SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday March 22nd, 3pm
The Globe Arena
Padraig Amond 75
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Andrew Wright (og) 45
Attendance: 1,761 (395 Cobblers fans)
Morecambe: Barry Roche, Robbie Threlfall, Alex Kenyon, Mark Hughes, Andrew Wright, Jack Sampson (sub Jack Redshaw 62), Kevin Ellison (sub Marcus Marshall 86), Jamie Devitt, Andrew Fleming, Padraig Amond (sub Tony Diagne 90), Ryan Edwards.
Subs not used: Andreas Arestidou, Ryan Williams, Chris McCready, Joe McGee
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Ben Tozer, Zander Diamond, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Gregor Robertson, Chris Hackett(sub Gary Deegan 15), Ricky Ravenhill, Darren Carter, Ian Morris, Emile Sinclair, Alan Connell
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Leon McSweeney, Ivan Toney, Cristian Lopez, Brennan Dickenson, David Moyo
Referee: Mr C Sarginson
Cobblers: Gregor Robertson (66, 1st of the season), Darren Carter (79, 9th)
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.
Ben Tozer came into the Cobblers side for the trip to Morecambe with Leon McSweeney dropping to the bench.
Chris Wilder was forced into making a change after just 15 minutes, Gary Deegan replacing Chris Hackett.
The first real opportunity of the afternoon went to the Cobblers with Emile Sinclair's parried shot not quite falling for Ian Morris.
Padraig Amond struck the post for Morecambe on 26 minutes before at the other end a cross from Alan Connell just eluded Sinclair.
The Cobblers had the lead just before half-time, Sinclair's cross sliced into his own net by Morecambe defender Andrew Wright.
Morecambe started the second half brightly and went close to scoring an equaliser when an audacious lob from Jamie Devitt landed on the roof of the Cobblers net.
Matt Duke then made a terrific save to keep out a well-struck curling free-kick from Kevin Ellison.
The Shrimps scored an equaliser on 75 minutes, a neat back heel from substitute Jack Redshaw setting up Padraig Amond who made it 1-1.
Sinclair smashed a shot against Roche as the Cobblers looked to quickly restore their lead.
The Cobblers finished the 90 minutes strongly with three corners in quick succession, from one of which Morris saw a shot blocked on the line, before Devitt thought he had won it for Morecambe in stoppage time, only for his shot to go inches wide of the post. That proved to be the last chance of the afternoon as the game ended all-square.
MORECAMBE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 5
CORNERS: (0) 1
FOULS: (7) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 6
CORNERS: (2) 5
FOULS: (7) 15
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.