Chesterfield: Spireites’s hopes washed out

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Chesterfield’s hopes of ringing in the New Year with a bang against Northampton Town took a dive due to a waterlogged Sixfields.

Match officials called the game off little after midday when it became clear the pitch was unplayable due to standing water on the pitch.

Rain continued to lash down on the pitch, which had already endured a handful of heavy downpours over the last week, as referee Graham Horwood and representatives from both clubs analysed the conditions.

A rescheduled date for the League Two game will be made in due course.

Following the announcement, Spireites manager Paul Cook said: “I am very disappointed because I was really looking forward to the game.

“I felt that we had a good chance of winning. Gary Roberts was due to start and Sam Morsy would have been on the bench.

“Ian Evatt and Sam Hird would also have served their suspensions so that is another thing to take into account.

“While we are disappointed, we respect the referee’s decision. We now look forward to Saturday’s game at Cheltenham.”

In-form Scunthorpe United leapfrogged Chesterfield into top spot in the division with a 3-0 win over fifth-placed Rochdale.

Burton Albion moved into second after a goalless draw at Mansfield Town.

Southend United scored in the 90th minute to overcome Portsmouth 2-1 and move into fourth - with the same amount of points as the Spireites in third.

Oxford United, who began the day in fifth spot, had to turn the bus around when their clash with Newport County was postponed and slipped to sixth.

Chesterfield’s attention turns to Saturday’s trip to Cheltenham. Mark Yates’ Robins also had their game, at Bristol Rovers, postponed.

Cheltenham had only two wins to their name come the start of October during a disappointing start to the campaign. Since then, however, they have picked up and put an 11-game unbeaten run together before Mansfield put an end to that with a 2-1 win at Whaddon Road.