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Northampton Town 1 Mansfield Town 2 - the match report

7 March 2020

Saturday March 7th, 3.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

Harry Smith 90

Danny Rose 12 pen
Willem Tomlinson 74

Attendance: 5,666 (767 away supporters)

Cobblers: Steve Arnold, Mark Marshall (sub Harry Smith 46), Charlie Goode, Scott Wharton, Jordan Turnbull, Nicky Adams, Sam Hoskins, Alan McCormack (sub Lloyd Jones 65), Ryan Watson, Vadaine Oliver, Callum Morton (sub Scott Pollock 68)
Subs not used: David Cornell, Paul Anderson, Chris Lines, Michael Harriman

Mansfield:  Aidan Stone, Krystian Pearce, Neal Bishop, Nicky Maynard (sub Craig Davies 82), Kelland Watts (sub Hayden White 87), Willem Tomlinson, Ryan Sweeney, Joe Riley, CJ Hamilton, Harry Charsley, Danny Rose
Subs not used: Mal Benning, Jack Evans, Tyrese Sinclair, Jimmy Knowles, Maison Campbell

Referee: Peter Wright

Cobblers: Charlie Goode (31, 7th of the season), Vadaine Oliver (54, 5th), Alan McCormack (62, 7th), Harry Smith (62, 2nd), Nicky Adams (90, 2nd)
Mansfield: Willem Tomlinson (31)

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

Sent off:
Cobblers: Sam Hoskins (10)      
Mansfield: 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.

With ten games to go and the Cobblers in the play-off places heading into the season run-in, boss Keith Curle named an unchanged side for the visit of Mansfield.

Following advice from the EFL on Friday there were no traditional pre-match handshakes due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Aidan Stone saved an early Nicky Adams free-kick but after a bright start for the Cobblers came a big potential turning point when Mansfield were awarded a penalty after Sam Hoskins brought down Harry Charsley. Hoskins was shown a straight red card and Danny Rose tucked away the spot kick to put the Stags in front.

A well-timed tackle from Alan McCormack halted the advancing run of Nicky Maynard as Mansfield looked to make the most of their numerical advantage and it needed a terrific double save from Steve Arnold and follow-up goal line clearance from Charlie Goode to prevent the Stags doubling their lead.

Vadaine Oliver went close to an equaliser with an audacious overhead kick in first half stoppage time, the Cobblers still very much in the contest despite being down to ten men.

Harry Smith replaced Mark Marshall at half-time in an attacking change from Curle, Smith back in action for the first time since suffering ankle ligament damage in the game at Crawley on Boxing Day.

The Cobblers started the second half brightly and had a huge shout for a penalty turned down when Neal Bishop challenged Scott Wharton while a header from Smith back across goal just eluded the on-rushing Oliver and Callum Morton.

Willem Tomlinson went close from an acute angle and Smith fired over before Alan McCormack, having been booked, made way for Lloyd Jones.

Jones had a header tipped over by Stone as the Cobblers forced a couple of corners in quick succession but they were nearly punished on the break when CJ Hamilton shot into the side netting.

It was a warning sign for the Cobblers who were committing players forward as they had to do and Mansfield doubled their lead following another breakaway, Willem Tomlinson keeping his cool to finish one-on-one with Arnold.

The Cobblers had battled hard with ten men and pulled a goal back deep in stoppage time through a Harry Smith header but Mansfield claimed the three points.

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

MANSFIELD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
CORNERS: (2) 2
FOULS: (11) 15


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Ticket News


Arrangements for Saturday's game

6 March 2020

Tickets for Saturday's game against Mansfield Town 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, please visit the ticket point opposite the main entrance. 

Please note that other match tickets are also on sale, but for the hour before kick off the ticket office will be selling Mansfield Town 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.

If you have a disabled parking space in the South or West car parks and you are not attending the game PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE call or text our dedicated number of 07889 652088 before noon on Saturday. We have a big demand for disabled parking spaces and to help other supporters please let us know if we can reallocate your space.

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