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Match Reports

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2 EXETER CITY 1

Northampton Town 2 Exeter City 1 - the match report

9 March 2019

SKY BET LEAGUE 2      
Saturday March 9th, 2.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Aaron Pierre 32
Andy Williams 57

EXETER CITY 1
Aaron Martin 61

Attendance: 4,954 (412 away supporters)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Charlie Goode, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole (sub Timi Elsnik 90), Jordan Turnbull, Sam Foley, Daniel Powell (sub Joe Powell 78), Sam Hoskins, Marvin Sordell (sub Andy Williams 34)
Subs not used: Luke Coddington, Dean Bowditch, Jay Williams, Jack Bridge
 
Exeter: Christy Pym, Craig Woodman, Dara O’Shea, Aaron Martin, Nicky Law (sub Ryan Bowman 78), Jonathan Forte, Matt Jay, Kane Wilson, Jake Taylor, Archie Collins (sub Lee Holmes 46), Alex Hartridge (sub Hiram Boateng 46)
Subs not used: Randell Williams, James Hamon, Jaden Brown, Troy Brown  

Referee: Andy Haines

Booked:
Cobblers: Ash Taylor (60, 5th of the season), Sam Foley (90, 4th)  
Exeter: none

10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension       
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension

Sent off:
Cobblers: none      
Exeter: 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.

On a blustery afternoon at the PTS Academy Stadium Keith Curle named an unchanged side for the visit of promotion contenders Exeter City. The game kicked off at the earlier time of 2pm to avoid a direct clash with a Northampton Saints home fixture.

The Cobblers had the better of things early on without creating too many clear cut chances and it was Exeter who went close to breaking the deadlock on 24 minutes, Matt Jay twice denied by blocks inside the six-yard box.

John-Joe O’Toole couldn’t convert a cross from Sam Hoskins but it wasn’t long before the Cobblers made the breakthrough, Aaron Pierre rising above a group of players to get the final touch after Marvin Sordell’s initial header rattled the cross bar. Sordell then had to be replaced having injured himself in the lead up to the goal, Andy Williams coming on in his place.

Referee Andy Haines turned down the Cobblers appeals for a penalty when Williams appeared to be fouled in the area and the Cobblers went close to a second in first half stoppage time, Christy Pym making the save when one-on-one with Daniel Powell.

Exeter shuffled their pack at half-time, bringing on Lee Holmes and one-time Cobblers loanee Hiram Boateng in a double change.

David Cornell pulled off a fine save to preserve the Cobblers lead, diving to his right to palm away a stinging shot. It was possibly a pivotal moment in the match as not long after that Daniel Powell’s pull-back found Andy Williams who made it 2-0 with a clinical close range finish.

Five minutes later though the Grecians were back in the game, Aaron Martin heading home from a corner despite the initial efforts of Cornell.

Both sides made a substitution with just over ten minutes to play, it was Powell for Powell as Joe replaced Daniel in the second Cobblers change with Ryan Bowman on for Exeter.

Williams was eyeing up a second goal of the afternoon with the 90 minutes nearly up but Pym managed to tip the ball behind to keep his side in the game. All three points belonged to the Cobblers though as they extended their unbeaten run to six matches with a third win on the bounce.


COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 5 
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 10
CORNERS: (4) 7          
FOULS: (4) 6        
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 3
 

EXETER MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 8  
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 0
CORNERS: (1) 3 
FOULS: (5) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 5 

SCRATCH CARD GOAL TIMES: 31:03, 56:04, 60:58

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BUYING OR COLLECTING TICKETS ON SATURDAY? DETAILS HERE

Information for supporters attending the Exeter City game

8 March 2019

Tickets for Saturday's game against Exeter City at the PTS Academy Stadium (2.00pm kick off) are now on sale from the ticket office and ntfcdirect.co.uk

Tickets remain on sale and they will be available on arrival.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of arrival via ntfcdirect.co.uk.

On Saturday, please visit the main ticket office if you are looking to purchase tickets on arrival.

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 Exeter City match tickets only.

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

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 12pm.

Three points isn't the only aim on Saturday, making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result.

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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