EMIRATES FA CUP FIRST ROUND
Saturday November 4th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
SCUNTHORPE UNITED 0
Attendance: 2,820 (277 away supporters)
Cobblers: David Cornell, Shaun McWilliams, David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, Regan Poole, Lewis McGugan, Daniel Powell, John-Joe O’Toole (sub Marc Richards 51), Sam Hoskins (sub Billy Waters 72), Chris Long (sub Dean Bowditch 85)
Subs not used: Luke Coddington, Yaser Kasim, Ryan McGivern, George Smith
Scunthorpe: Matt Gilks, Jordan Clarke, Andrew Crofts, Murray Wallace, Funso Ojo, Josh Morris, Tom Hopper, Hakeeb Adelakun (sub Duane Holmes 65), Lee Novak (sub Kevin van Veen 77), Cameron Burgess, Rory McArdle
Subs not used: Paddy Madden, Clayton Lewis, Charlie Goode, Rory Watson, Lewis Butroid
Referee: Mr Robert Jones
Cobblers: Sam Hoskins (66, 1st of the season)
Scunthorpe: Andrew Crofts (22), Duane Holmes (76). Kevin van Veen (82)
5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 32 games; 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.
David Cornell and Lewis McGugan came into the Cobblers side as boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made two changes for the Emirates FA Cup first round tie against Scunthorpe United. On-loan goalkeeper Matt Ingram was not given permission to play by his parent club QPR while Matt Grimes was rested. New signing, defender Ryan McGivern, started on the bench.
Before kick-off upcoming Remembrance Sunday was marked with a period of silence and the playing of the Last Post.
The woodwork denied the Cobblers and Aaron Pierre the opening goal on 9 minutes, Pierre’s bullet header from a McGugan free-kick rattling the crossbar and bouncing down with appeals that the ball may have crossed the line. Just moments later McGugan was then also denied by the woodwork when his free kick cannoned off the upright.
McGugan saw a free-kick saved by Matt Gilks, Regan Poole volleyed just wide and Pierre had an effort cleared off the line as the Cobblers continued to create chances and were unfortunate not to go in ahead at half-time.
Marc Richards came on early in the second half, replacing John-Joe O’Toole with the midfielder failing to shrug off a knock picked up earlier in the game.
Richards headed wide from a corner and then again went close after getting on the end of a pin-point cross from David Buchanan as the game neared the hour mark.
Scunthorpe's leading goalscorer Josh Morris saw a shot well saved by Cornell in a rare opening for the visitors before Billy Waters came on for Sam Hoskins.
The Cobblers continued to probe the Iron defence as the game continued but it was to end in stalemate, setting up a replay between the two sides at Glanford Park.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 5
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (7) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
SCUNTHORPE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 1
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 6
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (11) 22
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3