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Northampton Town 1 Arsenal 1 - the match report

27 August 2019

Tuesday August 27th, 7.30pm       
PTS Academy Stadium

Sam Hoskins 82

James Olayinka 76

Attendance: 2,515 (599 away)

Cobblers: Andrew Fisher, Shaun McWilliams, Charlie Goode (Capt.), Jordan Turnbull, Joe Bunney, Sam Hoskins, Ryan Watson, Scott Pollock (Chris Lines 70), Billy Waters, Matty Warburton (Andy Williams 84), Harry Smith (Vadaine Oliver 76).
Subs not used: David Cornell, Jay Williams, Nicky Adams, Morgan Roberts.

Arsenal: Matt Macey, Emile Smith-Rowe, Folarin Balogun, Tolaji Bola (Tobi Omole 30), Harry Clarke (Capt.), Trae Coyle, Jordan McEneff (Robbie Burton 76), James Olayinka, Joseph Olowu, Zak Swanson (Mazeed Ogbungbo 85), Nathan Tormey. 
Subs not used: Tyreece John-Jules, James Hillson, Miguel Azeez.

Referee: Robert Lewis

Cobblers: Sam Hoskins (40), Joe Bunney (69)
Arsenal: Tobi Omole (36, 62), Joseph Olowu (64)

Sent off:
Cobblers: none       
Arsenal: Tobi Omole (62)

The Cobblers' Trophy campaign got underway on Tuesday night when Arsenal Under 21s visited the PTS Academy Stadium. On-loan Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Andrew Fisher made his debut with young midfielder Scott Pollock also named in the starting XI.

On an extremely humid evening in Northampton it was Fisher who was first called into action, turning behind a shot from Arsenal’s Nathan Tormey. It was a fairly even contest but the Cobblers enjoyed a spell of pressure just after the half hour mark, Matt Warburton having a shot deflected wide and Sam Hoskins seeing an effort saved by Matt Macey.

Clear cut chances for either side were at somewhat of a premium but it needed a smart save from Fisher to deny Trae Coyle ten minutes into the second half. The pacy Tormey then drilled a shot into the side netting as Arsenal pushed forward but Steve Bould’s side were reduced to ten men when substitute Tobi Omole was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Hoskins.

Macey saved from Hoskins following a Cobblers free-kick with Billy Waters finding the side-netting on the follow-up. Chris Lines came on for the final twenty minutes and Vadaine Oliver soon followed, Scott Pollock and Harry Smith making way.

Warburton curled a shot wide but it was Arsenal who made the breakthrough on 78 minutes, James Olayinka side-footing the ball home from close range after a strong run and cross from Folarin Balogun.

The Cobblers weren’t behind for long though, Sam Hoskins with a stunning volley into the roof of the net after a chest down from Oliver. Keith Curle then played his final substitutes card with Andy Williams on for Warburton.

Lines cracked a shot just over from 30-yards as the game entered stoppage time But with neither side able to find a late winner and with the scores level at 90 minutes a penalty shoot-out followed to decide which team would be awarded an extra point in the group stage of the competition.


Sam Hoskins – scored 1-0

Trae Coyle – saved 1-0

Shaun McWilliams – scored 2-0

Robbie Burton – scored 2-1

Ryan Watson – scored 3-1

Nathan Tormey – scored 3-2

Billy Waters – scored 4-2

Folarin Balogun – scored 4-3

Charlie Goode – saved 4-3

Emile Smith-Rowe – missed 4-3

Cobblers win 4-3 on penalties (Cobblers 2 points, Arsenal U21s 1 point)

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

ARSENAL MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)       
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (6) 15 

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Details for Tuesday's Trophy tie

27 August 2019

Northampton Town welcome Arsenal to the PTS Academy Stadium in the Trophy on Tuesday evening (kick off 7.30pm).

The West Stand and Imperial Cars South Stands are open for this game and ticket prices have been reduced to just £5 for adults and senior citizens and £1 for under 18s.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of arrival via

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 Arsenal 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 6.30pm.

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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