The Spireites were good value for their 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers - a third triumph in the space of a week - to sit clear of the chasing pack at the summit.
Gary Roberts was Rovers' tormentor, linking up with Eoin Doyle for Sam Morsy's early opener and, after Brown had curled in a 20-yard leveller, Roberts set up Ollie Banks just before the interval.,
The midfielder then sealed the points in the 47th minute when he sent Doyle through to squeeze a shot under Steve Mildenhall, who made a brilliant point-blank save to deny Banks a second.
"The credit and plaudits must go to the players, they have applied themselves really well over the last few weeks. We have put a lot of demands on them and they have responded to a man so hopefully we will take that into the next few games," Richardson said.
"I think people forget that in the summer we brought in quite a number of players and we kind of had a new team. We did a lot of work prior to Christmas and we've done our tactics so now it's good for momentum to kick in and the players have taken responsibility among themselves.
"I think in most sports momentum is massive and we've got a little bit of that and team spirit is good, so it's our job to maintain that. This has been a good day and it's been a good squad performance but the lads have got their feet on the ground."
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