SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Monday April 22nd, 3.00pm
Energy Check Stadium
Chris Stokes 39
Danny Mayor 65
Nicky Maynard 90
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Andy Williams 27
Attendance: 4,407 (254 Cobblers fans)
Bury: Joe Murphy, Chris Stokes (sub Byron Moore 62), Will Aimson, Adam Thompson, Nicky Adams, Danny Mayor, Jordan Rossiter, Dominic Telford (sub Caolan Lavery 74), Scott Wharton, Jay O'Shea(sub Eoghan O'Connell 80), Nicky Maynard
Subs not used: Scott Moloney, Ryan Cooney, Gold Omotayo, Neil Danns
Cobblers: David Cornell, Shay Facey (sub Jack Bridge 74), Charlie Goode, Aaron Pierre, Jordan Turnbull, David Buchanan (sub Junior Morias 86), Sam Foley, Scott Pollock (sub Dean Bowditch 64), Sam Hoskins, Daniel Powell, Andy Williams
Subs not used: Luke Coddington, George Cox, Joe Powell, Timi Elsnik
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Cobblers: Charlie Goode (47, 11th of the season), Jordan Turnbull (83, 5th)
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 Buchanan, Shay Facey and Andy Williams came in to the side for the trip to promotion chasers Bury on Easter Monday with George Cox, Dean Bowditch and Junior Morias dropping to the bench. Nicky Adams was a familiar face in the Bury side.
Facey headed just over the bar in an early chance for the Cobblers, David Buchanan saw a shot parried with Daniel Powell unable to find the target on the follow-up and Williams was also denied by Joe Murphy in a sharp start from Keith Curle’s side. Bury were also looking dangerous and it needed an important intervention from Charlie Goode to prevent Danny Mayor getting a shot away.
After a fast start from both sides the game then quietened down somewhat before Andy Williams' diving header broke the deadlock on 27 minutes, Sam Foley’s cross providing the assist for Williams' 10th goal of the campaign.
Bury were back on level terms before the break, Adams cross to the back post was steered home by Chris Stokes. The goal lifted the home side again but it remained 1-1 going in at half-time.
Nicky Maynard went over in the area at the start of the second half but referee Michael Salisbury was unmoved by home shouts for a penalty. David Cornell saved comfortably from Dominic Telford while the dangerous Mayor curled a shot narrowly wide from 30-yards.
Danny Mayor wasn’t to be denied though and he put the home side in front with a curled strike in to the bottom corner.
Aaron Pierre headed wide from a David Buchanan cross and Andy Williams spurned a good chance after being played in by Dean Bowditch as the Cobblers pressed for an equaliser. Sam Hoskins had a shot blocked out for a corner in stoppage time but with the Cobblers pushing for an equaliser Nicky Maynard made it 3-1 to Bury with a close range finish.
BURY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 8
CORNERS: (4) 5
FOULS: (2) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (6) 10
CORNERS: (1) 4
FOULS: (3) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 2