SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday November 2nd, 3.00pm
OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2
Scott Wilson 85
Jonny Smith 89
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Matt Warburton 6
Andy Williams 80
Attendance: 3,274 (373 Cobblers fans)
Oldham: Zeus de la Paz, Alex Iacovitti, Jamie Stott, Filipe Morais (sub Mohammed Maouche 79), Christopher Missilou (sub Zak Emmerson 82), Desire Segbe Azankpo (sub Scott Wilson 68), Chris McCann, Jonny Smith, David Wheater, Chris Eagles, Tom Hamer
Subs not used: Gary Woods, Dylan Fage, Mohammed Sylla, Tomas Egert
Cobblers: David Cornell, Paul Anderson (sub Andy Williams 58), Charlie Goode, Scott Wharton, Jordan Turnbull, Chris Lines, Alan McCormack (sub Michael Harriman 80), Matt Warburton, Nicky Adams, Sam Hoskins, Harry Smith (sub Vadaine Oliver 68)
Subs not used: Andrew Fisher, Reece Hall-Johnson, Billy Waters, Egli Kaja
Referee: Peter Wright
Cobblers: Paul Anderson (40, 1st of the season), Scott Wharton (59, 2nd)
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
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 (foot) and Shaun McWilliams (illness) were both missing from the trip to Oldham Athletic as the Cobblers looked to make it four wins from four games. Chris Lines and Matt Warburton came into the side with the fit again Egli Kaja named on the bench.
It was a wet and gloomy early November afternoon in Greater Manchester as the game got underway. The Cobblers started brightly with Warburton seeing a shot from 20-yards turned behind by Zeus de la Paz.
Matt Warburton wasn’t to be denied a second time though and the former Stockport man opened the scoring on 6 minutes, his first ever league goal a tap in from close range after Chris Lines' initial effort from a Nicky Adams corner came back off the post.
Filipe Morais headed wide and Jonny Smith found the side netting as the home side looked to respond. Morais looked a threat and he curled a shot just over the bar after an initial save from David Cornell, Chris Eagles having also seen an effort well blocked inside the area.
The Cobblers had a chance to double their lead before half-time but the cross bar denied Warburton his second goal of the afternoon, meaning there was still only one goal in it as the teams left the field for half-time.
Chris McCann had a shot blocked in the opening exchanges of the second half and it needed a vital interception from Scott Wharton to deny Desire Segbe Azankpo a chance inside the six-yard box.
Goalscorer Warburton fired over and Andy Williams, on for Paul Anderson, shot wide from the edge of the area with just over fifteen minutes to play.
Andy Williams made it 2-0 on 80 minutes, the substitute with a terrific turn and shot into the top corner after being played in by Lines.
Latics substitute Scott Wilson pulled a goal back to set up a tense last few minutes and the home side were back on terms when Jonny Smith’s cross/shot was cruelly deflected past Cornell.
Unsurprisingly those two goals lifted the home fans and a nervy six minutes of stoppage time followed before the referee blew for full-time and the points were shared.
OLDHAM MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (8) 9
CORNERS: (1) 5
FOULS: (4) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 8
CORNERS: (2) 7
FOULS: (4) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1