NPOWER LEAGUE 2
Tuesday March 12th
The Globe Arena
Jack Redshaw 57
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Kelvin Langmead 89
Attendance: 1,366 (away fans not confirmed)
Morecambe: Andreas Arestidou, Nick Fenton, Will Haining, Andrew Wright, Lewis Alessandra (sub Chris Holroyd 77), Kevin Ellison, Chris McCready, Stewart Drummond, Gary McDonald, Andy Parrish (sub Robbie Threlfall 43), Jack Redshaw.
Subs not used: Lee Jones, Ryan Williams, Jordan Burrow, Andrew Fleming, Joe Mwasile
Cobblers: Lee Nicholls, John Johnson (sub Clive Platt 78), Kelvin Langmead, Clarke Carlisle, Lee Collins (sub Adebayo Akinfenwa 69), Joe Widdowson, Chris Hackett, Ben Tozer, Ben Harding, Ishmel Demontagnac, Roy O’Donovan.
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Claudio Dias, Luke Guttridge, Jake Robinson, Lewis Hornby
Referee: Mr C Sarginson
Morecambe: Stewart Drummond (49), Kevin Ellison (51), Jack Redshaw (76)
Cobblers: Ishmel Demontagnac (70, 6th of the season), John Johnson (72, 2nd)
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.
Aidy Boothroyd made two changes to the side for the long trip to Morecambe with Lee Collins and John Johnson replacing Lewis Hornby and Clive Platt.
Diminutive Morecambe striker Jack Redshaw had the first chance of the game on 6 minutes but his shot from just inside the area was well saved by Lee Nicholls. The Cobblers goalkeeper did well again on 16 minutes to turn behind a header from Gary McDonald.
Chris Hackett was denied by the woodwork on 18 minutes, his curled free-kick going through a crowd of players before striking the back-post. Kelvin Langmead then also rattled the Morecambe upright with a swerving shot from distance following some good play from Ishmel Demontagnac.
Redshaw spurned a good opportunity to give the Shrimps the lead on 24 minutes while a Demontagnac shot from 30-yards was well saved by Andreas Arestidou.
Ben Harding became the third Cobblers player on the night to be denied by the woodwork on 41 minutes, his terrific strike hitting the inside of the right-hand post.
The Cobblers then survived a late scramble in the penalty area following a Morecambe corner as the first half somehow ended goalless.
John Johnson just failed to connect with a cross/shot from Demontagnac at the start of the second half while for Morecambe Andrew Wright saw a shot deflected behind.
The home side took the lead on 57 minutes, Jack Redshaw with a good finish to beat Nicholls.
Arestidou parried a shot from Roy O'Donovan as the Cobblers looked to quickly get themselves back on level terms.
Adebayo Akinfenwa replaced Lee Collins midway through the second half before Demontagnac picked up a yellow card for a push on former Cobblers defender Chris McCready.
Clive Platt came on for Johnson in the Cobblers second change before O'Donovan volleyed just over from inside the area. Ben Harding shot just wide on 84 minutes as the Cobblers continued to ramp up the pressure on the Morecambe goal.
Kelvin Langmead equalised on 89 minutes, reacting quickest to fire home from close range after a superb free-kick from Demontagnac came back off the post.
A header from Akinfenwa was comfortably saved by Arestidou in stoppage time as the game ended all-square.
MORECAMBE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 3
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (6) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 11
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (5) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by the Press Association.