Chesterfield’s youth team were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at the First Round after they endured a torrid time against Northampton Town on a blustery night at the Proact Stadium.
A brace from striker Ivan Toney and a goal by David Moyo before half time all but ended the Spireites hopes and was enough for the Cobblers to progress through to the next round.
Striker Mark Fereday had Chesterfield's first chance of the night as he twisted and turned the Northampton defence but his effort was saved by 'keeper Dean Snedker.
The Cobblers took the lead in the 13th minute after the Spireites were caught in possession and allowed midfielder Danny Harmon to play a pin point pass to striker Ivan Toney, who composed himself and dinked the ball over 'keeper Cameron Mason with a superb finish.
The score could have been doubled just minutes later as striker David Moyo found himself in space, he managed to get a shot away but it whistled just past the post.
In the blustery conditions the Spireites struggled to stamp their authority on the game as the visitors pressed and gave the Blues no time on the ball.
Manager Dave Bentley should have seen his side level the match after a superb long range cross from midfielder Joshua Scully found the head of striker Bradley Bowland, but his effort went wide as the Spireites wasted a golden opportunity.
Defender Jordan Slack nearly scored a bizarre goal for Chesterfield as he found space on the far left and saw his cross wobble in the wind as both teams’ battled blustery conditions.
Scully was finding his feet and linking up well with his team mates as the Blues were creeping their way back into the game and testing Northampton's defence.
However, it was poor defending from Bentley's side that cost them dearly. A Northampton corner from midfielder Lewis Hornby found the unmarked striker David Moyo who powered the ball home with a free header.
The goal seemed to deflate Chesterfield and they were struggling to handle strikers Toney and Moyo, who were linking up well together and a posing a constant threat to the back four.
With only five minutes remaining in the first half things got worse for Bentley's boys as Toney was given too much room on the edge of the box and his long range effort beat Mason to all but seal his team’s place in the next round.
Despite trailing Bentley's side couldn't find a way past a well organised and solid defence as Jordan Chambers and Claudio Dias were dealing with any threat with ease.
Mason was forced into a superb save just past the hour- mark as defender Tyler Reeve hit an audacious shot from 40 plus yards which was tipped over the bar by the Spireites ‘keeper.
As Chesterfield pressed forward in search of a way back into the game they left gaps in the defence and Moyo's pace and trickery allowed him to get a shot away but just went wide.
The visitors distributed the ball well and always looked a danger going forward as Chesterfield struggled to find their feet.
Substitute Callum Powell nearly grabbed a fourth for Northampton as he outpaced Jack Broadhead and went one on one with Mason who made another smart save with his legs.
Bentley made a change with only a quarter of the game left as Fereday was replaced with striker Fabien Johnson who nearly made an instant impact.
Johnson found room on the far right and held the ball up well, and despite being under pressure, did well to twist and turn and get a shot away but he couldn’t find the target.
The Spireites are now six games without a win in all competitions and face Hartlepool United at home in their next fixture.
Chesterfield Xl: Mason, Slack, Broadhead, Whittaker, Edridge( 82 McNicholas), Noel, Scully, Hewitt, Clarke, Bowland, Fereday( Johnson 73). Subs: McNicholas, Dakwa, Mullins, Beesley, Johnson.