Lee Molyneux hit a first-half hat-trick for 10-man Accrington Stanley to consign table-topping Chesterfield to a surprise defeat.

Molyneux scored with a low free-kick before following in when Danny Webber's penalty was saved by Tommy Lee.

Peter Murphy was sent off for a bad challenge on Spireites midfielder Dan Gardner before Molyneux wrapped up the win after poor defending.

The visitors pulled one back when Ian Evatt slotted in from close range.

Despite the defeat, the Spireites remained top of League Two, one point clear of Scunthorpe, who were held at home by Northampton.

Victory for James Beattie's side moved them six points clear of the League Two relegation zone.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Accrington Stanley

  • 26 Bettinelli
  • 23 Buxton (Atkinson - 72' )
  • 19 Wilson
  • 04 Joyce Booked
  • 05 Aldred
  • 06 Winnard
  • 10 Hatfield Booked
  • 02 Murphy Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 09 Webber (Windass - 45' )
  • 17 Gray (Odejayi - 72' )
  • 13 Molyneux

Substitutes

  • 11 Naismith
  • 20 Windass
  • 22 Dawber
  • 24 Odejayi
  • 25 Atkinson
  • 33 Hazeldine
  • 44 Bowerman

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 07 Darikwa
  • 15 Humphreys
  • 05 Morsy
  • 23 Evatt
  • 06 Cooper
  • 26 Gardner (Richards - 35' )
  • 12 Ryan (O'Shea - 58' )
  • 21 Gnanduillet (Doyle - 57' )
  • 02 Banks
  • 11 Roberts

Substitutes

  • 03 Smith
  • 04 Hird
  • 08 Togwell
  • 09 Richards
  • 10 O'Shea
  • 17 Doyle
Ref: Scott Mathieson
Att: 1,968

Match Stats

Shots

8 18

On target

6 6

Corners

1 9

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Accrington Stanley 3, Chesterfield 1.

90:00 +5:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 3, Chesterfield 1.

90:00 +4:32

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +3:34

Attempt saved. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +3:07

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

90:00 +2:45

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Robert Atkinson.

90:00 +2:29

Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:29

Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).

90:00 +2:07

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

90:00 +1:13

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

88:33

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

87:14

Attempt saved. Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

84:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 3, Chesterfield 1. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

83:17

Attempt saved. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:05

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

79:17

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Laurence Wilson.

78:18

Attempt missed. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

73:48

Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).

73:48

Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:21

Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

71:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kayode Odejayi replaces James Gray.

71:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Robert Atkinson replaces Adam Buxton.

67:59

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

67:33

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

67:12

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

62:35

Foul by Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley).

62:35

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:50

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

61:31 Booking

Booking Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

61:12

Foul by Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley).

61:12

Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:00

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ian Evatt.

57:25

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:25

Foul by Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield).

57:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Jay O'Shea replaces Jimmy Ryan.

56:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Eoin Doyle replaces Armand Gnanduillet.

51:05

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

49:34

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:34

Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

47:54

Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

47:06 Booking

Booking Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

46:03

Attempt saved. Marc Richards (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Accrington Stanley 3, Chesterfield 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Josh Windass replaces Danny Webber.

45:00 +7:54 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Accrington Stanley 3, Chesterfield 0.

45:00 +6:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 3, Chesterfield 0. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

45:00 +2:20

Attempt missed. Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

44:23

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:23

Foul by Gary Roberts (Chesterfield).

37:39

Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

37:01

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

37:01

Marc Richards (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:13

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

34:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Marc Richards replaces Dan Gardner because of an injury.

31:20 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

31:10

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

31:10

Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:02

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

30:02

Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:08

Attempt blocked. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

27:36

Attempt saved. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

27:00

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:48

Foul by Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield).

25:37

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

24:49 Booking

Booking Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

24:19

Foul by Laurence Wilson (Accrington Stanley).

24:19

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:12

Foul by Dean Winnard (Accrington Stanley).

22:12

Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:04

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Adam Buxton.

10:25

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:25

Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

9:49

Attempt saved. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 2, Chesterfield 0. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

7:48

Penalty saved! Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

7:06

Penalty Accrington Stanley. Will Hatfield draws a foul in the penalty area.

7:06

Penalty conceded by Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield) after a foul in the penalty area.

6:18

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

5:29

Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

3:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 1, Chesterfield 0. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

2:39

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:39

Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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