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Match Reports


Northampton Town 1 Bristol Rovers 2 - the match report

8 January 2019

Tuesday January 8th, 7.45pm       
PTS Academy Stadium

Matt Crooks 76

Tom Broadbent 45
Stefan Payne 58

Attendance: 1,312 (97 away supporters)

Cobblers: Cobblers: David Cornell, Shay Facey, Jay Williams, Ash Taylor (sub Aaron Pierre 71), Jordan Turnbull, David Buchanan (sub Daniel Powell 60), Sam Foley, Matt Crooks, Dean Bowditch (sub Jack Bridge 53), Sam Hoskins, Junior Morias
Subs not used: Luke Coddington, Hakeem Odoffin, Billy Waters, Morgan Roberts 

Bristol Rovers: Jack Bonham, Tom Lockyer, Ed Upson, Liam Sercombe (sub Tom Nichols 75), Chris Lines, Stefan Payne (sub Gavin Reilly 83), Tom Broadbent, Joe Partington, Sam Matthews, Michael Kelly, Alex Rodman (sub Daniel Leadbitter 73) 
Subs not used: James Clarke, Adam Smith, Rollin Menayese, Luke Russe

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Cobblers: Matt Crooks (45), Sam Foley (90)
Bristol Rovers: Tom Nichols (90)

Sent off:
Cobblers: none       
Bristol Rovers: none

League One side Bristol Rovers came to the PTS Academy Stadium as the Checkatrade Trophy reached the area quarter-final stage. Academy graduate Jay Williams, fresh from signing his first professional contract, kept his place in the side but new loan signing George Cox was cup-tied. Goalkeeper Adam Smith, a League 2 title winner with the Cobblers in 2016, was on the Rovers bench.

The first chance of the night fell to the away side, David Cornell out quickly to save from Stefan Payne. It was proving to be an even contest and a header from Ash Taylor was parried by Jack Bonham with the off-side flag then raised. Sam Hoskins then went close with an overhead kick while a cross from Matt Crooks found Bowditch inside the area but a combination of Bonham and Ed Upson kept the ball out.

With the game starting to open up Alex Rodman saw a header saved by Cornell and Shay Facey made an important block to deny Liam Sercombe.

Although the Cobblers had enjoyed the better of the half, Rovers made the breakthrough as the first forty five drew to a close, Tom Broadbent side-footing the ball home from close range. Moments before half-time Alex Rodman couldn't keep his header down from a Chris Lines free-kick.

Stefan Payne doubled Rovers lead on 58 minutes, capitalising on a loose defensive header before firing the ball past Cornell. Bonham saved from Crooks as the Cobblers looked to mount a fightback, the Rovers keeper then alert to the danger as Daniel Powell broke free into the penalty area. Crooks and Powell then combined but the latter’s drilled effort went agonisingly across the face of goal.

Aaron Pierre came on in the Cobblers third and final change, Taylor the man replaced.

The Cobblers were back in it with just under fifteen minutes to play, Matt Crooks with a superb strike from 25-yards. Keith Curle’s side had Rovers on the back foot, Jack Bridge going close with a deflected effort and Sam Foley seeing a shot cleared off the line.

Five minutes of stoppage time was signalled by the fourth official and Rovers held on despite some nervy moments to progress through to the area semi-finals.


COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
CORNERS: (2) 7          
FOULS: (4) 12        

BRISTOL ROVERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)       
CORNERS: (2) 3
FOULS: (8) 12

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Ticket News


Ticket details for Tuesday night's Checkatrade Trophy area quarter final

8 January 2019

Northampton Town welcome Bristol Rovers to the PTS Academy Stadium in the Checkatrade Trophy area quarter final on Tuesday evening (kick off 7.45pm).

The West Stand and Moulton College Stands are open for this game and ticket prices have been reduced to the below levels:

Adult/Senior: £10.00
Under-18: £5.00
Under-7: Free
Disabled: Prices as per above categories, carer free if required.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of arrival via

Please visit the main ticket office if you are looking to purchase tickets on arrival. The ticket point opposite the main entrace will also be selling tickets up until kick off (cash only) with card payments available by the ticket office.

If collecting pre-ordered match tickets, please visit the ticket point opposite the main entrance. 

Please note that tickets for forthcoming home and away games are on sale, but for the hour before kick off the ticket office will be selling Bristol Rovers match tickets only. The ticket office and club store are both closed after Tuesday evening's game.

Remember, you can beat the queues by buying match tickets via and printing your tickets at home!

Please note the south gravel car park is not in use at the Bristol Rovers game. The north gravel car park is open and anyone with a gravel car park pass is reminded this is valid for the north car park.

As part of increased security measures, a 100% search policy will be in operation. Because of this, supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible. Turnstiles will be open from 6.30pm.

Northampton Town have been working closely with the police and the EFL to review security. Now we are asking you to do your bit.

It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.

Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:
• Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks 
• Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground 
• Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away 
• If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999 
• In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them 
• If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile 
• Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles 
• Once you are safe, follow Northamptonshire Police on Twitter for updates

POLITE NOTICE: Supporters are reminded that only food and drink purchased within the stadium should be consumed on the stadium premises please. Thank you.


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