Chesterfield marked their first league match at their new home with a 2-1 victory over Mark Stimson's new look Bees that featured nine debutants. Barnet came close to taking something from the game and their disappointment at not securing a point was added to when late on striker Steve Kabba was stretchered off following a thoughtless challenge from Craig Davies who was shown a red card.
Barnet started out with their 4-3-3 formation, which saw Daniel Leach partner skipper Anwar Uddin in defence with Mark Marshall and Glenn Poole providing support to the central striker Kabba.
Both sides were clearly eager to make a good opening impression and mounted attacks from the first whistle. Mark Byrne nearly gave the Bees a 7th minute lead when his shot from distance careered towards the top corner but Tommy Lee leaped to push the ball wide for a corner. From the resulting flag kick a header by Leach flashed across the goal.
In Craig Davies and Jack Lester Chesterfield had two strikers that will cause a lot of defences in League 2 some consternation. Between them they have pace and power and are a dangerous combination; they were the home sides most likely route to goal.
Joe Devera got forward on several occasions to put in deliveries and on another day this ploy could have paid dividends.
On 22 minutes Danny Whitaker could have scored but his header from inside the six-yard box following a move down the Chesterfield right went weakly wide when he was well positioned.
Two minutes later the home side did take the lead when a ball to the far post was not cleared which enabled Dwayne Mattis to stab the ball home from close range to give Jake Cole no chance.
Moments later the Bees could have drawn level when a good ball out of defence by Jordan Parkes set up Kabba but his powerful drive was kept out by keeper Lee.
Five minutes into the second half Barnet constructed a good move down the left involving Poole, Byrne and Kabba which resulted in a desperate last gap clearance, the Bees only reward being a corner from which Uddin subsequently went close.
Barnet's task was made even more difficult when the Spireites established a two goal advantage in the 59th minute. Lester twisted and turned in the box, losing his marker, and then crashed the ball home. A good goal, but only if you were a Chesterfield supporter.
On 70 minutes Kabba took the ball goalwards and after evading a challenge he deftly set up Poole who drilled a left-foot scorcher into the top corner, an early contender for goal of the season!
Barnet were then set to search for an equaliser but with just under ten minutes remaining Kabba was the victim of ill-considered challenge and was stretchered off. His injury looked serious and although it will take a little time to assess the injury, he did leave the ground on crutches and such an experienced striker would be sorely missed.
Danny Kelly who'd replaced Kabba seemed to have opened his account for the Bees with his very first touch but his effort was ruled offside.
The injury to Kabba prompted seven minutes of time being added on, but despite a late penalty appeal following a challenge on Byrne the Spireites held on the secure their historic victory.
Post match Mark Stimson said that he would be travelling to Swansea on Tuesday for the Carling Cup tie with his strongest side, how close Kabba gets to the line-up one can only hope.