SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday August 26th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Alex Revell 85
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 4
Gwion Edwards 32
Junior Morias 41
Jack Marriott 75
Marcus Maddison 90 pen
Attendance: 6,685 (1,407 away supporters)
Cobblers: Luke Coddington, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Leon Barnett, Ash Taylor (sub Daniel Powell 46), Aaron Pierre, Matt Crooks (sub Billy Waters 70), Shaun McWilliams, Matt Grimes, Marc Richards (sub Chris Long 63), Alex Revell
Subs: David Cornell, Dean Bowditch, Regan Poole, Joe Iaciofano
Peterborough: Jonathan Bond, Ryan Tafazolli, Jack Baldwin, Gwion Edwards, Marcus Maddison, Jack Marriott (sub Danny Lloyd 86), Junior Morias (sub Idris Kanu 76), Leonardo De Silva Lopes, Michael Doughty (sub Jermaine Anderson 86), Steven Taylor, Anthony Grant
Subs: Liam Shephard, Andrew Hughes, Chris Forrester, Conor O’Malley
Referee: Mr Roger East
Cobblers: Shaun McWilliams (82, 1st of the season)
Posh: Gwion Edwards (81)
Luke Coddington made his debut in goal as boss Justin Edinburgh made four changes to the side for the visit of in-form Peterborough United. Brendan Moloney replaced Aaron Phillips (thigh) at right wing-back with Matt Grimes and Shaun McWilliams coming into midfield in place of Yaser Kasim and Billy Waters. Chris Long, withdrawn from the starting line-up at Charlton after picking up an injury in the warm-up, was named on the bench. Posh began the afternoon second in League 1 having won their opening three fixtures while the Cobblers were still looking to get off the mark.
As you’d expect for a local derby there was a vibrant atmosphere inside Sixfields as the game kicked off.
Gwion Edwards saw an early header saved by Coddington and Leonardo De Silva Lopes volleyed over when well-placed. Shaun McWilliams linked up with Alex Revell as the Cobblers looked to mount an attack before Marc Richards, in a good position, was penalised for a foul. Ash Taylor then headed wide from a Matt Grimes free-kick.
Peterborough took the lead on 32 minutes, Gwion Edwards firing a shot into the bottom right corner from just outside the area following a quick counter-attack.
Junior Morias made it 2-0 before half-time, firing a shot past Coddington from the edge of the area.
Daniel Powell came on for the second half in place of Ash Taylor as Justin Edinburgh switched to four at the back.
The Cobblers started the second half on the front foot, Marc Richards and Matt Crooks both having efforts on goal. At the other end Marcus Maddison set Jack Marriott clean through, Coddington getting down well to make the save. The final two Cobblers changes saw Chris Long and Billy Waters introduced at the expense of Marc Richards and Matt Crooks.
Jack Marriott made it 3-0 with 75 minutes on the clock, finishing cooly when one-on-one with Coddington.
Alex Revell pulled a goal back, heading in from a Billy Waters corner, only for Marcus Maddison to restore Posh’s three goal lead from the penalty spot in stoppage time.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 3
CORNERS: (0) 4
FOULS: (4) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
POSH MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 9
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 7
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (12) 19
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0