SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday September 17th, 3.00pm
Conor Wilkinson 8, 49
Kristian Dennis 70
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Paul Anderson 63
Attendance: 5,910 (736 Cobblers fans)
Chesterfield: Ryan Fulton, Paul McGinn, Sam Hird, Gary Liddle, Jon Nolan, Dion Donohue, Kristian Dennis (sub Ricky German 89), Tom Anderson, Conor Wilkinson (sub Dan Gardner 74), Jay O'Shea, Gboly Ariyibi
Subs not used: Ian Evatt, Reece Mitchell, Conor Dimaio, Liam Graham, Dylan Parkin
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Zander Diamond, Lewin Nyatanga, Paul Anderson, Jak McCourt (sub John-Joe O'Toole 81), Matt Taylor, Kenji Gorre (sub Sam Hoskins 46), Harry Beautyman (sub Marc Richards 61), Alex Revell
Subs not used: David Cornell, Alfie Potter, Gabriel Zakuani, JJ Hooper
Referee: Robert Jones
Chesterfield: Jon Nolan (77) , Kristian Dennis (82)
Cobblers: Jak McCourt (44, 2nd of the season)
5 cautions on or before 30 November; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Manager Rob Page once again named an unchanged side for the Cobblers trip to in-form Chesterfield.
Alex Revell, who appeared to have been pushed in the back, had an early penalty appeal turned down by referee Robert Jones before the home side took the lead a little against the run of play, Conor Wilkinson making a late run into the area to avoid a pending offside flag before finishing via the post.
The Cobblers reacted well to falling behind for the first time in the league this season but could have found themselves 2-0 down but for Zander Diamond’s intervention when Gboly Ariyibi’s deflected cross looked bound for goal.
An acrobatic tip over from home keeper Ryan Fulton denied Matt Taylor as the midfielder let fly from distance while just before the break Chesterfield survived a goalmouth scramble.
Sam Hoskins came on for the second half in place of Kenji Gorre.
Chesterfield doubled their lead on 49 minutes, Conor Wilkinson’s shot taking a huge deflection to beat Adam Smith.
Revell headed just wide before Marc Richards came on to partner him up front, Harry Beautyman making way.
Paul Anderson halved the Cobblers deficit just after the hour mark, volleying home at the far post after getting on the end of Taylor’s cross from the right.
The Cobblers were pushing forward but got caught on the break as Chesterfield restored their two-goal lead on 70 minutes, Dion Donohue with an angled drive into the bottom corner from 25-yards via a touch from Kristian Dennis.
John-Joe O’Toole came on for Jak McCourt in the Cobblers final change of the afternoon but their incredible record-breaking unbeaten run in the league, stretching back to December 19 2015 and encompassing 31 games, was to finally come to an end.
CHESTERFIELD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 3
CORNERS: (3) 4
FOULS: (2) 5
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 9
CORNERS: (5) 7
FOULS: (4) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta