MORECAMBE boss Sammy McIlroy was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief after his side shocked League Two table-toppers Chesterfield to pick up their first win in 10 games.
After a quiet opening Morecambe showed their intentions with James Spencer seeing an effort blocked by Derek Niven and Stewart Drummond firing over the bar before Chesterfield worried the Morecambe defence with Jack Lester skipping past two challenges but shooting tamely at Barry Roche.
It was another former Chesterfield player who was to make his mark on the game however when the again impressive Hurst opened the scoring on 22 minutes. The on-loan Carlisle man scored his second Morecambe goal with a superb 25-yard drive which beat Tommy Lee low to his right.
The Shrimps continued to provide a threat with Kieran Charnock unable to make the most of a free header at the far post with a header that was easily gathered by Lee.
But it wasn’t long before Morecambe doubled their lead just before the hour.
Kieran Djilali lost the ball and Morecambe worked it over from their right.
Hurst knocked it back into the danger area and as the Chesterfield defence dithered around a bouncing ball Spencer showed a great instinct by lifting the ball over Lee from around eight yards.
It was the first time the Shrimps had had a two–goal lead for some time and they did their utmost to hang on to it as Chesterfield struggled to produce a response.
Craig Davies did have the ball in the net after robbing Roche of possession but he was adjudged to have fouled the Morecambe keeper and was booked for his efforts. Substitute Scott Boden produced two late efforts but the Shrimps went close to adding a third when Laurence Wilson was denied by Lee.
In the end the Morecambe defence kept its first clean sheet in 12 games as Chesterfield failed to score for the first time in their impressive new stadium.
Chesterfield: Lee, Holden, Robertson, Breckin, Talbot; Niven (Lowry 76), Morris, Djilali (Boden 59), Smalley; Davies, Lester (Whittaker 59): Subs not used: Redmond, Griffiths, Vidal, Bowery.
Booked: Holden, Davies.
Morecambe: Roche 7; Parrish 7, Charnock 7, McCready 7, Wilson 7; Hurst 7 (Wainwright 75), Drummond 8, Fleming 7, Hunter 7, Carlton 7 (Jevons 78), Spencer 7 (Hendrie 83). Subs not used: Walker (GK), Bentley, Brown, Cowperthwaite.
Booked: Wilson, Jevons.
Ref: B Malone (Wiltshire)
Star man: Stewart Drummond – Controlled the midfield in tandem with the improving Andy Fleming.