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Kick off 19:45

19 July 2017 Venue Hayden Road Attendance

Kick off 19:45

AFC Rushden & Diamonds
2 - 0
2nd Half
Northampton Town

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Cobblers boss gearing up for second of back to back midweek friendlies

19 July 2017

Northampton Town boss Justin Edinburgh said he was pleased with the attitude of his players as they won at Frome Town in the first of two pre-season friendlies this midweek, but he also admitted some of the performance down in Somerset was a little 'disjointed.'

"It was a longer journey than we are used to in pre-season but the attitude was good and we got through without any injures so that was good," he said.

"We also got some extra minutes into the players so I was pleased we got through OK.

"It was difficult to find a pace to the game and I felt we were a little disjointed at times. The pitch was slow and we stuck at it on a very dry surface but in terms of a work out it is another hour for some of the squad and 90 minutes for Ash Taylor so that was good.

"Goals are good for strikers, and to keep a clean sheet was pleasing. They are good habits to get into, whatever the game and whoever we are playing. We know we are a long way away from where we want to be but it was another step forward in terms of match fitness."

The Cobblers head to Hayden Road to take on AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Wednesday evening, (7.45pm) with the Cobblers boss saying that those players who played an hour on Tuesday will get another 30 minutes playing time on that game.

"We will spin it around, those who played 30 minutes at Frome will play an hour at Rushden and vice-versa,” he explained. “After that we will be ready to start going into 90 minutes from the weekend onwards and that is where the fluency, shape and patterns of play will come."

Edinburgh also had words of praise for Head of Recruitment Andy Melville and Chief Executive James Whiting after the club completed the signing of Matt Crooks on Tuesday.

"We are delighted to add Matt Crooks to the squad," he said.

"Andy Melville and James Whiting worked tirelessly to get that deal done and I can't thank them enough. It was difficult at times but we got there, we will assess his fitness and hopefully come the weekend we might be able to get some match time into Matt."

Admission prices at Hayden Road on Wednesday will be £4 adults and £2 concessions for this game. The postcode is NN10 0HX.

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Match Reports


AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2 Northampton Town 0 - the match report

19 July 2017

Wednesday July 19th, 7.45pm
Hayden Road

Ben Farrell 28
Tom Lorraine 80


AFC Rushden & Diamonds: Heath, Westwood, Ford, Brown, Dolman, Gyasi, Smith, Bunting, Farrell, Shariff, Dillon 
Subs: Curtis, Punter, Brown-Hill, Lorraine, Finlay, Hembury, Fairlamb

Cobblers: James Goff, Brendan Moloney, Regan Poole, Jarvis Wilson (youth), George Smith, James Gillard (youth), Yaser Kasim, Prudence Anaele (youth), Leon Lobjoit, Alex Revell, Dean Bowditch
Subs: Aaron Phillips, Williams (youth), Leon Barnett, David Buchanan, Sam Foley, Matt Taylor, Daniel Powell, Roberts (youth), Billy Waters, Marc Richards

AFC Rushden & Diamonds: none
Cobblers: none
Sent off:

AFC Rushden & Diamonds: none
Cobblers: none

Just 24 hours after making the long trip to Somerset to take on Frome Town the Cobblers were back in pre-season action with a rather shorter trip to take on AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Hayden Road. James Goff started in goal as Justin Edinburgh included three academy players in his starting XI.

Alex Revell was denied by the home keeper early on after some good work down the right from Dean Bowditch. Left-back George Smith shot just wide as the Cobblers pressed forward but it took a good save from Goff to keep the scores level midway through the first half.

Ben Farrell put the home side in front on the half hour, curling a shot into the top corner from just inside the area. The home side then went close to doubling their lead on 38 minutes when Darryl Smith saw his shot come back off the bar.

With an hour gone Justin Edinburgh made ten changes, continuing to build up the fitness of the players gradually ahead of the new season. James Goff remained in goal.

Billy Waters had appeals for a penalty waved away and Leon Barnett went close as the Cobblers pushed for an equaliser but it was the Diamonds who struck next, Tom Lorraine doubling the home side’s lead and 2-0 was how it finished.

AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
FOULS: (7)

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
FOULS: (6)


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