Northampton Town v Chesterfield: Match Preview

Northampton Town v Chesterfield

League Two

Saturday, September 22nd 2012

The Tuesday night win at Dagenham and Redbridge has lifted the Cobblers once again and we go into this weekend in the relatively comfortable position of eighth place in League Two. Without a league defeat at home so far this season, we’re starting to build up what could even be said to be a positive start to the campaign and another good result tomorrow would go a long way to creating the base of the always hopeful ‘fortress’ at Sixfields for the coming months.

Sheridan exit leaves managerial vacancy…

John Sheridan was relieved of his managerial duties after three years in charge of Chesterfield a few weeks ago after he failed to register a win in the opening four matches of the campaign. Mark Crossley and Tommy Wright have taken temporary charge and improved the side’s fortunes well over the last couple of weeks.

Unbeaten run forming for visitors…

Although the Spireites are staring up at the rest of the top half of the table from twelfth place, they are on a run of seven games without defeat in all competitions since losing 1-0 at Wimbledon on the opening day of the league season. Four draws followed but, along with a 2-1 win over Oldham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, they have been victorious in their last two as a 3-1 home win over Wycombe was followed by Tuesday night’s thrilling 4-3 success against Accrington Stanley.

Lester…in the goals

Lester rolling back the years…

Veteran striker Jack Lester struck twice on Tuesday night to build on his already glowing reputation as Chesterfield’s goal machine. The thirty six year old scored only four times last season as the Spireites were relegated but has found his feet again in League Two where he netted seventeen times to help the club to promotion in 2010.

Team News…

The Cobblers will definitely be missing Ben Harding who limped off during the win over Dagenham on Tuesday night with an ankle injury whilst Paul Turnbull has been loaned out to previous club Stockport County on a 93 day emergency loan.

Former Cobblers front man Marc Richards is also missing with an ankle problem but Danny Whittaker’s groin injury has improved and he should be available to play.

Club Links…

Marc Richards made over fifty appearances for the Cobblers between 2003 and 2005 but, as mentioned, won’t be available for this game.

Midfielder Sam Togwell spent time on loan at Sixfields 2005, making nine appearances whilst with Crystal Palace.

Ishmel Demontagnac was with Chesterfield in 2010, making ten appearances during a loan spell from Blackpool and the winger scored three times during that time.

 

Last Six Meetings…

08/03/11: Chesterfield 2-1 Cobblers (League Two)

En route to winning promotion from League Two in 2011, Chesterfield saw off the Cobblers in a tight game at the B2Net Stadium thanks to goals from Craig Davies and Jack Lester. Andy Holt grabbed the late consolation for Town.

28/09/10: Cobblers 1-2 Chesterfield (League Two)

Chesterfield also won by the same score line at Sixfields two years ago. After Kevin Thornton had given the Cobblers the lead on the stroke of half-time, the Spireites turned the game on its head in the second half as Dean Morgan and Craig Davies won the game for their side.

23/01/10@: Cobblers 0-0 Chesterfield (League Two)

Stalemate at Sixfields in January 2010 as both sides failed to break down the other on a frustrating afternoon for both.

15/08/09: Chesterfield 1-0 Cobblers (League Two)

Donal McDermott’s goal was enough to earn his side all three points in the Cobblers’ opening away fixture of the 2009/10 season.

21/04/07: Cobblers 1-0 Chesterfield (League One)

Cobblers loanee Simon Cox scored the only goal of the game late in the 2006/07 season, Town’s first campaign back in League One for three years.

06/12/06: Chesterfield 0-0 Cobblers (League One)

Earlier that season, the sides had played out an uneventful goalless draw at Saltergate.

 

The Man in the Middle…

Jeremy Simpson is the man to take charge this weekend and it’s his first outing as referee of a Cobblers match having spent the last few years at Conference level. He was the official for last season’s Conference playoff final between Luton Town and York City at Wembley and was promoted to league status in the summer.

 

Prediction…

This is likely to be a tough, tough Sixfields test for the Cobblers against a Chesterfield side rejuvenated under the stewardship of Tommy Smith and Mark Crossley. I would love to say a win but the head is going for a well contested draw. 2-2

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