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DEAN AUSTIN TO GIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLAYERS TO STAKE A CLAIM ON FRIDAY
The Cobblers boss looks ahead to Friday's visit from a Manchester United XI
26 July 2018
Northampton Town manager Dean Austin is likely to give a run out to a number of the players who did not appear on Tuesday for the visit of a Manchester United XI to the PTS Academy Stadium on Friday night, kick off 7.45pm.
“It will be a different team on Friday,” he said.
“Some of the players who didn’t play on Tuesday night will play and it’s great for me to have those options.
“We are edging our way up to the levels we want to be and we might try and get another behind closed doors game in-between our first two league games just to make sure everybody is at the optimum in terms of fitness because we are going to need everyone in the squad.
“The squad is shaping up quite nicely, at the moment we have got another game to play but the players are certainly giving me a lot to think about.”
Northampton Town 2 Manchester United XI 0 - the match report
27 July 2018
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY Friday July 27th, 7.45pm PTS Academy Stadium
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2 Billy Waters 73 Kevin van Veen 84
MANCHESTER UNITED XI 0
Attendance: 3,241 (317 away supporters)
Cobblers: James Goff, Leon Barnett, Sam Foley, Kevin van Veen, Daniel Powell (sub Michael Harding Academy 87), Jordan Turnbull, Dean Bowditch (sub Morgan Roberts 46), John-Joe O’Toole, Jay Williams (Academy), Camron McWilliams (Academy), Billy Waters Subs: David Cornell, Hakeem Odoffin, Jack Bridge, Sean Whaler
Man Utd XI: Kieran O’Hara, Tyrell Warren, Lee O’Connor, Regan Poole, Luca Ercolani, Aliou Traore, Zachary Dearney, DJ Buffonge, James Wilson, Aidean Barlow, Nishan Burkart Subs: George Tanner, Matej Kovar, Alex Fojticek, Callum Whelan, Max Dunne, Tom Sang, Millen Baars
Referee: Mr Will Finnie
Booked: Cobblers: none Manchester United XI: none
Sent off: Cobblers: none Manchester United XI: none
The Cobblers took on a Manchester United XI at the PTS Academy Stadium on Friday night as the curtain came down on their pre-season campaign. Dean Austin once again named a number of the club’s youngsters in his squad while Regan Poole, who spent the 2017/18 season on-loan at the Cobblers, started at centre-half for United.
Daniel Powell had an early shot deflected behind and the Cobblers winger was denied by a good left-handed save from Kieran O’Hara in an encouraging opening twenty minutes from the home side.
Kevin van Veen tried an effort from distance on the half hour mark and from the flurry of corners that followed Leon Barnett had a shot blocked and Sam Foley headed over. Zachary Dearney speared a shot just wide in United’s first real sight at goal.
James Goff comfortably claimed a scuffed effort from Dearney 8-yards out while Poole blocked a goal bound effort from Billy Waters as the first half ended goalless.
Morgan Roberts replaced Dean Bowditch in the only change for either side at half-time. The second half started quietly before Powell had a shot blocked from an acute angle and Foley drew a comfortable save from O’Hara.
A covering goal line clearance from Jay Williams prevented James Wilson opening the scoring for United and not long after that the Cobblers took the lead, Billy Waters with a low finish from just inside the area after being teed-up by van Veen.
Van Veen doubled the Cobblers lead, heading in Powell’s right-wing cross from six-yards to seal a 2-0 win for Dean Austin’s side in their final pre-season friendly before the Sky Bet League 2 opener against Lincoln City at the PTS Academy Stadium on Saturday 4 August.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets) SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 7 SHOTS OFF TARGET: (6) 7 CORNERS: (6) 9 FOULS: (8) 13 CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
MANCHESTER UNITED XI MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets) SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 2 SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 3 CORNERS: (2) 3 FOULS: (7) 10 CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
Tickets for Northampton Town's pre-season fixture with a Manchester United XI at the PTS Academy Stadium on Friday evening (7.45pm) are available to purchase on arrival, priced as below:
Season ticket holders Adults £10.00 Seniors (over 65) £8.00 Juniors £4.00 Under 7s Free
Non season ticket holders Adults £12.00 Seniors (over 65) £10.00 Juniors £5.00 Under 7s Free
Tickets will be available to purchase from both the ticket point opposite the main entrance (cash only) or from the ticket office (cash or card.)
If collecting pre-ordered match tickets these will be from the ticket collection point opposite the main entrance while season tickets/memberships can be collected from the ticket office.
All tickets and collections will be available until 7pm, but from 7pm-7.45pm the sales and collections will be for Manchester United XI match tickets only. Other sales and collections will resume after the game.
Please bring ID when collecting.
Supporters are advised to allow plenty of time if purchasing/collecting tickets on arrival as there are a lot of collections expected.
Please note the club store will be closed after the game.