SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday August 19th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
>Mitch Pinnock 90
Attendance: 7,684 (1,451 away fans)
Cobblers: Max Thompson, Akin Odimayo (sub Harvey Lintott 79), Sam Sherring, Jon Guthrie, Patrick Brough, Jack Sowerby (sub Will Hondermarck 59), Marc Leonard, Sam Hoskins, Tyreece Simpson (sub Louis Appere 69), Mitch Pinnock, Kieron Bowie (sub Manny Monthe 79)
Subs not used: Max Dyche, Peter Abimbola, James Dadge
Peterborough: Nicholas Bilokapic, Harrison Burrows (sub Joe Tomlinson 73), Ronnie Edwards, Romoney Crichlow (sub Kabongo Tshimanga 90), Jonson Clarke-Harris, Ephron Mason-Clark (sub Ricky Jade-Jones 73), Kwame Poku, Joel Randall (sub David Ajiboye 73), Hector Kyprianou, Archie Collins, Peter Kioso
Subs not used: Josh Knight, Ryan De Havilland, Fynn Talley
Referee: Martin Woods
Cobblers: Sam Hoskins (90)
Peterborough: Archie Collins (17), Peter Kioso (82)
The atmosphere was electric inside a sold out Sixfields as Northampton Town took on Peterborough United in the Nene Derby.
Skipper Jon Guthrie was back in the side after missing the midweek draw with Lincoln, replacing Manny Monthe in the only change made by Jon Brady while former Cobblers loanee Peter Kioso started for Posh. A fit again Harvey Lintott was named on the bench but Aaron McGowan was unavailable for selection with the right-back joining the Cobblers lengthy list of injury absentees.
Joel Randall spurned a couple of good early chances for the visitors who came into the game with a 100% record from their first three League One fixtures in 2023/24.
Having weathered some early Peterborough pressure, Sam Hoskins and Kieron Bowie had shots blocked in a good spell from the Cobblers with Bowie, fed in by Mitch Pinnock, also seeing a shot saved by Nicholas Bilokapic.
Guthrie made a good block to deny the lively Kwame Poku in a moment of danger for the Cobblers, ensuring an entertaining and hard fought first half ended goalless.
Already booked, Archie Collins was perhaps a little fortunate not to receive a second yellow card for handball early in the second half.
Ephron Mason-Clark drew a comfortable save from Max Thompson with the Posh skipper also seeing a shot deflected over after a good ball in from Poku. Mason-Clark then had the ball in the back of the net just before the hour mark but the linesman’s flag had been quickly raised signalling off-side.
As the game entered the final ten minutes Lintott, on for Odimayo, nearly prized an opening for Hoskins inside the Posh penalty area and Hoskins was almost in again when Pinnock played a ball across the face of goal in a good spell from the Cobblers who were pushing for a late winner.
The Cobblers broke the deadlock in the 90th minute in incredible fashion, Mitch Pinnock hooking a volley from 35-yards that Bilokapic parried over his own goal line.
It was an unbelievable goal from Pinnock and it was enough to secure a fantastic three points for Jon Brady’s side.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (4) 4
FOULS: (1) 7
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
PETERBOROUGH MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (7) 11
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (1) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 3