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Match Reports


Northampton Town 2 Cambridge United 0 - the match report

26 October 2019

Saturday October 26th, 3.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

Harry Smith 26, 45


Attendance: 5,221 (694 away supporters)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Paul Anderson (sub Billy Waters 58), Charlie Goode, Scott Wharton, Jordan Turnbull, Scott Pollock, Alan McCormack (sub Chris Lines 69), Shaun McWilliams, Nicky Adams, Sam Hoskins, Harry Smith (sub Andy Williams 73)
Subs not used: Andrew Fisher, Reece Hall-Johnson, Vadaine Oliver, Michael Harriman
Cambridge: Dimitar Mitov, Kyle Knoyle, George Taft, Luke Hannant, Harrison Dunk, Harry Darling, Marc Richards (sub Liam O'Neil 86), Reggie Lambe, Sam Smith (sub Andrew Dallas 78), Paul Lewis, Elliott Ward (sub Harvey Knibbs 71) 
Subs not used: Greg Taylor, Louis John, Leon Davies, Callum Burton

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Cobblers: Sam Hoskins (45, 4th of the season), Alan McCormack (51, 4th)
Cambridge: Reggie Lambe (45)

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      
Cambridge: 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.

Keith Curle was targeting a third win in a week as Cambridge United, managed by former Cobblers boss Colin Calderwood, came to the PTS Academy Stadium. Striker Marc Richards, who had two spells with Town, was another familiar face for the U’s.

Alan McCormack, back from illness, was one of three changes to the Cobblers side that made the long trip to Carlisle in midweek with Harry Smith and Paul Anderson also included from the start.

With this being the last home game before Remembrance Sunday in November there was a short period of silence prior to kick-off.

On a wet and windy afternoon Cambridge started brightly, an alert David Cornell tipping over a dangerous early cross from Luke Hannant and Charlie Goode making a vital interception. It was the Cobblers though who went close to breaking the deadlock on 18 minutes, Dimitar Mitov making a fine save to keep out a Scott Wharton header. Cambridge then had a couple of chances from set pieces, Cornell saving a deflected effort from Richards and Elliott Ward heading wide.

Harry Smith kept his composure to put the Cobblers in front on 26 minutes, latching on to a ball over the top from Nicky Adams before beating Mitov with a cool finish into the corner. Smith was nearly in for a second soon after but on a skiddy surface the pass from Shaun McWilliams just skipped away from the frontman.

In first half stoppage time Harry Smith did have a second goal, his shot from a tight angle deflected in off U’s defender George Taft. There was still time for Reggie Lambe and Sam Hoskins to pick up yellow cards following a strong challenge by the Cambridge player but it was the Cobblers who had a two goal lead at the break.

Cambridge were struggling to handle Smith and ten minutes into the second half the striker was in again, forcing Mitov into a save.

Richards was denied by a superb save from Cornell as the U’s enjoyed a period of pressure, searching for a goal to get them back into the contest.

Harry Smith received a standing ovation as he made way for Andy Williams in the Cobblers final change, Billy Waters and Chris Lines having already come on for Anderson and McCormack respectively. Williams then fired wide before Richards left the field to warm applause from the home fans.

Harvey Knibbs passed up a good chance to pull a goal back for the U’s in stoppage time and although the second half hadn’t quite reached the heights of the first for the Cobblers, three points were assured making it a terrific week for Keith Curle’s side with three wins on the bounce.

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
CORNERS: (3) 5          
FOULS: (8) 22         

CAMBRIDGE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
CORNERS: (5) 8
FOULS: (8) 13



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Ticket News


Arrangements for the visit of Cambridge United

25 October 2019

Tickets for Saturday's game against Cambridge United 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 Cambridge United 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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