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Northampton Town 2 Grimsby Town 0 - the match report

23 November 2019

Saturday November 23rd, 3.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

Scott Wharton 25 
Vadaine Oliver 41


Attendance: 5,211 (597 away supporters)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Paul Anderson (sub Ryan Watson 77), Charlie Goode, Scott Wharton, Jordan Turnbull, Chris Lines, Alan McCormack, Sam Hoskins, Nicky Adams, Vadaine Oliver (sub Scott Pollock 80), Andy Williams (sub Harry Smith 67)
Subs not used: Steve Arnold, Reece Hall-Johnson, Matt Warburton, Michael Harriman
Grimsby:  James McKeown, Liam Gibson, Harry Davis, Luke Waterfall, Matt Green (sub Moses Ogbu 68), Jake Hessenthaler, James Hanson, Jordan Cook (sub Ahkeem Rose 68), Ethan Robson (sub Elliott Whitehouse 55), Harry Clifton, Elliott Hewitt
Subs not used: Harry Cardwell, Sebastian Ring, Sam Russell, Joseph Starbuck

Referee:  Andy Haines

Cobblers: Vadaine Oliver (60, 3rd of the season)  
Grimsby: Matt Green (52), Harry Clifton (81), Ahkeem Rose (90)

5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension       
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension

Sent off:
Cobblers: none      
Grimsby: 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.

Ryan Watson returned on the bench as boss Keith Curle named an unchanged side for the visit of Grimsby Town. The midfielder was back in the matchday squad for the first time since suffering a broken collarbone in early September.

The visitors started brightly on a dark late November afternoon, Jake Hessenthaler shooting just wide when perhaps squaring the ball to a team mate was an option and James Hanson on the volley also going close.

There was a moment of controversy when Andy Williams went down under a challenge in the area but referee Andy Haines said no penalty despite strong protestations from the Cobblers players and supporters. The play then quickly switched to the other end with David Cornell pulling off a smart stop to deny Matt Green.

The Cobblers looked dangerous from set pieces and it was from a Nicky Adams free-kick that the breakthrough came, Scott Wharton heading home at the far post for his third goal in two games.

James McKeown was out quickly to deny Vadaine Oliver and Sam Hoskins saw a shot deflected behind, although a goal kick was given before Jordan Cook headed wide in a good chance for Grimsby.

Oliver looked a threat and he doubled the Cobblers lead before half-time, showing great alertness to pick up the scraps to prod the ball home from close range after Grimsby failed to clear the danger following a good initial header from Hoskins.

Paul Anderson fired wide and Hoskins drew a good save from McKeown in a strong start to the second half from the Cobblers, Charlie Goode also going close with a header just wide from an Adams free-kick.

James Hanson unleashed a powerful shot from 20-yards but Cornell was there to make the save to keep the scoreline at 2-0.

Elliott Hewitt then had a good chance to pull a goal back for Grimsby but couldn’t find the target from six-yards following a well-worked free-kick routine.

Ryan Watson then made his return to action, replacing Anderson with just over ten minutes to play as the Cobblers comfortably closed the game out to continue their impressive recent run of results.

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
CORNERS: (2) 6          
FOULS: (5) 10        

GRIMSBY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
CORNERS: (2) 3
FOULS: (4) 13


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Arrangements for Saturday's visit from Grimsby Town

22 November 2019

Tickets for Saturday's game against Grimsby 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 season tickets and other match tickets are also on sale, but for the hour before kick off the ticket office will be selling Grimsby 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.

Three points 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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