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Match Reports


Northampton Town 4 Morecambe 1 - the match report

18 January 2020

Saturday January 18th, 3.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

Paul Anderson 28
Ryan Watson 45
Nicky Adams 55
Chris Lines 75

Adam Phillips 64 

Attendance: 4,761 (105 away supporters)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Charlie Goode, Jordan Turnbull, Scott Wharton, Sam Hoskins, Nicky Adams (sub Joe Martin 77), Chris Lines, Ryan Watson, Paul Anderson (sub Michael Harriman 69), Vadaine Oliver (sub Matt Warburton 69), Andy Williams
Subs not used: Steve Arnold, Reece Hall-Johnson, Scott Pollock, Morgan Roberts
Morecambe:  Mark Halstead, Alex Kenyon (sub A-Jay Leitch-Smith 65), Steven Old (sub Ritchie Sutton 37), Cole Stockton, Sam Lavelle, Carlos Mendes Gomez, George Tanner, Jordan Slew, Ryan Cooney, Adam Phillips (sub John O'Sullivan 74), Toumani Diagouraga
Subs not used: Luke Conlan, Tom Brewitt, Christoffer Mafoumbi 

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Cobblers: none 
Morecambe: none

10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension       
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension

Sent off:
Cobblers: none      
Morecambe: 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.

Morecambe came to the PTs Academy Stadium at the start of a busy week for the Cobblers with an away league game at Leyton Orient in midweek and the Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie against Derby County on Friday night still to come. Vadaine Oliver started against his former club with Keith Curle naming an unchanged side.

Mark Halstead saved an early Andy Williams header and Jordan Slew dragged a shot wide in a fairly even opening fifteen minutes.

George Tanner and Cole Stockton both tested David Cornell before the Cobblers made the breakthrough, Paul Anderson, fresh from signing a contract extension at the PTS, scoring with a cross that evaded everybody including the Shrimps goalkeeper Halstead.

Morecambe were close to immediately getting back on level terms but Sam Hoskins was in the right place at the right time to clear the danger. Goalscorer Anderson then made a crucial block to deny Toumani Diagouraga with the first-half nearly up.

There was still time though for the Cobblers to double their lead before the break, Anderson’s drilled cross/shot touched home by Ryan Watson in stoppage time.

An alert Nicky Adams drove home to make it 3-0 ten minutes into the second half after keeper Halstead, under pressure from Oliver, was unable to clear a dangerous cross in from Chris Lines.

Morecambe were still in the game despite the scoreline and Adam Phillips pulled a goal back on 64 minutes, picking up the scraps after David Cornell pushed away a shot from Stockton. Anderson and Oliver then made way for Matt Warburton and Michael Harriman in a double change for the Cobblers.

Chris Lines restored the three-goal advantage and made it 4-1 with a superb volley. An Adams cross had created the goal, and he was then replaced by Joe Martin as Keith Curle made his third substitution.

There was no letting up from the home side and Hoskins, Warburton and Lines all had shots saved by Halstead in the closing stages as the Cobblers continued their winning run in 2020.

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
CORNERS: (2) 4         
FOULS: (5) 12         

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

SCRATCH CARD GOAL TIMES (applies to first four goals in a game): 27:13, ADTM1, 54:38, 63:45

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Ticket News


Arrangements for Saturday's game

17 January 2020

Tickets for Saturday's game against Morecambe at the PTS Academy Stadium (3pm kick off) are now on sale from the ticket office and

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 for any game, including the Emirates FA Cup 4th round tie with Derby County, please visit the ticket point opposite the main entrance. 

Please note that half season tickets and other match tickets are also on sale, but for the hour before kick off the ticket office will be selling Morecambe match tickets only. We are expected to be very busy so if collecting tickets, please arrive early!

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 1.15pm.

A win 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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