NPOWER LEAGUE 2
Tuesday January 1st
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3
Abu Ogogo og 35
Chris Hackett 39
Kelvin Langmead 51
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 1
Scott Doe 71
Attendance: 4,368 (172 away fans)
Cobblers: Lee Nicholls, Ben Tozer, Kelvin Langmead, Anthony Charles, Joe Widdowson, Chris Hackett, Ben Harding, Lewis Hornby (sub Luke Guttridge 62), Jake Robinson, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Clive Platt (sub Louis Moult 78)
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Ishmel Demontagnac, Claudio Dias, David Moyo, Paul Turnbull.
Dagenham: Chris Lewington, Luke Wilkinson, Feli Ilesamni, Scott Doe, Michael Spillane, Sam Williams, Medy Elito, Jake Reed (sub Brian Woodall 46), Matthew Saunders (sub Jake Caprice 76), Luke Howell, Abu Ogogo
Subs not used: Josh Scott, Kevin Maher, Gavin Hoyte, Billy Bingham, Jordan Seabright
Referee: Mr J Simpson
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sending offs: 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.
After back-to-back postponements at AFC Wimbledon and Gillingham the Cobblers kicked off 2013 back at Sixfields against Dagenham & Redbridge.
Adebayo Akinfenwa (suspension) and Joe Widdowson (dead leg) both came back into the side while Jake Robinson replaced the injured Emyr Huws in midfield. With Clarke Carlisle notable to play Anthony Charles partnered Kelvin Langmead in central defence. The fit again Luke Guttridge was named among the substitutes.
The Cobblers had the better of the opening 20 minutes without really creating any clear cut chances. Sam Williams raced through for the Daggers on 26 minutes but despite being well-placed in front of goal failed to test Lee Nicholls.
Town took the lead on 36 minutes when Abu Ogogo diverted the ball into his own net following a good flick on from Clive Platt.
That lead was quickly doubled, Platt opened up the defence with a cross field ball and Chris Hackett showed a neat turn of pace before finding the bottom corner with a terrific finish.
Matthew Saunders nearly pulled a goal back for Dagenham at the start of the second half but his header cannoned back off the Cobblers crossbar.
It was 3-0 on 52 minutes, Kelvin Langmead claiming the final touch from close range to a superbly delivered corner from Ben Harding.
Scott Doe headed wide for the Daggers on the hour mark before Luke Guttridge came on for Lewis Hornby.
Doe did pull a goal back for Dagenham on 71 minutes with a powerful strike from just outside the penalty area.
Louis Moult replaced Clive Platt in the Cobblers second change and Aidy Boothroyd's side saw out the remainder of the game to get the new year off to a winning start.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 3
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (7) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
DAGENHAM MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 7
CORNERS: (2) 3
FOULS: (4) 5
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by the Press Association.