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Northampton Town 0 Bury 0 - the match report

2 October 2018

Tuesday October 2nd, 7.45pm      
PTS Academy Stadium



Attendance: 4,073 (170 away supporters)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Shay Facey, Leon Barnett, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, Sam Hoskins, Matt Crooks, John-Joe O’Toole (sub Dean Bowditch 71), Sam Foley, Daniel Powell (sub Billy Waters 63), Andy Williams (sub Kevin van Veen 85)
Subs not used: Lewis Ward, David Buchanan, Jordan Turnbull, Jack Bridge 
Bury: Joe Murphy, Chris Stokes, Will Aimson, Adam Thompson, Nicky Adams, Danny Mayor, Byron Moore, Callum McFadzean, Jay O’Shea, Neil Danns, Nicky Maynard (sub Dom Telford 75)
Subs not used: Tom Miller, Stephen Dawson, Chris Dagnall, Callum Styles, Matthew Hudson, Jamie Barjonas  

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Cobblers: Shay Facey (72, 1st of the season), Dean Bowditch (75, 2nd)  
Bury: 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      
Bury: 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.

It was straight down to business for new Cobblers boss Keith Curle who took charge of the team for the first time as in-form Bury provided the opposition under the floodlights at the PTS Academy Stadium.

Curle, who replaced Dean Austin following the 4-0 weekend defeat at Mansfield, had precious little time to work with the players before kick-off but Matt Crooks (knee) was available for selection. Curle opted for a change of formation, playing three centre-backs with Shay Facey and the fit-again Daniel Powell acting as wing-backs. Sam Hoskins partnered Andy Williams in attack. A previous title winner with the Cobblers under Chris Wilder in 2015/16, Nicky Adams was a familiar name in the Bury line-up.

There was an early scare for the Cobblers when Adam Thompson headed against the bar from an Adams free-kick, David Cornell saving from Jay O’Shea on the follow-up. Bury were posing a real threat and Adams volleyed over from a Callum McFadzean cross while Thompson flashed a shot just wide.

Shakers goalkeeper Joe Murphy had to be alert to prevent Chris Stokes heading into his own net under pressure from Andy Williams before the Cobblers had penalty appeals for handball against Will Aimson turned down by referee Christopher Sarginson. The Cobblers were growing into the contest nicely and Williams went close with a shot lifted over Murphy from a wide angle that kissed the outside of the post.

Byron Moore’s goal-bound effort deflected off Leon Barnett and out for a corner, possibly via the post as Bury looked to wrestle back the initiative. There were chances at either end in an entertaining first half and Hoskins was denied by a point-blank save from Murphy with John-Joe O’Toole’s shot from the subsequent corner cleared off the line by Aimson. Murphy made another good save just before half-time, Hoskins again denied.

Crooks shot wide at the start of the second half after Powell showed good strength to feed the ball forward to the midfielder. At the other end Danny Mayor flashed an effort across goal which Cornell looked to have covered. The Cobblers keeper then did well to turn behind a free-kick from O’Shea that was curling towards the top corner.

Billy Waters replaced Powell in Curle’s first change, the game still very much in the balance with under half an hour to play. Dean Bowditch came on for O’Toole just after Moore had gone close from another Adams free-kick. You sensed neither side was settling for a point and Mayor saw a shot deflected behind after breaking clear of the Cobblers defence.

Kevin van Veen came on for the final few minutes with Williams making way. Ash Taylor looped a header over the crossbar but the Cobblers would have to settle for a well-earned point and a much improved performance in Curle’s managerial bow for Northampton Town.

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
CORNERS: (3) 6          
FOULS: (6) 14        

BURY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
CORNERS: (4) 6
FOULS: (2) 4 


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Ticket News


Information ahead of Tuesday's game with Bury

2 October 2018

Northampton Town welcome Bury to the PTS Academy Stadium on Tuesday evening.

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

Tickets can be purchased ahead of arrival via

On Tuesday evening, 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 6pm.

Three points isn't the only aim on Tuesday, 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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