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Match Reports

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2 CRAWLEY TOWN 2

Northampton Town 2 Crawley Town 2 - the match report

21 September 2019

SKY BET LEAGUE 2      
Saturday September 21st, 3.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Chris Lines 15 pen
Shaun McWilliams 64

CRAWLEY TOWN 2
Ashley Nathaniel-George 70
Josh Doherty 90 

Attendance: 5,121 (233 away supporters)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Michael Harriman, Joe Martin, Charlie Goode, Scott Wharton, Jordan Turnbull, Shaun McWilliams, Chris Lines (sub Matt Warburton 88), Nicky Adams (sub Vadaine Oliver 60), Sam Hoskins, Andy Williams (sub Egli Kaja 75)
Subs not used: Andrew Fisher, Scott Pollock, Billy Waters, Jay Williams
 
Crawley: Glenn Morris, Lewis Young (sub David Sesay 54), Josh Doherty, Tom Dallison, Reece Grego-Cox, Ollie Palmer, Nathan Ferguson (sub Dannie Bulman 46), George Francomb, Mason Bloomfield, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Bez Lubala (sub Ashley Nathaniel-George 67)
Subs not used: Tarryn Allarakhia, Jamie Sendles-White, Brian Galach, Michael Luyambula

Referee: Andy Haines

Booked:
Cobblers: Andy Williams (71, 1st of the season) 
Crawley: Josh Doherty (49)

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      
Crawley: 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.

On the club’s designated Community Day, the Cobblers, looking to make it three wins on the bounce, took on another in-form side in Crawley Town, who started the afternoon 7th in Sky Bet League 2. Keith Curle’s side were again unchanged with Harry Smith serving a one-match ban following his sending off at Stevenage in midweek. Former Cobbler Lewis Young captained Crawley.

It was another warm and sunny September afternoon at the PTS Academy Stadium as the game got underway with the home fans in good voice.

Chris Lines put the Cobblers in front from the penalty spot after an encouraging start, the spot kick awarded for a trailing leg from Nathan Ferguson on Charlie Goode following a scramble in the box. Lines' penalty was tucked well into the corner, giving Glenn Morris in the Crawley goal no chance.

A vital challenge from Jordan Turnbull and a subsequent goal line clearance from Goode denied Bez Lubala an equaliser as the visitors looked to mount a response to falling behind. Crawley looked a threat but the Cobblers had a chance to double their lead when Sam Hoskins fired over from the edge of the area, Shaun McWilliams and Andy Williams combining to set up the chance.

David Cornell made a good low save to deny Reece Grego-Cox with half-time approaching before Hoskins slid a shot across the face of goal and just wide of the far post in stoppage time.

Four minutes into the second half and the Cobblers were awarded their second penalty of the afternoon, Michael Harriman brought down by Lubala. Chris Lines again stepped up but this time Morris made the save to keep the scoreline at 1-0.

Lubala found the side netting via a deflection and the same player went close again just before the hour mark, curling a shot just wide of Cornell’s upright.

Shaun McWilliams scored his first Cobblers goal to double the home side’s lead on 64 minutes, Hoskins' cross to the back post met with a snappy volley from the academy graduate.

Crawley were back in the game soon after however, substitute Ashley Nathaniel-George finding the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

The game was open and Morris saved from Williams as the Cobblers looked to restore their two-goal advantage, Hoskins also going close with a low shot just wide from 20-yards and McWilliams seeing an effort blocked following some good work by Vadaine Oliver.

Dannie Bulman fired wide from 30-yards with the 90 minutes almost up but with six additional minutes signalled by the fourth official the game was far from done and Crawley equalised deep in stoppage time through Josh Doherty’s deflected effort.


COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 9
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 5 
CORNERS: (1) 3          
FOULS: (4) 5        
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1

CRAWLEY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 4  
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 8 
CORNERS: (1) 4
FOULS: (4) 9 
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2

SCRATCH CARD GOAL TIMES: 14:05, 63:14, 69:02, ADTM2

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Ticket arrangements for Saturday's Community Day

20 September 2019

Tickets for Saturday's Community Day game against Crawley Town at the PTS Academy Stadium (3pm kick off) are now on sale from the ticket office and ntfcdirect.co.uk

Tickets remain on sale and they will be available on arrival.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of arrival via ntfcdirect.co.uk.

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 Crawley 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 ntfcdirect.co.uk 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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