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Northampton Town 1 Exeter City 2 - the match report

20 April 2024

Saturday April 20th, 3.00pm
Jon Guthrie 73
Luke Harris 20
Will Aimson 82
Attendance: 7,097 (647 away supporters)
Cobblers: Lee Burge, Aaron McGowan (sub Akin Odimayo 73), Sam Sherring, Jon Guthrie, Ali Koiki, Marc Leonard, Shaun McWilliams (sub Sam Hoskins 64), Jack Sowerby (sub Will Hondermarck 83), Louis Appere (sub Tony Springett 71), Mitch Pinnock, Kieron Bowie
Subs not used: James Dadge, Jordan Willis, Ben Fox
Exeter: Viljami Sinisalo, Zak Jules, Will Aimson, Tom Carroll, Ryan Woods (sub Harry Kite 81), Ilmari Niskanen, Luke Harris (sub Caleb Watts 81), Dion Rankine (sub Ben Purrington 58), Jack Fitzwater (sub Cheick Diabate 46), Millenic Alli, Jake Richards (sub Reece Cole 65)
Subs not used: Shaun MacDonald, Pedro Borges
Referee: Reubyn Ricardo
Cobblers: Jon Guthrie (44)
Exeter: none
Sent off:
Cobblers: none
Exeter: Ryan Woods (44)
Northampton Town took on in-form Exeter City at Sixfields in their final home game of the 2023/24 Sky Bet League 1 season with both sides jostling for a top half finish. The game kicked off at the earlier time of 2pm to avoid a direct clash with the Northampton Saints.

Ali Koiki, Shaun McWilliams and Jack Sowerby came into the Cobblers side while Marc Leonard and Kieron Bowie made their final appearance at Sixfields after spending two seasons on-loan from Fulham and Brighton respectively. James Dadge was named on the bench with Louie Moulden missing through injury.

Viljami Sinisalo saved comfortably from Bowie in the first real opening of the afternoon for the Cobblers but twenty minutes in it was Exeter who made the breakthrough, Luke Harris with an angled strike into the corner off the post after making a good run down the right.

The Cobblers had a chance to equalise when a cross into the box from Aaron McGowan found Bowie but his header was saved by Sinisalo while at the other end it needed a good save from Lee Burge to deny Ilmari Niskanen.

A combination of the crossbar and a number of blocks inside the area including one on the goal-line saw Exeter somehow survive a period of intense Cobblers pressure with Mitch Pinnock, Jon Guthrie, Louis Apppere, Bowie and Leonard all denied in a frantic 60 seconds.

Ryan Woods didn’t survive however when he put his head into Guthrie's face with referee Reubyn Ricardo flashing a red card. The Cobblers skipper was then denied an equaliser in first half stoppage time, Sinisalo saving his header on the line.
Cheick Diabate came on in a change for Exeter at half-time, replacing Jack Fitzwater. The Grecians were then forced into a second change after Dion Rankine picked up an injury, Ben Purrington coming on with over half an hour still to play. Jon Brady’s first change of the afternoon saw Sam Hoskins replace Shaun McWilliams with the Grecians then making another change, Reece Cole on for Jake Richards.

Leonard, who had earlier in the half had a shot blocked, skewed another shot wide as the Cobblers looked to get themselves back on level terms and the equaliser came on 73 minutes when a long throw from Mitch Pinnock was flicked onto Jon Guthrie and the Cobblers skipper was in the right place at the right time to turn the ball home from close range.

Exeter were back in front ten minutes later however when a low cross was met at the back post by Will Aimson and despite an additional eight minutes and some late Cobblers pressure, the division’s in-form team held on for the three points.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
CORNERS: (4) 9
FOULS: (6) 12
EXETER MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
CORNERS: (2) 2
FOULS: (3) 7

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Another big Sixfields crowd is expected

19 April 2024

There is plenty happening at Sixfields on Saturday!

Please do arrive early as we are expected to be busy. Please allow extra time for your journey as Northampton Saints play at home on Saturday. Please also look to enter the turnstiles and to take your seats as soon as possible to avoid any delays particularly in the busy fifteen minutes prior to kick off. While we will do all we can to ensure smooth and efficient entry in to the game, ticket and security checks must take place and arriving late may mean you miss kick off.
The turnstiles will open at 12.30pm and entry in to the stadium is welcomed at any point from that time onwards.
The north gravel car park will be open from 9am while the car park at Duston Mill, which is not operated by the club but is available for supporters to park in, (sat nav NN5 5FP) will also be open, this car park opens at 11am. Please do not park in the car parks of other business premises in or around Sixfields. There may well be parking restrictions in place.
Carr's Bar will be open before and after the game (home supporters only), while the club store will be open before and after the game. The outside bar at Carr's Bar may be open but will be weather dependent.
A reminder that no persons under the age of 14 are permitted to attend a fixture without an accompanying adult.
The ticket office will also be open from 10am until kick off (but closed after the game). Please note from 1pm the ticket office will be dealing with Exeter City match ticket sales only. 
Season tickets and car park passes for next season are now ready to collect from the ticket office.
Please bring ID and proof of status/necessary paperwork when collecting.
Match tickets can be collected from the ticket office until 12pm (ID required), and from the ticket collection point opposite the ticket office from 12pm onwards.
Supporters can enjoy free play on the new community pitch behind the stadium from 11am until 1.30pm (weather conditions permitting).
We will also be paying tribute to those supporters who have passed in 2024 so far with a pre-match big screen tribute.
Tickets for the game remain on sale via
We wish you an enjoyable day at Sixfields, but please do arrive early!

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