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Northampton Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0 - the match report

3 November 2018

Saturday November 3rd, 3.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

Andy Williams 18
Daniel Powell 81


Attendance: 5,041 (309 away supporters)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Hakeem Odoffin, Jordan Turnbull, Aaron Pierre, David Buchanan, Matt Crooks (sub Billy Waters 42), John-Joe O’Toole, Shaun McWilliams (sub Jay Williams 83), Sam Hoskins, Kevin van Veen, Andy Williams (sub Daniel Powell 79)
Subs not used: Lewis Ward, Sean Whaler, Jack Bridge, Joe Iaciofano
Crewe: Ben Garratt, Perry Ng, Harry Pickering, George Ray, Shaun Miller, Jordan Bowery (sub Chris Porter 46), Callum Ainley, Ryan Wintle, Charlie Kirk (sub Alex Nicholls 73), Oliver Finney, Corey Whelan (sub Eddie Nolan 46)
Subs not used: Michael Raynes, Dave Richards, Nicky Hunt, Kevin O’Connor  

Referee: Scott Oldham

Cobblers: Shaun McWilliams (51, 2nd of the season)  
Crewe: none

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      
Crewe: 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.

Andy Williams and Hakeem Odoffin replaced Jack Bridge and the suspended Sam Foley as Keith Curle made two changes for the visit of Crewe Alexandra, managed by former Cobblers defender David Artell. Alex Nicholls was another familiar face on the Alex bench.

Before the game there was an impeccably observed minute’s silence to mark Remembrance Sunday as well as to remember the victims and all affected by the Leicester City helicopter tragedy.

Ben Garratt comfortably saved an early Kevin van Veen header while Perry Ng went close with a half-volley for Crewe. Sam Hoskins couldn’t quite direct his header on target after a teasing cross from van Veen as both sides continued to try and adjust to the strong wind.

The Cobblers made the breakthrough on 18 minutes, van Veen rounding the keeper and setting up the chance for Andy Williams and his shot was adjudged to have crossed the goal-line despite the best efforts of a defender to clear the ball away.

David Cornell saved a long-range effort from Ng as Crewe looked to mount a response to falling behind. Shaun McWilliams rattled the bar with a terrific strike from an acute angle as the Cobblers went agonisingly close to a second. With half-time approaching Matt Crooks, making his 50th appearance for the club, made way for Billy Waters after failing to shake off an earlier knock.

Crewe made a double change at half-time, bringing on Chris Porter and Eddie Nolan for Corey Whelan and Jordan Bowery. Cornell made a strong save to deny Nolan as the visitors tried to sustain a period of pressure.

Odoffin saw a shot from 25-yards saved by Garratt before getting a vital touch at the other end to clear the danger following a Crewe free-kick. The woodwork then again denied the Cobblers when John-Joe O’Toole headed against the post.

Alex Nicholls came on to warm applause from the Cobblers fans as Crewe made their third and final change and having not been on the pitch long headed narrowly wide in a moment of danger for the home side.

It was a Cobblers substitute who got himself on the scoresheet however, Daniel Powell keeping his cool to fire the ball home when played through by O’Toole to be one-on-one with Garratt.

The woodwork was struck for a third time in the afternoon with Crewe this time denied as Artell’s side almost pulled a goal back to set up a tense last few minutes. There were to be no late scares for the Cobblers in Halloween week though as they closed the game out to make it three wins on the bounce, also moving above their opponents in the table.

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
CORNERS: (0) 2          
FOULS: (4) 12        

CREWE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
CORNERS: (3) 3
FOULS: (2) 6


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2 November 2018

Northampton Town welcome Crewe Alexandra to the PTS Academy Stadium on Saturday.

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

Tickets can be purchased ahead of arrival via

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 Bury match tickets only.

Remember, you can beat the queues by buying match tickets via 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 1pm.

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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