Jack signs off af­ter two-goal show­ing


The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ricky But­ler

O’Shea curled home the first on 22 min­utes af­ter cut­ting in from the left, be­fore Richards headed home a Conor Townsend free-kick.

The stage was then set for Lester to get the goal the home fans had been pray­ing for.

The 37-year old was brought down in the penalty area by Danny Coles in the 34th minute and he coolly chipped home from the spot.

Scott Ben­nett did have the ball in the net for Ex­eter six min­utes be­fore the break but his close range header was dis­al­lowed for off­side.

Lester then made sure he ended his ca­reer in a grand man­ner with a typ­i­cally clin­i­cal fin­ish af­ter a lovely through ball from O’Shea on the hour.

Ex­eter mer­ited mak­ing the fi­nal score closer in the clos­ing stages and they would have done had it not been for a fine dou­ble save from Spire­ites goal­keeper Richard O’Don­nell to deny El­liott Cham­ber­lain.

Gre­cians boss Paul Tis­dale said:“I was re­ally pleased with the way the lads played.We were a lit­tle naïve at times and maybe a lit­tle bit too nice in cer­tain ar­eas of the pitch.

“It is never nice to lose a game of football, es­pe­cially 4-0, but I was re­ally pleased with some of the play­ers.”

Davids’ side failed to pro­duce any at­tack­ing football of note and were beaten 2-0 by the Cob­blers, who had a play-off place se­cured be­fore Satur­day’s re­sult but con­signed the Bees to non-league football with it.

Roy O’Dono­van scored for the sec­ond week run­ning, con­vert­ing Luke Gut­tridge’s pass mid­way through the sec­ond half, be­fore the provider turned goalscorer as Luke Gut­tridge ri­fled home Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa’s lay-off.

And Wim­ble­don’s 2-1 win over Fleet­wood meant they came out of the bot­tom two at the ex­pense of Bar­net, whose eight-sea­son run in the Football League is at an end.

“It's a bit­ter pill to swal­low and the play­ers are very dis­ap­pointed but they gave it ev­ery­thing they had,” Davids said.“But it wasn’t all down to this last game, we had a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties dur­ing the sea­son but didn’t take them.

“The play­ers can look them­selves in the eye and know they have given it ev­ery­thing they had. But you have to be sharp enough to take the chances you cre­ate es­pe­cially against a team like Northamp­ton. They were clin­i­cal in the sec­ond half.

“It’s even more dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we have reached all the ob­jec­tives that the chair­man set and reached the 51 points tar­get but we’ve still gone down.

“Los­ing a Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal was a bad ex­pe­ri­ence for me but I’m aware of the con­se­quences for the club go­ing out of the Football League.

“But this is a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence for me. As for my po­si­tion, I will have to sit down with the chair­man and dis­cuss things.”

For Northamp­ton, at­ten­tion now turns to a play-off cam­paign against Chel­tenham for which Aidy Boothroyd will have a ful­ly­fit squad from which to se­lect.

Key play­ers such as club cap­tain Kelvin Lang­mead and striker Clive Platt were left out of the side against Bar­net, and man­ager Boothroyd in­sists it is vi­tal he makes the most of such se­lec­tion op­tions.

“The first half wasn’t par­tic­u­larly good and some­times you get that when you change the team around a lit­tle bit,” he said.

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

REL­E­GATED MAE­STRO: Edgar Davids clears the ball for Bar­net DIS­MAY: David Stephens is de­jected as Bar­net face up to the drop


LAST HUR­RAH: Jack Lester


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