SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday February 6th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
John-Joe O'Toole 21
Marc Richards 53
YORK CITY 0
Attendance: 5,342 (349 away fans)
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Brendan Moloney, Zander Diamond (sub Ryan Cresswell 37), Rod McDonald, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole, Joel Byrom, Ricky Holmes (sub Jason Taylor 90), Lee Martin, Marc Richards (sub Nicky Adams 69), James Collins
Subs not used: Ryan Clarke, Luke Prosser, Danny Rose, Sam Hoskins
York: Scott Flinders, Femi Ilesanmi, Michael Coulson, Luke Summerfield, Vadaine Oliver, Russell Penn, Kyle Cameron, David Winfield, Matty Dixon (sub Lubo Satka 58), Luke Hendrie, Kenny McEvoy (sub James Berrett 72)
Subs not used: Josh Carson, Ntumba Massanka, Michael Ingham, Bradley Fewster, Daniel Galbraith
Referee: Mr B Malone
Cobblers: James Collins (44, 4th of the season), Ryan Cresswell (90, 6th)
York: Lubo Satka (68), Russell Penn (76)
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
York: Luke Hendrie (55)
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.
After two weeks without a game new signings Luke Prosser and Danny Rose had to make do with a place on the bench as Chris Wilder named an unchanged side for the visit of York City.
At a windswept Sixfields Adam Smith made an early save before on the follow-up a clearance from Lee Martin denied York an opening goal.
The Cobblers grew into the game as the first half progressed and they had the lead on 21 minutes, John-Joe O’Toole perfectly positioned to deftly turn in a Martin corner.
Zander Diamond had to be substituted following a blow to the head, Ryan Cresswell his 37th-minute replacement. Marc Richards then went close to making it 2-0, his header just inches wide.
York started the second half on the offensive and but for a goalline clearance from Cresswell would have been back on level terms.
However following that clearance from Cresswell a quick counter-attack led to a Cobblers second goal, Marc Richards firing into the bottom corner having been played in by Ricky Holmes.
Holmes was then the victim of a terrible looking challenge from Luke Hendrie which saw the away side reduced to ten men.
Nicky Adams came on for Marc Richards in the Cobblers second change of the afternoon which came midway through the second half.
At 2-0 it was a case of job done and the Cobblers looked in control as they went on to claim another three points to further cement their place at the top of Sky Bet League 2.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 5
CORNERS: (6) 8
FOULS: (1) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 2
YORK MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 8
CORNERS: (3) 7
FOULS: (4) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta