SKY BET LEAGUE 1 Saturday November 25th, 3.00pm Sixfields
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 4,870 (230 away fans)
Cobblers: Matt Ingram, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Leon Barnett, Regan Poole, Shaun McWilliams (sub Dean Bowditch 69), Matt Grimes, Matt Crooks, Chris Long (sub Billy Waters 85), Marc Richards Subs not used: David Cornell, George Smith, Ryan McGivern, Sam Foley, Lewis McGugan
Bury: Leo Fasan, Greg Leigh, Eoghan O’Connell, Callum Reilly, Phil Edwards, Josh Laurent, Mihai Dobre (sub Andrew Tutte 90), Jay O’Shea (sub Jordan Williams 78), Nathan Cameron, Michael Smith, Rohan Ince Subs not used: Chris Maguire, Nicky Ajose, Tom Aldred, Chris Humphrey, Scott Maloney
Referee: Mr Carl Boyeson
Booked: Cobblers: none Bury: Nathan Cameron (42)
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension 15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sent off: Cobblers: none Bury: none
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.
Leon Barnett, Shaun McWilliams and Marc Richards all came into the side as boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made three changes following the midweek defeat at Plymouth. Nathan Cameron and Michael Smith, two former Cobblers loanees, both started for Bury.
Matt Crooks tested Leo Fasan in the Bury goal early on before the game settled down. Brendan Moloney’s inch-perfect cross presented Marc Richards with a chance midway through the first half but his flicked effort didn’t quite have enough power on it to beat Fasan.
The Cobblers were building up some momentum and Crooks went close with a shot just over the bar after Regan Poole’s initial effort had been blocked.
Fasan got a touch to turn behind a Matt Grimes free-kick as the game neared half-time with Leon Barnett Heading narrowly wide from the subsequent corner.
Bury blocked close range efforts from Chris Long and Marc Richards before Rohan Ince had a chance to put the visitors in front on the break, only to be denied by a great save from Matt Ingram. Ince was again thwarted by the Cobblers keeper after breaking from midfield to get his shot away.
Long speared a shot just wide as the Cobblers again went close to breaking the deadlock, Crooks also failing to find the target when well-placed in front of goal.
Michael Smith’s looping header looked like putting Bury in front on 77 minutes but Ingram somehow got back to make a terrific goal line clearance.
There were no real chances for either side after that and the game ended goalless.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets) SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 7 SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 6 CORNERS: (3) 4 FOULS: (2) 6 CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3
BURY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets) SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 5 SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 12 CORNERS: (1) 6 FOULS: (5) 9 CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2