Northampton Town 0 Chesterfield 0 - the match report
NPOWER LEAGUE 2
Saturday September 22nd, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 4,709 (614 away fans)
Cobblers: Lee Nicholls, Danny East, Joe Widdowson, Kelvin Langmead, David Artell, Chris Hackett, Luke Guttridge, Ben Tozer, Ishmel Demontagnac (sub Louis Moult 77), Adebayo Akinfenwa, Alex Nicholls.
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Henoc Mukendi, Lewis Wilson, John Johnson, Anthony Charles.
Chesterfield: Richard O’Donnell, Terrell Forbes, Neal Trotman, Sam Hird, Sam Togwell, Craig Westcarr, Tendayo Darikwa, Jack Lester (sub Danny Whitaker 76), Liam Ridehalgh, Chris Atkinson (sub Mark Allott 90), Drew Talbot.
Subs not used: Craig Clay, Jacob Hazell, Jonathan Wafula, Mark Randall, Ben Wilson.
Referee: Mr J Simpson
Chesterfield: Craig Westcarr (19), Neal Trotman (75), Chris Atkinson (90)
5 cautions on or before 31 December; 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.
Ben Tozer and Danny East both came into the side with Ben Harding (ankle) ruled out and John Johnson dropping to the bench. Clive Platt was rested due to injury.
The first real shot on target didn’t arrive until the 19th minute, Lee Nicholls saving a shot from Craig Westcarr.
Richard O'Donnell saved a low shot from Alex Nicholls on 40 minutes as the Cobblers tried to carve an opening.
Jack Lester then rattled the Cobblers crossbar as the first half ended with the score deadlocked at 0-0.
The second half started in much the same way as the first with defences on top.
The game although very much still in the balance badly needed a spark and with just under 15 minutes to go both sides made a change, Louis Moult on for Ishmel Demontagnac and Danny Whitaker replacing Jack Lester.
As the Cobblers looked to pile on the pressure in the closing stages, Kelvin Langmead saw a header saved at point blank range while Luke Guttridge fired just wide.
Neither side could force an opening though as the game ended goalless.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 6
CORNERS: (4) 5
FOULS: (5) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
CHESTERFIELD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 4
CORNERS: (0) 2
FOULS: (5) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (4) 8
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by the Press Association.