SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday September 3rd, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3
Sam Hoskins 5
Kieron Bowie 46
Tyler Magloire 50
Josh Gordon 13
Attendance: 4,605 (223 away fans)
Cobblers: Lee Burge, Sam Sherring (sub Max Dyche 90), Tyler Magloire, Jon Guthrie, Ali Koiki, Shaun McWilliams, Marc Leonard, Sam Hoskins, Mitch Pinnock (sub Harvey Lintott 90), Kieron Bowie (sub Ryan Haynes 80), Louis Appere (sub Jack Sowerby 70)
Subs not used: James Dadge, Peter Abimbola, Liam Cross
Barrow: Paul Farman, Patrick Brough, Sam McClelland (sub George Ray 90), Niall Canavan, Josh Gordon, Josh Kay, Harrison Neal (sub Tom White 64), Robbie Gotts (sub John Rooney 64), Sam Foley, Tyrell Warren, Ben Whitfield (sub David Moyo 64)
Subs not used: Josh Lillis, Myles Kenlock
Referee: Tom Reeves
Cobblers: Marc Leonard (54, 1st of the season), Ali Koiki (90, 1st), Tyler Magloire (90, 1st), Jon Guthrie (90, 1st)
Barrow: Sam Foley (26), Josh Gordon (45), Tom White (86), Patrick Brough (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
Boss Jon Brady was without a number of key players for the visit of in-form Barrow with Danny Hylton, Ben Fox, Aaron McGowan, Akin Odimayo, Josh Eppiah and Jonny Maxted all sidelined. It was confirmed an hour before kick-off that Fox (knee) was facing a lengthy spell out while Hylton and Akin Odimayo picked up knocks in the Papa John’s Trophy tie at Ipswich. Maxted missed out through illness; McGowan (knee) continues his recovery while Eppiah was still not quite yet ready to feature.
Sam Sherring was however back involved with the defender coming in for Harvey Lintott in the only change to the side that started the previous league fixture. Former Cobblers midfielder Sam Foley started for Barrow who, after six games, sat second in the table.
Lee Burge, making his 250th career appearance, made an early save from Josh Gordon and Niall Canavan headed just wide from a corner in a bright start for Barrow.
It was the Cobblers though who took the lead on 5 minutes, Sam Hoskins with a fine strike into the bottom corner.
Barrow, who had won five of their opening six games, weren’t behind for long however with the in-form Josh Gordon firing low beyond Burge after a smart turn and shot inside the area.
A double-save from Paul Farman denied Ali Koiki and Louis Appere as the Cobblers looked to restore their lead in what was proving to be a highly entertaining contest between two of the early season front runners in Sky Bet League 2.
Kieron Bowie headed wide from an Ali Koiki cross and the Fulham loanee was denied by Farman at his near post before goalscorer Gordon was booked for simulation after going down unchallenged in the area.
The Cobblers re-took the lead less than a minute into the second half, Kieron Bowie on the end of a tantalising cross from Ali Koiki to head home.
Tyler Magloire then headed in an inch-perfect Mitch Pinnock corner to make it 3-1 but with Barrow still looking dangerous in attack the game was far from over.
David Moyo, who began his career in the Cobblers academy, came on with John Rooney and Tom White in a triple change for the visitors who appealed in vain for a penalty when Robbie Gotts went down under pressure from Magloire.
Hoskins was denied by a fine save from Farman following a well-worked free-kick routine before Jack Sowerby replaced Appere in Jon Brady’s first change of the afternoon. Ryan Haynes then replaced Bowie with ten to play.
A combination of Burge and the cross bar prevented Moyo pulling a goal back in stoppage time, of which there was more than ten minutes and it had gone 5 o’clock by the time the game finished, the Cobblers managing the time well to secure all three points.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 5
CORNERS: (4) 6
FOULS: (3) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
BARROW MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 4
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (6) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1