SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday September 6th, 3.00pm
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Marc Richards 8, 23
Attendance: 2,186 (552 Cobblers fans)
Dagenham: Liam O'Brien, Damien Batt, Brian Saah, Ian Gayle, Matt Partridge (sub Mason Bloomfield 90), Andre Boucaud, Abu Ogogo, Luke Howell (sub Bradley Goldberg 69), George Porter (sub Nathan Green 69), Ashley Hemmings, Jamie Cureton.
Subs not used: Mark Cousins, Joss Labadie, Frankie Raymond.
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Ben Tozer, Zander Diamond, Ryan Cresswell, Gregor Robertson, Chris Hackett (sub Lawson D'Ath 78), Ryan Watson, Joel Byrom, Kaid Mohamed, Ivan Toney (sub John-Joe O'Toole 70), Marc Richards (sub David Moyo 90)
Subs not used: Brendan Brown (youth keeper), Darren Carter, Ricky Ravenhill, Connor Roberts.
Referee: Mr G Horwood
Dagenham: Jamie Cureton (41), Matt Partridge (55)
Cobblers: Chris Hackett (39, 1st of the season)
5 cautions on or before 30 November; 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.
Transfer deadline day signings Ryan Cresswell and Ryan Watson both made their debuts for Northampton Town in the trip to Dagenham. Darren Carter returned on the bench having recovered from a hamstring injury. Zander Diamond captained the side in the absence of Lee Collins (hamstring).
The Cobblers started brightly in East London with Marc Richards heading wide from a deflected Chris Hackett cross.
Richards was soon on target however, opening the scoring on 8 minutes. Kaid Mohamed provided the pull back for Richards to convert following a great ball from Ivan Toney.
Liam O’Brien kept out a fizzer of a shot from Hackett on 18 minutes before pulling off another great save to keep out a bullet header from Richards.
A second goal felt like it was coming and it was Marc Richards who made it 2-0 with his second of the game midway through the first half, Richards heading in from a Joel Byrom corner.
Richards nearly completed his hat-trick on 44 minutes and but for Brian Saah’s block on the goal line the Cobblers would have extended their lead.
Matt Duke tipped over a shot from Luke Howell at the start of the second half before the ever-green Jamie Cureton found the side netting as the home side looked for an opening.
John-Joe O’Toole came on for Ivan Toney in the Cobblers first change. Lawson D’Ath then replaced Chris Hackett for the final 12 minutes.
Daggers substitute Bradley Goldberg went close with a curled shot on 84 minutes before D’Ath nearly made it 3 for Town, his deflected effort going just wide.
David Moyo came on for Marc Richards late on as the Cobblers closed out their first away victory of the new season, thanks to the aforementioned Richards brace in the first half.
DAGENHAM MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 10
CORNERS: (1) 6
FOULS: (3) 5
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 3
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (7) 11
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 5
CORNERS: (3) 8
FOULS: (8) 17
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta