SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday November 28th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Lawson D'Ath 35
Marc Richards 57
YEOVIL TOWN 0
Attendance: 4,989 (199 away fans)
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Josh Lelan, Zander Diamond, Ryan Cresswell, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole (sub Jason Taylor 76), Joel Byrom, Lawson D’Ath, Nicky Adams, Alfie Potter (sub Dominic Calvert-Lewin 52), Marc Richards (sub Ryan Watson 84)
Subs not used: Ryan Clarke, Ricky Holmes, Sam Hoskins, Rod McDonald
Yeovil: Chris Weale, Ben Tozer, Nathan Smith, Ryan Dickson, George Thomas (sub Francois Zoko 60), Wes Fogden (sub Ryan Bird 69), Alex Lacey, Harry Cornick (sub Shaun Jeffers 81), Connor Roberts, Darren Ward, Josh Sheehan
Subs not used: Artur Krysiak, Matt Dolan, Jakub Sokolik, Christian Maghoma
Referee: Mr J Linington
Cobblers: John-Joe O'Toole (32, 5th of the season, one match ban)
Yeovil: Josh Sheehan (65)
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.
With the takeover of the club having been confirmed 48 hours previously, the Kelvin Thomas era began at Sixfields against Yeovil Town.
Josh Lelan replaced the suspended Brendan Moloney at right-back while Ricky Holmes, out since August with a back injury, was named on the bench. Ben Tozer, who spent near on four seasons at Sixfields between 2011 and 2015, started for Yeovil.
On a cold afternoon, a strong wind made for difficult playing conditions. The first chance of the game fell to Marc Richards but his header was straight at Chris Weale.
Harry Cornick fired wide when presented with an opening for the Glovers while John-Joe O’Toole picked up his fifth yellow card of the season, meaning a one-match ban for the midfielder.
A quick Cobblers counter-attack saw the deadlock broken on 35 minutes, Lawson D’Ath with a cool finish after receiving the ball from Alfie Potter.
Seven minutes into the second half Chris Wilder made a change, Dominic Calvert-Lewin coming on for Alfie Potter.
The Cobblers doubled their lead on 57 minutes, Nicky Adams crossing for Marc Richards to finish from close range.
Yeovil pushed forward looking for a way back into the game but a combination of Adam Smith, the cross bar and a Ryan Cresswell goal line clearance kept the scoreline at 2-0.
Jason Taylor replaced John-Joe O’Toole for the final quarter of an hour, O’Toole leaving the field to a standing ovation. The same reception was then given to Marc Richards as the Cobblers captain made way for Ryan Watson.
In the driving rain the Cobblers closed the game out to round off the perfect week with a victory.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 2
CORNERS: (4) 6
FOULS: (5) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 3
YEOVIL MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 4
CORNERS: (4) 8
FOULS: (0) 6
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 3
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta