SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday September 28th, 3.00pm
Adam Buxton 72
Kevin Ellison 90
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Jordan Turnbull 21, 37
Attendance: 2,245 (318 Cobblers fans)
Morecambe: Barry Roche, Luke Conlan (sub Adam Buxton 53), Alex Kenyon (sub Aaron Wildig 70), Steve Old, Andrew Tutte, John O’Sullivan (sub Kevin Ellison 87), Lewis Alessandra, A-Jay Leitch-Smith, Sam Lavelle, Shaun Miller, George Tanner
Subs not used: Mark Halstead, Tom Brewitt, Ibrahim Bakare, Jordan Cranston
Cobblers: David Cornell, Michael Harriman (sub Harry Smith 46), Joe Martin, Charlie Goode, Scott Wharton, Jordan Turnbull, Shaun McWilliams (sub Matt Warburton 79), Chris Lines, Nicky Adams, Sam Hoskins, Andy Williams (sub Reece Hall-Johnson 64)
Subs not used: Andrew Fisher, Scott Pollock, Morgan Roberts, Vadaine Oliver
Referee: Martin Coy
Morecambe: George Tanner (30)
Cobblers: Charlie Goode (29, 4th of the season), Sam Hoskins (78, 3rd), Jordan Turnbull (86, 5th, one match ban)
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.
Keith Curle again named an unchanged side for the trip to Morecambe with Reece Hall-Johnson and Harry Smith, back from injury and suspension respectively, named on the bench.
Morecambe’s A-Jay Leitch-Smith drew an early save from David Cornell but with 20 minutes played it was the Cobblers who made the breakthrough, Jordan Turnbull heading home a Nicky Adams corner.
Turnbull was enjoying a good afternoon and he was on target again before half-time, finding the bottom corner with a low shot from 25-yards.
Shaun Miller went close with a shot from distance before the break but it was the Cobblers who almost extended their lead, an Andy Williams header hitting the top of the cross bar as the first half drew to a close.
Harry Smith replaced Michael Harriman at half-time while in the opening exchanges of the second half, Scott Wharton flicked a corner just over and Joe Martin saw a free-kick go close as the Cobblers continued to press for a third goal.
Not for the first time this season Nicky Adams was denied by the woodwork after curling a shot against the bar before Reece Hall-Johnson made his playing return from injury with Andy Williams making way.
Following a lengthy delay after the assistant referee picked up an injury and had to be replaced by the fourth official Morecambe pulled a goal back, substitute Adam Buxton with a low strike into the bottom corner from 25-yards.
The goal visibly lifted the home side and but for a superb save from Cornell to turn behind a shot from Leitch-Smith the scores would have been level.
An incredible ten minutes of stoppage time were signalled and Morecambe were back on level terms when another substitute, Kevin Ellison tucked the ball home from close range.
There was still plenty of time for more drama though and the Cobblers went agonisingly close to re-taking the lead when they were again denied by the woodwork, a Sam Hoskins flick coming back off the bar.
Hall-Johnson also went agonisingly close with a volley just wide but with both sides pushing for a winner the points were shared.
MORECAMBE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 10
CORNERS: (1) 4
FOULS: (3) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 9
CORNERS: (4) 7
FOULS: (5) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0