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Preview: Northampton Town

21 September 2012

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Overview –

Chesterfield travel to Sixfields off the back of a seven-game unbeaten run, although the Spireites are yet to clinch their first win on the road this season. Tommy Wright's side made it back-to-back wins with a 4-3 victory against a plucky Accrington side on Tuesday night, following on from a comfortable 3-1 win over Gary Waddock's Wycombe.

Town were cruelly denied victory at Bootham Crescent on their travels last time out, as Jason Walker volleyed home a 95th minute leveller but the Spireites do remain the only side to take a point off table-topping Gillingham, after Danny Kedwell cancelled out Craig Westcarr's strike to give Martin Allen's side a share of the spoils.

Chesterfield's haven't tasted defeat since the opening day, when Jack Midson's goal was enough to give AFC Wimbledon a 1-0 at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Northampton, meanwhile, have been in impressive form at Sixfields, a 3-1 reversal against Championship new boys Wolves in the Capital One Cup their only defeat on home soil so far. Adebayo Akinfenwa's goal was enough to secure all three points for the Cobblers against Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday, after they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Team News –


Caretaker boss Tommy Wright will be without striker Marc Richards, after the former Port Vale man was stretchered off with suspected ankle ligament damage at full-time against Paul Cook's side. The 30-year-old striker made 53 appearances for Northampton, but won't be able to face his former club after opening his account for the Spireites with a glancing header on Tuesday.

Jack Lester moved his tally to five with a brace against Stanley and he is likely to lead the line with Craig Westcarr, Drew Talbot either side of him and the returning Danny Whitaker in behind.

Northampton Town

Aidy Boothroyd will be without midfielder Ben Harding for the visit of the Spireites, after the midfielder was forced off with an ankle injury against Dagenham & Redbridge. Ben Tozer replaced him and is likely to start on Saturday, while Akinfenwa will also retain his place after overcoming an illness to score the winner.

John Johnson also returned after picking up a shin injury and Danny East will be in contention after serving a one-match ban for his red card against Fleetwood Town.

Last Time Out –


Chesterfield 4-3 Accrington Stanley (Lester 7,66, Richards 11, Forbes 85; Bocco 28,76, Murphy 58)

Chesterfield (4-4-2) - O'Donnell; Forbes, Trotman, Hird (c), Ridehalgh; Talbot, Atkinson (Allott 88), Togwell, Westcarr (Darikwa 62); Richards, Lester (Randall 88).

Unused Subs - Wilson, Clay, Boden, Hazel.

Northampton Town

Dagenham & Redbridge 0-1 Northampton Town (Akinfenwa 50)

Northampton - Nicholls Johnson, Widdowson, Langmead, Artell, Hackett, Guttridge, Harding (Tozer 7), Demontagnac (Mukendi 86), Akinfenwa (Platt), Nicholls.

Unused Subs - Snedker, Wilson, Turnbull, Moult.

One to Watch -

Alex Nicholls

24-year-old striker Alex Nicholls has enjoyed a prolific start to the 2012/13 season, netting four league goals and once against Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup so far.

Nicholls joined the Cobblers in June this year on a free transfer, after scoring 24 times in an impressive 191 appearances for League One Walsall. He broke into the first team at the Bescot Stadium back in 2005, making his debut against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup. He scored his first professional goal against Swansea City in the Football League Trophy, but his debut season was cut short after he sustained a broken leg in a youth cup tie against Hendesford Town.

In 2007, he had a stint on loan with Burton Albion, making 14 appearances for the Brewers without scoring. He returned to the Saddlers in April and went on to make 24 appearances the following season, scoring on three occasions including an FA Cup strike against Millwall.

He was offered a two-year extension in 2010, but after that expired he joined AIdy Boothroyd at Sixfields and has had an instant impact for the Cobblers.

Ticket Information -

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Proact Stadium  ticket office or over the phone on, 01246 488232.

Tickets ordered over the phone may be collected from the ticket office up till kick off on match day.

An online option to purchase tickets is now operational at here

A charge of 50 pence per ticket will be made for all credit card transactions. Debit cards will not incur a charge.

Concessions are issued to the over 65 's and juniors ages between 15 - 18 years.

Juvenile tickets are issued to children aged 14 years or under (Under 12's must be accompanied by an adult)

Children under 7 will be admitted at the reduced rate of £2 to the family areas of the ground only.

Proof of ID must be produced when asked for both when purchasing tickets and on entry to the ground. Failure to do so will result in the higher price being charged.

If an incorrect ticket is taken to the turnstile and ID cannot be provided then the stewards reserve the right to refuse admittance.

The ticket can then be taken to the ticket office where the ticket will be upgraded and the relevant match day price difference must be paid.

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