SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday September 27th, 3.00pm
The Globe Arena
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Ivan Toney 33
Attendance: 1,725 (Cobblers fans not confirmed)
Morecambe: Barry Roche, Shaun Beeley, Alex Kenyon (sub Alan Goodall 46), Ryan Edwards, Jack Redshaw, Ryan Williams (sub Jack Sampson 84), Kevin Ellison, Joe Widdowson, Andy Fleming (sub Paul Mullin 67), Andy Parrish, Padraig Amond.
Subs not used: Andreas Arestidou, Mark Hughes, Andrew Wright, Aaron McGowan.
Cobblers: Jordan Archer, Ben Tozer, Ryan Cresswell, Lee Collins, Gregor Robertson, Chris Hackett (sub Darren Carter 80), Ryan Watson, Joel Byrom, Kaid Mohamed (sub Ricky Ravenhill 85), Lawson D’Ath (sub John-Joe O'Toole 70), Ivan Toney
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, David Moyo, Sam Warburton
Referee: Mr S Duncan
Morecambe: Paul Mullin (90)
Cobblers: Joel Byrom (20, 2nd 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.
Northampton Town were without leading goalscorer Marc Richards and Daniel Alfei (both hamstring) for the trip to Morecambe. Ivan Toney and Ben Tozer came into the side with Lee Collins continuing at centre-half, Zander Diamond having failed a late fitness test on an ankle injury. Former Cobblers left-back Joe Widdowson started for Morecambe.
Barry Roche saved an early Toney free-kick as Town started brightly. With the Cobblers continuing to make most of the running an instinctive reaction save from the experienced Roche somehow denied Kaid Mohamed from a Chris Hackett corner just before the half hour mark.
The Cobblers deservedly took the lead on 33 minutes, Ivan Toney rising highest to head home his fourth goal of the season.
Padraig Amond had a shot comfortably saved by Jordan Archer on 56 minutes in a rare attempt for the home side. The Cobblers were really limiting Morecambe’s attacking threat but going into the last quarter of the game still only had a slender lead.
John-Joe O’Toole replaced Lawson D’Ath before Morecambe substitute Paul Mullin shot wide when maybe he should have made more of the opportunity.
The remainder of the game passed without real incident, the Cobblers hard working performance rewarded with three points.
MORECAMBE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 2
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 2
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (4) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (4) 5
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 10
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 4
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (4) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta