NPOWER LEAGUE 2
Saturday September 15th, 3.00pm
FLEETWOOD TOWN 1
Andrew Mangan 90
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 3,027 (Cobblers fans not confirmed)
Fleetwood: Scott Davies, Shaun Beeley, Dean Howell, Steve McNulty, Jon Parkin (sub Steven Gillespie 30), Lee Fowler, Junior Brown, Andrew Mangan, Jamie McGuire (sub Tom Barkuizen 59), Damien Johnson, Youl Mawene .
Subs not used: Jamie Milligan, Barry Nicholson, Chris Maxwell, Alex Marrow, Ashley Eastham
Cobblers: Lee Nicholls, Danny East, Joe Widdowson, Kelvin Langmead, David Artell, Chris Hackett, Ben Tozer, Ben Harding, Louis Moult (sub Lewis Wilson 46), Alex Nicholls, Clive Platt.
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Henoc Mukendi, Luke Guttridge, Paul Turnbull, Ishmel Demontagnac.
Referee: Mr S Rushton
Fleetwood: Jon Parkin (19), Lee Fowler (34), Junior Brown (80)
Cobblers: Ben Harding (37, 1st of the season), Lee Nicholls (75, 2nd), David Artell (84, 2nd)
5 cautions on or before 31 December; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Cobblers: Danny East (24, misses Dagenham)
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
The Cobblers were without Adebayo Akinfenwa through illness and the injured John Johnson and Anthony Charles for the long trip north.
Jamie McGuire thought he had given Fleetwood the lead on 5 minutes but his header was deemed off-side. At the other end a flicked header from David Artell was well saved by Scott Davies.
Danny East picked up a harsh looking yellow card for a challenge on Junior Brown before Jon Parkin soon followed East into the referee's notebook for a foul on Kelvin Langmead.
Parkin was presented with a good opportunity to open the scoring on 21 minutes but the big striker skied his effort from close range.
The Cobblers were reduced to ten men on 24 minutes, East shown a second yellow card following a challenge for a header with Jamie McGuire.
With the game being played at a good tempo, Andrew Mangan saw a shot saved by Lee Nicholls. The home side then made a change with Steven Gillespie replacing Parkin.
Fleetwood again had a goal disallowed on 39 minutes, Junior Brown's header chalked off for off-side. Lee Fowler meanwhile saw a shot from distance saved by Lee Nicholls.
Aidy Boothroyd made a change at half-time with Lewis Wilson on for Louis Moult.
Junior Brown spurned another good chance for the home side five minutes into the second half, blazing his shot wide after racing through clear on goal.
The pacy Chris Hackett played in Alex Nicholls on the counter-attack, Nicholls shot was saved at the second attempt by Davies.
Nicholls flashed a shot just wide while Fleetwood had a goal disallowed for the third time, Junior Brown's effort again ruled out after the ball had gone out of play.
The home side were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area on 84 minutes but after the ball was touched to Andrew Mangan his deflected effort was gathered comfortably by Lee Nicholls.
Two minutes into stoppage time Fleetwood took the lead, Andrew Mangan heading in from close range following a deflected cross.
The goal was harsh on the Cobblers who had defended resolutely with ten men for more than an hour but was enough to seal all three points for Fleetwood in what was the first ever league meeting between the two sides.
FLEETWOOD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (6) 16
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 11
CORNERS: (2) 5
FOULS: (11) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (5) 9
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 2
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (9) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by the Press Association.