SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday October 13th, 2.00pm
PTS Academy Stadium
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Aaron Pierre 63
Andy Williams 90
FOREST GREEN ROVERS 1
Reuben Reid 44
Attendance: 5,073 (234 away supporters)
Cobblers: David Cornell, Billy Waters (sub Daniel Powell 90), Shay Facey, Jordan Turnbull, Aaron Pierre, David Buchanan (sub Jack Bridge 78), Sam Foley, John-Joe O’Toole, Matt Crooks (sub Kevin van Veen 57), Andy Williams, Sam Hoskins
Subs not used: Lewis Ward, Shaun McWilliams, Dean Bowditch, Hakeem Odoffin
Forest Green: Robert Sanchez, Liam Shephard, Lloyd James (sub Isaac Pearce 77), Farrend Rawson, Carl Winchester, Dayle Grubb, Reece Brown (sub George Williams 66), Nathan McGinley, Paul Digby, Joseph Mills, Reuben Reid (sub Gavin Gunning 66)
Subs not used: Lee Collins, James Montgomery, Theo Archibald, Matt Worthington
Referee: Ollie Yates
Cobblers: Matt Crooks (54, 5th of the season, misses MK Dons), John-Joe O'Toole (72, 3rd), Sam Hoskins (86, 3rd), Kevin van Veen (90, 3rd)
Forest Green: Robert Sanchez (60), Liam Shephard (90), Farrend Rawson (90)
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
Forest Green: 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.
Billy Waters replaced Shaun McWilliams in the only change to the side that started in the previous league game at Swindon Town. Former Cobblers defender Lee Collins was named on the bench for Forest Green Rovers, who came to the PTS Academy Stadium unbeaten in 2018/19. The game kicked off at the earlier time of 2pm in order to avoid a direct clash with the Northampton Saints. A strong wind made conditions far from ideal for either side as the game got underway.
Matt Crooks headed wide from an early David Buchanan cross in a quick start from the hosts while David Cornell had to be at full-stretch in order to keep out an effort from Dayle Grubb in an early sight at goal for Rovers.
Robert Sanchez saved from Waters following a well-worked free-kick and a cross from Andy Williams just evaded Sam Hoskins in the box in a promising Cobblers move. Cornell made a second good save of the afternoon, this time to deny Lloyd James, before Waters fired over from 15-yards.
An accidental clash of heads between Matt Crooks and Forest Green centre-back Farrend Rawson led to a lengthy stoppage with Crooks coming off worse. The Cobblers midfielder was however able to continue after recieving treatment.
Grubb sent in a shot that kissed the top of the bar but that only proved to be a temporary reprieve for the Cobblers as Forest Green took the lead just before half-time, Reuben Reid racing through to score, the goal given despite appeals for an off-side flag.
Kevin van Veen came on for Crooks twelve minutes into the second half, Crooks having picked up his fifth booking of the season encurring a one-match ban as a result.
Sanchez made a good stop to turn behind a fierce drive from Sam Foley as the Cobblers upped the tempo in search of an equaliser.
That equaliser came in the shape of an Aaron Pierre header, his second goal in as many games coming from a Buchanan corner knocked back by Jordan Turnbull.
The Cobblers were now unquestionably in the ascendancy, Waters seeing a shot deflected behind and Turnbull heading just over from another corner. Hoskins then had a low free-kick well saved by Sanchez with Rovers somehow surviving the subsequent melay in the penalty area.
Daniel Powell came on for Waters in stoppage time as Keith Curle made his third and final change, Jack Bridge having earlier replaced Buchanan. Hoskins curled a shot agonisingly wide as the Cobblers continued to push hard for a winner which duly came deep into injury time, Andy Williams keeping his cool to finish van Veen’s excellent lay-off.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 6
CORNERS: (1) 7
FOULS: (5) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 4
FOREST GREEN MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 5
CORNERS: (2) 2
FOULS: (5) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
SCRATCH CARD GOAL TIMES: 43:04, 62:07, ET2