Match ends, Chesterfield 3, Northampton Town 1.
Northampton's 31-game unbeaten run in league matches came to an end when a Conor Wilkinson double helped Chesterfield to victory at the Proact Stadium.
The on-loan Bolton striker scored in each half and although Paul Anderson pulled a goal back, Dion Donohue sealed Chesterfield's first win in five games.
The Spireites caught Northampton flat in the seventh minute when Jon Nolan played Wilkinson in on the left and his low shot went in off the far post.
Northampton almost conceded again in the 24th minute when Gboly Ariyibi's cross was deflected goalwards, but Zander Diamond made a great clearance to put the ball over the crossbar.
It needed a good save from Adam Smith to deny Northampton in the 40th minute when Matt Taylor's 20-yard shot was turned over, but their hopes of a comeback were dented nine minutes later when Wilkinson was allowed to turn on the edge of the area to score with a deflected shot.
Town reduced the deficit in the 63rd minute when Anderson was unmarked at the back post to beat Ryan Fulton, only for Donohue to break away in the 70th minute and score with a 20-yard shot.
Reports supplied by the Press Association.
- 18NolanBooked at 77mins
- 20DennisBooked at 82minsSubstituted forGermanat 89'minutes
- 24WilkinsonSubstituted forGardnerat 74'minutes
- 16BeautymanSubstituted forRichardsat 61'minutes
- 12McCourtBooked at 44minsSubstituted forO'Tooleat 80'minutes
- 11GorréSubstituted forHoskinsat 45'minutes
- Robert Jones
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Chesterfield 3, Northampton Town 1.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.
Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).
Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Ricky German replaces Kristian Dennis.
Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).
Sam Hird (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Alex Revell (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).
Gary Liddle (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Kristian Dennis (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.
Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield).
Substitution, Northampton Town. John-Joe O'Toole replaces Jak McCourt.
Jon Nolan (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jon Nolan (Chesterfield).
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sam Hird.