good footballing side and they move you around and I thought we kept them quiet for most of the game.

"They had a little period where they were putting us under pressure, but other than that I was really pleased with how we went about our job. I think it was very professional job and full credit to the players."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (2)

Colchester United

  • 01 Williams
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 20 Wilson
  • 25 White
  • 14 Bond (Massey - 54' )
  • 22 Wordsworth
  • 23 James
  • 27 Duguid
  • 09 Gillespie
  • 16 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 06 Heath
  • 08 O'Toole
  • 10 Izzet
  • 24 Coker
  • 19 Massey

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 02 Trotman
  • 03 Robertson
  • 05 Thompson
  • 12 Ridehalgh
  • 18 Hurst
  • 07 Allott
  • 26 Davis
  • 14 Lester
  • 19 Boden (Bowery - 86' )
  • 25 Talbot

Substitutes

  • 13 Fleming
  • 28 Smith
  • 10 Whitaker
  • 29 Hazell
  • 21 Bowery
Ref: Brown
Att: 3,312

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

5 3

Corners

6 7

Fouls

6 4

Live Text Commentary

93:30 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:37

Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

90:00 +1:30

Lloyd James has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

88:52

Shot by Ian Henderson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

87:27

Liam Ridehalgh takes a shot from 12 yards. Magnus Okuonghae gets a block in.

85:47

Brian Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

85:47 Substitution

Substitution Scott Boden leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Bowery.

85:47

Jack Lester concedes a free kick for a foul on Lloyd James.

84:35

Steven Gillespie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

81:59

Drew Talbot fouled by Karl Duguid, the ref awards a free kick. James Hurst takes the free kick.

79:41

Lloyd James takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.

75:26

Effort from inside the area by Scott Boden misses to the right of the target.

74:15

Shot from deep inside the area by Steven Gillespie clears the crossbar.

72:08

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Ridehalgh, clearance made by Brian Wilson.

70:17

Corner taken by Liam Ridehalgh, clearance by Tom Eastman.

69:52

Shot from 12 yards by Liam Ridehalgh. Blocked by Magnus Okuonghae.

69:05

Foul by Lloyd James on Scott Boden, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Josh Thompson.

68:00

Magnus Okuonghae concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Lester. Direct free kick taken by David Davis.

62:36

Shot from 20 yards by Gavin Massey. Tommy Lee makes a save.

62:21

Lloyd James has an effort at goal. Blocked by Gregor Robertson.

60:03

Gavin Massey has an effort at goal. Tommy Lee makes a comfortable save.

59:21

Shot by Anthony Wordsworth. Mark Allott gets a block in.

53:02 Substitution

Substitution Andy Bond goes off and Gavin Massey comes on.

48:05

Corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth from the right by-line, David Davis makes a clearance.

47:10

Andy Bond has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:29

The referee blows for offside against Scott Boden. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.

43:51

Assist by Liam Ridehalgh. Corner from the right by-line taken by Anthony Wordsworth, Liam Ridehalgh manages to make a clearance.

43:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Josh Thompson - Colchester 1 - 2 Chesterfld Josh Thompson scores a headed goal from close in. Colchester 1-2 Chesterfield.

43:16

Unfair challenge on James Hurst by Anthony Wordsworth results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Ridehalgh.

41:46

Outswinging corner taken by Liam Ridehalgh, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Josh Thompson misses to the right of the goal.

41:18

Corner taken left-footed by Liam Ridehalgh from the right by-line, save by Ben Williams.

39:08

Corner from the right by-line taken by Anthony Wordsworth, Tommy Lee makes a save.

37:27

Andy Bond has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

35:57

The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Boden. John White takes the free kick.

35:30

Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Gregor Robertson gets a block in.

33:09

Effort from inside the area by Andy Bond misses to the right of the goal.

31:52

Assist by Karl Duguid.

31:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Gillespie - Colchester 1 - 1 Chesterfld A goal is scored by Steven Gillespie from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 1-1 Chesterfield.

30:02

Lloyd James takes a shot. Blocked by James Hurst.

29:15

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Ridehalgh, Tom Eastman makes a clearance.

25:51

Shot by David Davis. Ben Williams makes a brilliant save.

21:47

Shot from just outside the box by Anthony Wordsworth misses to the left of the goal.

21:07

Shot from just outside the box by Jack Lester misses to the right of the target.

18:53

Unfair challenge on Ian Henderson by Gregor Robertson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth from right channel, save by Tommy Lee.

17:02

Karl Duguid challenges Mark Allott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

14:40

Jack Lester challenges John White unfairly and gives away a free kick. Magnus Okuonghae takes the direct free kick.

12:39

Steven Gillespie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Lester. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

11:49

Inswinging corner taken by Lloyd James from the right by-line, clearance by Tommy Lee.

10:34

Neal Trotman challenges Ben Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.

9:58

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Ridehalgh.

8:36

Effort from 20 yards by Andy Bond. Save made by Tommy Lee.

5:55

The assist for the goal came from Liam Ridehalgh.

5:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Jack Lester - Colchester 0 - 1 Chesterfld Jack Lester scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Colchester 0-1 Chesterfield.

5:09

Corner taken left-footed by Liam Ridehalgh, Tom Eastman manages to make a clearance.

4:09

Corner taken left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth from the right by-line, save made by Tommy Lee.

1:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Karl Duguid. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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