Jack signs off after two-goal showing
CHESTERFIELD ..4 EXETER CITY......0
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.
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