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Full back could be available to face the Imps

3 August 2018

Cobblers boss Dean Austin is waiting on the fitness of defender Shay Facey as he finalises his team for Saturday's season opener against Lincoln City at the PTS Academy Stadium.

Facey (ankle) is rated as 'touch and go' for the game while Junior Morias could make his debut.

“I’ve got a massive selection headache in terms of options in the squad,but it’s a nice problem to have,” said boss Dean Austin.

“Shay is going to be touch and go but he is making good progress.

“He’s working hard but we’ve got a long season ahead of us and we want all the players to be available for as much of the season as possible.

“There is no point taking any risks with anyone for the first game if it’s not warranted.

“Junior is very close. He’s been with us here for a couple of weeks now and even when we were in Spain he was here working hard.

“He might not affect things from the start on Saturday but he could potentially from the bench.

“He had a problem with a tendon in his ankle last year and he is fully fit but he just got an infection in the cut which put him back in terms of playing because he couldn’t get his boot on. He’s fine now and he’s right there in the mix.”

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Match Reports


Northampton Town 0 Lincoln City 1 - the match report

4 August 2018

Saturday August 4th, 3.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium


LINCOLN CITY 1 (Matt Green 48)

Attendance: 6,242 (1,453 away supporters)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Hakeem Odoffin, Ash Taylor (c), Aaron Pierre, David Buchanan, Matt Crooks, Shaun McWilliams (Jack Bridge 22), John-Joe O'Toole, Daniel Powell (Dean Bowditch 78), Sam Hoskins, Andy Williams.

Subs not used: Lewis Ward, Leon Barnett, Sam Foley, Billy Waters, Kevin van Veen.
Lincoln: Josh Vickers, Luke Waterfall (c), Scott Wharton, Lee Frecklington, Matt Green (Bruno Andrade 63), Harry Toffolo, James Wilson, Michael Bostwick, Shay McCartan (Harry Anderson 70), Neal Eardley, John Akinde (Matt Rhead 73).

Subs not used: Michael O'Connor, Tom Pett, Adam Crookes, Grant Smith.

Referee: Lee Swabey

Cobblers: none 
Lincoln: Matt Green 39, Lee Frecklington 90

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      
Lincoln: 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.

The Cobblers faced a tough opening game of the 2018/19 season as they welcomed one of the promotion favourites Lincoln City to the PTS Academy Stadium. Dean Austin handed competitive debuts to two of his summer signings, striker Andy Williams and right-back Hakeem Odoffin. On-loan Reading goalkeeper Lewis Ward had to be content with a place on the bench as David Cornell got the nod while Junior Morias and Shay Facey (ankle) were both unavailable. Former Cobbler Neal Eardley lined-up for the Imps.

The fans were in good voice as the game got underway on a hot and sunny afternoon in Northampton. John-Joe O’Toole couldn’t quite get enough power in his shot to trouble Josh Vickers from six-yards after Odoffin released Sam Hoskins down the right and Hoskins was denied when through one-on-one with the Imps keeper in an encouraging opening ten minutes for the home side.

A slack back pass from Luke Waterfall presented a good opportunity for Daniel Powell to open the scoring but Vickers made the save. Waterfall then had Lincoln’s first chance of the game, heading wide from a corner.

An injury to Shaun McWilliams forced Dean Austin into making a change with Jack Bridge entering the fray midway through the first half.

A rising half-volley from Harry Toffolo struck the stanchion behind the Cobblers goal before another good spell of pressure from Dean Austin’s side. Neither side could make the breakthrough before half-time though as the first half ended goalless.

Matt Green headed Lincoln in front early in the second half, rising well to meet Eardley’s cross.

Vickers saved comfortably from Williams and Matt Crooks fired over as the Cobblers tried to prise an opening to get themselves back on level terms.

Dean Bowditch replaced Powell in the Cobblers second change before Hoskins with a half chance couldn’t keep his shot down. Imps substitute Bruno Andrade then seemed to get caught in two minds as the visitors had an opportunity to double their lead.

Williams did well to get his head on a cross in from Odoffin with time ticking away but Vickers was there to make the save and despite some late Cobblers pressure, Williams denied deep into stoppage time, Lincoln held on to claim the honours on the opening day of the Sky Bet League 2 season.

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
CORNERS: (2) 6      
FOULS: (5) 11        

LINCOLN MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
CORNERS: (2) 1
FOULS: (8) 13


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Events to keep young and old entertained before kick off

1 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 the Lincoln City game we also have a basketball net kindly supplied by Smyths Toy Superstore and a table tennis table, thanks to Hydrolife!

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.

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!

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