Another small step along the road…

Northampton Town 0-0 Chesterfield

League Two

Saturday, September 22nd 2012

The Cobblers continue to trouble the top half of the League Two table despite a tame draw over the weekend that saw visitors Chesterfield do enough to both earn a share of the spoils and to provide us with a feeling of a decent point gained rather than two dropped, something that previous goalless outings have produced.

Given the 1-0 victory over Dagenham on Tuesday this one was an acceptable point against an in form Spireites outfit for whom Jack Lester was a constant threat with a couple of good chances and a shot that hit the bar in his side’s best effort of a quiet afternoon. The striker, who turns thirty seven in a couple of weeks’ time, has been back to his best so far this season and Town will be happy to keep the latest in a good run of defensive displays.

With Clive Platt out injured it was left to Bayo and Alex Nicholls to try and provide the goals again but both were dealt with well by the visitors’ defence who would also be happy with the result given that they had conceded three a few days prior to this against Accrington Stanley.

The end result was one of satisfaction for both clubs then as we strive to keep in with the chasing pack in this crucial part of the season. We’re in a clutch of games now that could go a long way to determining where the rest of the season will go. There’s still been too few games to really have a panic about the odd poor result but a little burst of tidy performances and score lines means that the Cobblers are on the outskirts of the top seven as things stand.

We’ll all, I’m sure, be delighted if that remains the case for the rest of the season and if we can back up the defensive aspects with a bit more of a spark going forward then we can have no fear of being dragged back towards what has been our home for the past couple of seasons, the relegation dog fight.

An tough away fixture at Burton Albion is next up with the Brewers having taken ten points from their last four games to pull themselves up into that last playoff place going into the weekend. They have a midweek encounter in the League Cup at Bradford before hosting the Cobblers on Saturday.

For Town, it’s another step along the long path to putting to bed the ghosts of seasons past. Just seeing us above that line that divides the top and bottom halves of League Two is enough at the moment and as long as the results keep coming in, the points continue to mount up and the weekend fixtures carry on being something to really look forward to rather than something to dread then I’ll be pretty content!

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