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TEAM NEWS: McWILLIAMS IN CONTENTION TO FACE CAMBRIDGE

All the team news ahead of Northampton Town v Cambridge United

17 August 2018

Cobblers boss Dean Austin has no fresh injury concerns going into Saturday's home game against Cambridge United with Shaun McWilliams (hamstring) back in contention.

"Everyone came through Tuesday okay," he said.

"Shaun McWilliams is progressing really well and he's got every chance of being involved on Saturday.

"Shay Facey did really well on Tuesday night but we have to be a little bit careful with him.

"Junior Morias was a little bit further behind Shay but it was plain to see how effective he is going to be for us.

"Dean Bowditch had a very nasty knee injury at the end of last season and we have edged him back bit by bit and I thought he was outstanding against Wycomb."

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NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2

Northampton Town 2 Cambridge United 2 - the match report

18 August 2018

Northampton Town were denied victory by a late Gary Deegan goal on Saturday afternoon at the PTS Academy Stadium following Kevin van Veen's double.

SKY BET LEAGUE 2      
Saturday August 18th, 3.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Kevin van Veen (58, 76 mins)

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2
George Maris (70 mins)
Gary Deegan (87 mins)

Attendance: 5,047 (652 away)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Hakeem Odoffin, Ash Taylor (c), Aaron Pierre, David Buchanan, Sam Hoskins, Matt Crooks, Sam Foley, Daniel Powell (Dean Bowditch 81), Kevin van Veen, Andy Williams (Junior Morias 73).

Subs not used: Lewis Ward, Shay Facey, Leon Barnett, Billy Waters, John-Joe O'Toole.
 
Cambridge: Dimitar Mitov, Brad Halliday, Jake Carroll, George Taft, Gary Deegan, Liam O'Neil (Jevani Brown 69), Ade Azeez (Barry Corr 81), Jabo Ibehre, Harry Darling, George Maris, Reggie Lambe (David Amoo 55).

Subs not used: Kevin Pilkington, Louis John, Emmanuel Osadebe, Harrison Dunk.

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge

Booked:
Cobblers: none 
Cambridge: Jabo Ibehre (22 mins), Jake Carroll (90mins)

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

Sent off:
Cobblers: none      
Cambridge: 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.

Returning to league action after taking on Wycombe in the Carabao Cup in midweek, Sam Foley replaced John-Joe O’Toole in the only change to the side that started against Carlisle in the previous league fixture. Former Cobblers midfielder Gary Deegan captained the U’s on a warm August afternoon at the PTS Academy Stadium.

David Cornell made a comfortable early save from Brad Halliday while Kevin van Veen was denied at close range after being set up by Sam Hoskins on the counter-attack. Hoskins himself was eyeing up the target on 19 minutes but dragged his effort wide. Jabo Ibehre then picked up a booking for a high challenge on Hakeem Odoffin.

Andy Williams drew a smart save from Dimitar Mitov in a good passage of play from the home side, van Veen, Hoskins and Foley all threatening and Matt Crooks firing just wide.

A Cambridge corner nearly resulted in the visitors taking the lead against the run of play before half-time but David Buchanan was there to clear Ibehre’s header off the line.

Hoskins got himself into a good position early in the second half but his cross just eluded a team-mate and Cambridge were able to clear the danger. Van Veen went agonisingly close with a shot that rolled just wide before a chance for Cambridge, Ibehre heading over.

The deadlock was broken following a free-flowing Cobblers counter-attack,, started by Hoskins and Foley and finished superbly by Kevin van Veen who was played in by Daniel Powell.

Ibehre failed to get his shot away as Cambridge looked for a quick equaliser before a smart save from Mitov prevented van Veen doubling his tally following a neat back-heel from strike partner Williams.

Cambridge were back on level terms on 70 minutes, George Maris calmly side-footing the ball home. Junior Morias then came on to make his home debut, Williams making way.

Kevin van Veen put the Cobblers back in front, the Dutchman taking a couple of touches before unleashing an unstoppable strike into the top corner.

Mitov saved from Crooks as the Cobblers looked to double their lead but it needed a goal line clearance from Foley and some alert defending from Aaron Pierre to preserve their lead.

Gary Deegan drew the visitors level for a second time though, his curled strike from 20-yards making it 2-2.

Ash Taylor headed over from a free-kick in stoppage time but there was to be no late winner for either side as the points were shared.



COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 10
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (6) 9
CORNERS: (3) 5          
FOULS: (5) 9         
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
 

CAMBRIDGE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 9 
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 5
CORNERS: (3) 7
FOULS: (6) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2 

SCRATCH CARD GOAL TIME(S): 57:35, 69:26, 75:53, 86:05

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PLENTY OF PRE-MATCH ENTERTAINMENT ON SATURDAY

Keeping you entertained before kick off

16 August 2018

There are plenty of pre-match fun and games for all supporters attending Saturday's game at the PTS Academy Stadium to enjoy.

A typical pre-match build up to a Saturday afternoon home game is detailed below. Please note these are all subject to change but are designed to give anyone visiting us an idea of the sort of activities that take place:

The turnstiles open at 1pm, and from that time, on the West Stand concourse, we will have the FIFA GAMEZone in operation. The FIFA GAMEZone is looked after by an EA Sports Online Ranked Top 50 player who is also known online as @NTFC_REAPERZz, and has been playing FIFA professionally since 2015. He has been recruited to represent Northampton Town in online tournaments both nationally and internationally. He will also be at the club on home matchdays, heading up our GAME Zone.

Over at the East Stand, the Mick George family area will be open. This is designed for our junior supporters and their companions where youngsters can enjoy taking part in a range of activities such as banner making, face painting, inflatable football and drawing and colouring. You can access this area from walking around the back of the Sheinman Opticians Stand and follow the sign posts, clearly marked, or just listen for the noise!

We also have our own Nanny Hazel on hand to ensure everyone has a great time and stays safe!

Here’s a typical matchday timetable:-
1.30pm Mick George Family Area opens
Inflatable Football
Face Painting
Banner making
1.45pm Meet Clarence the Dragon & Mick the Skip
2pm Meet NTFC players for signings and autographs.

For those slightly older, the Fans Village is open behind the Sheinman Opticians Stand at every home game.

The Fans Village, which offers a choice of food and drink as well as pre-match music and entertainment, can be accessed by entering the stadium through a turnstile and then walking behind the Sheinman Opticians Stand into the fenced area.

Sheinman Opticians Stand turnstiles and the West Stand turnstile in the north corner will open around 2 hours before kick off to allow access to the village, with a valid match ticket required to enter both the stadium and the Fans Village.

Outside the West Stand, we will also have a brand new smoothie stall from Duston based business Mad4Smoothies. Please do pay them a visit!

After the game the bars will be closed, but Carr's Bar will be open for supporters to relax and enjoy a drink.

Whatever your choice of pre-match activity, there is plenty to enjoy ahead of kick off!

Secure your tickets now via ntfcdirect.co.uk

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