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Northampton Town 1 Stevenage 0 - the match report

1 January 2020

Wednesday January 1st, 3.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

Andy Williams 90


Attendance: 4,613 (252 away supporters)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Charlie Goode, Jordan Turnbull, Scott Wharton, Michael Harriman (sub Chris Lines 46), Nicky Adams, Sam Hoskins, Ryan Watson (sub Matt Warburton 65), Paul Anderson, Vadaine Oliver, Scott Pollock (sub Andy Williams 46)
Subs not used: Steve Arnold, Reece Hall-Johnson, Joe Martin, Billy Waters

Stevenage: Paul Farman, Paul Digby, Chris Stokes, Tom Soares, Jason Cowley (sub Craig Mackail-Smith 58), Ben Kennedy, Dean Parrett, Ben Nugent, Charlie Lakin, Elliott List (sub Terence Vancooten 89), Michael Timlin 
Subs not used: Sacha Bastien, Paul Taylor, Liam Smith, Luis Fernandez

Referee: Mr Trevor Kettle

Cobblers: Michael Harriman (40, 2nd of the season), Paul Anderson (45, 2nd), Sam Hoskins (57, 6th), Scott Wharton (78, 5th)
Stevenage: Michael Timlin (28), Tom Soares (51), Elliott List (74)

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

Sent off:
Cobblers: none      
Stevenage: 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.

Scott Pollock came into the side in place of Andy Williams in the only change made by boss Keith Curle for the New Year’s Day fixture with Stevenage, who were dealt a blow in the warm-up when their captain Scott Cuthbert picked up an injury and had to be replaced in the starting line-up by Chris Stokes.

Vadaine Oliver had an early header saved by Paul Farman with the Stevenage stopper also saving a header from Charlie Goode in the opening ten minutes, both chances created by Nicky Adams.

Ben Kennedy drew a good save from David Cornell before Farman was again called upon to tip over another header from Oliver. Goode’s header from the subsequent corner was also saved with Farman also making a smart low save to tip away a shot from Sam Hoskins.

The Cobblers were creating chances but it was Stevenage who almost went in front on 32 minutes, Kennedy hitting the cross bar with a powerful strike from just outside the area.

Andy Williams and Chris Lines replaced Michael Harriman and Scott Pollock in a double change from Keith Curle at half-time.

Michael Timlin cracked a shot just wide as Ryan Watson made way for Matt Warburton in the Cobblers final change. There was then a chance for Williams but he couldn’t keep his shot down and the score remained goalless.

Oliver went desperately close to breaking the deadlock with a header while the dangerous Kennedy saw a shot tipped over by Cornell.

With the 90 minutes nearly up Goode headed against the post from an Adams corner before it needed an important challenge from Scott Wharton to deny Kennedy a shooting opportunity in stoppage time.

It looked like it was going to finish 0-0 but the Cobblers and Andy Williams had other ideas and after cutting inside Williams produced a fine finish to seal all three points and start 2020 in the best way possible.

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
CORNERS: (3) 6          
FOULS: (7) 12         

STEVENAGE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
CORNERS: (1) 5
FOULS: (6) 14


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Ticket News


Ticketing arrangements for New Year's Day

31 December 2019

Tickets for the New Year's Day game against Stevenage 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 New Year's Day, 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 season tickets and other match tickets are also on sale, but for the hour before kick off the ticket office will be selling Stevenage 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 New Year's Day, 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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