SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday September 28th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 3,841 (93 away fans)
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Kevin Amankwaah, Lee Collins, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Paul Reid, Chris Hackett, Gary Deegan, Darren Carter (sub Danny Emerton 80), Ian Morris, Ivan Toney (sub Ben Tozer 74), Roy O’Donovan.
Subs not used: Ben McNamara, Joe Widdowson, JJ Hooper, Ishmel Demontagnac, Matty Harriott
Morecambe: Barry Roche, Alex Kenyon, Mark Hughes, Tony Diagne, Andrew Wright, Jack Sampson (sub Joe Mwaslie 86), Ryan Williams, Kevin Ellison, Stuart Drummond, Andy Parrish, Padraig Amond.
Subs not used: Andrew Fleming, Will Bell, Joe McGee, Aaron McGowan, Chris Doyle, Andreas Arestidou
Referee: Mr D Sheldrake
Cobblers: Gary Deegan (23, 6th of the season), Darren Carter (77, 3rd), Roy O'Donovan (79, 2nd)
Morecambe: Alex Kenyon (90)
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.
With Clive Platt (calf) and Jacob Blyth (thigh) both ruled out through injury, Northampton born striker Ivan Toney made his first league start for the club at the age of just 17.
Gary Deegan (back from suspension) and Roy O’Donovan also came back into the side while Paul Reid started in central defence having rejoined the club nine years on from his first spell at Sixfields. Former Cobblers defender Mark Hughes captained Morecambe.
The Cobblers started brightly with Toney causing some early problems for the Morecambe defence. Padraig Amond fired a shot wide under pressure from Reid in the visitor’s first attack.
A cross from Deegan on 26 minutes was well met by Toney but his header went just wide. In a brief spell of Morecambe pressure, Matt Duke made a smart save to deny Alex Kenyon.
More good work from Toney at the end of the first half provided a chance for O’Donovan but his flicked shot went just wide.
Mark Hughes went close to breaking the deadlock just before the hour mark, his well-struck shot cleared off the line by Darren Carter.
Reid made a good block to deny Sampson while for the Cobblers Toney just failed to connect with a cross from O’Donovan. Ben Tozer then came on for Toney in the Cobblers first change.
Danny Emerton replaced Darren Carter as the game entered the final 10 minutes. The referee Darren Sheldrake then had to leave the field with an injury, the fourth official taking charge.
Ian Morris fired a shot wide from distance while Chris Hackett curled a free-kick over from 30-yards. There was to be no late Sixfields drama though as the game ended goalless.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 1
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (6) 8
CORNERS: (3) 3
FOULS: (8) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
MORECAMBE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 5
CORNERS: (1) 5
FOULS: (6) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 4
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.