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The Cobblers boss looks ahead to Saturday's game

6 September 2018

Cobblers boss Dean Austin wants his side to turn their performances in to points as he looks ahead to Saturday’s clash with Cheltenham Town at the PTS Academy Stadium.

“We are really looking forward to the game and we know what we have got to do,” he said.

“Of the three home league games we’ve had we could have easily won all three, we’ve been pretty dominant in all of the games and played some decent stuff but we’ve got to turn our dominance into wins.

“I’m a great believer in the harder you work the luckier you become and the boys have worked very hard again this week.

“There is no such thing as the perfect performance and even when we play well I will still analyse the game and look at where we can improve.

“Since Chris Wilder left this football club it has lost too many games of football and we need to change that mentality. If we keep working at the same level we have been we will get results and when we get that we will change the mindset.”

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Match Reports


Northampton Town 1 Cheltenham Town 3 - the match report

8 September 2018

Saturday September 8th, 3.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

Kevin van Veen 62 pen

Will Boyle 36
Conor Thomas 77 pen
Kelsey Mooney 83

Attendance: 4,608 (223 away supporters)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Shay Facey, David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, Matt Crooks, Sam Foley (sub Shaun McWilliams 62), John-Joe O’Toole (sub Daniel Powell 46, sub Andy Williams 64), Jack Bridge, Sam Hoskins, Kevin van Veen
Subs not used: Lewis Ward,  Leon Barnett, Dean Bowditch, Billy Waters
Cheltenham: Scott Flinders, Johnny Mullins, Nigel Atangana, Ryan Broom, Will Boyle, George Lloyd (sub Conor Thomas 72), Jacob Maddox (sub Ben Tozer 90), Jordon Forster, Tom Field, Kelsey Mooney, Tyrone Barnett (sub Manny Duku 85)
Subs not used:  Rhys Lovett, Kelvin Kalala, Chris Clements, Craig Alcock 

Referee: Lee Collins

Cobblers: none 
Cheltenham: Scott Flinders (61)

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      
Cheltenham: 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.

David Buchanan made his 150th appearance for the club as the Cobblers played their third home game in a week. John-Joe O’Toole replaced Junior Morias (hamstring) while former Cobbler Ben Tozer started the afternoon on the bench for Cheltenham.

A delightful cross field ball from Matt Crooks found Sam Hoskins in front of goal early on but after beating Scott Flinders to the ball Hoskins couldn’t find the target. Kevin van Veen, from a tight angle, was also just off target as the Cobblers fast start continued. A whipped free-kick from Jack Bridge then did force Flinders into making a save which he tipped around the post.

Cheltenham’s first chance of the game on 36 minutes led to the opening goal, Jordan Forster’s knock down setting up Will Boyle to tuck the ball home from close range.

David Cornell saved from George Lloyd as Cheltenham had a chance to double their lead before half-time while Flinders saved from Crooks as the first half drew to a close.

Daniel Powell came on for O’Toole at half-time with Hoskins shifted up front to partner van Veen. The Cobblers upped the tempo without creating any clear cut chances but with just over an hour played were awarded a penalty when Flinders brought down Hoskins following a slack back-pass. Kevin van Veen kept his cool to level things up from the spot.

Shaun McWilliams replaced Sam Foley in the Cobblers second change before Powell had to make way for Andy Williams after appearing to pick up an injury.

Forster headed wide from a Jacob Maddox corner with the game opening up and the referee pointed to the spot for a second time when Shay Facey fouled Maddox. Substitute Conor Thomas converted the subsequent penalty to put the Robins back in front.

Kelsey Mooney got the final touch from a corner to make it 3-1 and from there, there was no way back for the Cobblers. 

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
CORNERS: (3) 4          
FOULS: (6) 12        

CHELTENHAM MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
CORNERS: (0) 4
FOULS: (7) 13

SCRATCH CARD GOAL TIME(S): 35:31, 61:04, 76:04, 82:11

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Ticket News


Stay entertained in the build up to Saturday's game

6 September 2018

There are plenty of pre-match fun and games for all supporters attending Saturday's game at the PTS Academy Stadium to enjoy.

A typical pre-match build up to a Saturday afternoon home game is detailed below. Please note these are all subject to change but are designed to give anyone visiting us an idea of the sort of activities that take place:

The turnstiles open at 1pm, and from that time, on the West Stand concourse, we will have the FIFA GAMEZone in operation. The FIFA GAMEZone is looked after by an EA Sports Online Ranked Top 50 player who is also known online as @NTFC_REAPERZz, and has been playing FIFA professionally since 2015. He has been recruited to represent Northampton Town in online tournaments both nationally and internationally. He will also be at the club on home matchdays, heading up our GAME Zone.

Over at the East Stand, the Mick George family area will be open. This is designed for our junior supporters and their companions where youngsters can enjoy taking part in a range of activities such as banner making, face painting, inflatable football and drawing and colouring. You can access this area from walking around the back of the Sheinman Opticians Stand and follow the sign posts, clearly marked, or just listen for the noise!

We also have our own Nanny Hazel on hand to ensure everyone has a great time and stays safe!

Here’s a typical matchday timetable:-
1.30pm Mick George Family Area opens
Inflatable Football
Face Painting
Banner making
1.45pm Meet Clarence the Dragon & Mick the Skip
2pm Meet NTFC players for signings and autographs.

For those slightly older, the Fans Village is open behind the Sheinman Opticians Stand at every home game.

The Fans Village, which offers a choice of food and drink as well as pre-match music and entertainment, can be accessed by entering the stadium through a turnstile and then walking behind the Sheinman Opticians Stand into the fenced area.

Sheinman Opticians Stand turnstiles and the West Stand turnstile in the north corner will open around 2 hours before kick off to allow access to the village, with a valid match ticket required to enter both the stadium and the Fans Village.

After the game the bars will be closed, but Carr's Bar will be open for supporters to relax and enjoy a drink.

Whatever your choice of pre-match activity, there is plenty to enjoy ahead of kick off!

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