NPOWER LEAGUE 2
Tuesday September 18th, 7.45pm
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Adebayo Akinfenwa 50
Attendance: 1,429 (272 Cobblers fans)
Dagenham: Chris Lewington, Luke Wilkinson, Oluwafeni Ilesanmi, Scott Doe, Michael Spillane, Medy Elito (sub Billy Bingham 73), Luke Howell, Gavin Hoyte, Abu Ogogo, Dwight Gayle (sub Josh Scott 69), Brian Woodall (sub Sam Williams 63).
Subs not used: Jordan Seabright, Dominic Green, Jake Reed, Danny J Green.
Cobblers: Lee Nicholls, John Johnson, Joe Widdowson, Kelvin Langmead, David Artell, Chris Hackett, Luke Guttridge, Ben Harding (sub Ben Tozer 7), Ishmel Demontagnac (sub Henoc Mukendi 86), Adebayo Akinfenwa (sub Clive Platt 77), Alex Nicholls.
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Lewis Wilson, Paul Turnbull, Louis Moult.
Referee: Mr M Russell
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
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.
Aidy Boothroyd made four changes for the trip to Dagenham, one of which was enforced due to Danny East serving a one-match suspension following his sending off at Fleetwood.
The fit again John Johnson returned at right-back with Adebayo Akinfenwa, having fully recovered from illness, replacing Clive Platt in attack. Luke Guttridge came back into the side while Ishmel Demontagnac made his first league start for the club.
The Cobblers were forced into making an early change with Ben Tozer coming on for Ben Harding after the midfielder was forced off with an injury.
Dagenham's first real chance of the night came on 18 minutes, Luke Wilkinson heading wide from a corner. A half-volley from Brian Woodall landed on the roof of the Cobblers net as the first-half reached the midway point.
Dwight Gayle headed straight at Lee Nicholls while for the Cobblers Akinfenwa flashed a header just wide of the far post. Demontagnac went on a surging run on 38 minutes but the pacy winger couldn't find the finish to match his run.
Akinfenwa then spurned a good chance to give the Cobblers the lead but after doing so well to create the opportunity for himself he rolled his shot wide of the target.
The Cobblers took the lead on 50 minutes, Adebayo Akinfenwa rising highest to head home from a Chris Hackett corner.
Akinfenwa went close to doubling the lead on 68 minutes but after being set up by Luke Guttridge he couldn't quite direct his header on target.
Lee Nicholls did well to palm over a shot from Josh Scott as the Daggers looked to up the ante. Clive Platt came on for Akinfenwa in the Cobblers second change.
Henoc Mukendi replaced Demontagnac as the game entered the closing stages.
Dagenham forced a corner in stoppage time but there was to be no late drama as the Cobblers picked up their first away win of the season.
DAGENHAM MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 10
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (3) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (6) 7
CORNERS: (3) 7
FOULS: (7) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by the Press Association.