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Northampton Town 3 Bristol Rovers 1 - the match report

17 February 2024

Saturday February 17th, 3.00pm

Patrick Brough 3
Mitch Pinnock 40
Marc Leonard 84

Chris Martin 78

Attendance: 6,817 (872 away fans)


Cobblers: Louie Moulden, Sam Sherring (sub Liam Moore 76), Jordan Willis, Jon Guthrie, Patrick Brough, Ben Fox (sub Shaun McWilliams 61), Marc Leonard, Will Hondermarck (sub Jack Sowerby 76), Mitch Pinnock, Kieron Bowie (sub Louis Appere 76), Tyreece Simpson (sub Tony Springett 72)
Subs not used: James Dadge, Manny Monthe

Bristol Rovers: Jed Ward, Lewis Gordon, Josh Grant (sub John Marquis 65), James Wilson, Scott Sinclair (sub James Connolly 72), Luke Thomas, Chris Martin, Harvey Vale (sub Harry Vaughan 46), Jevani Brown, Tristan Crama (sub Elkan Baggott 46), Jack Hunt
Subs not used: Luca Hoole, Matthew Cox, Jerry Lawrence

Referee: Adam Herczeg

Cobblers: Patrick Brough (52), Louie Moulden (79)
Bristol Rovers: James Wilson (24)

Sent off:
Cobblers: none
Bristol Rovers: none

Sam Sherring returned from injury as one of three changes to the Northampton Town starting XI for the visit of Bristol Rovers. Ben Fox and Tyreece Simpson also came into the side with Shaun McWilliams and Jack Sowerby, both making their return from injury, named on the bench. Former Cobblers striker John Marquis was amongst the Rovers substitutes.

In a fast start from the home side, Patrick Brough fired the Cobblers in front on 3 minutes, the left-back set away by Ben Fox before initially playing in Tyreece Simpson but with the on-loan Huddersfield striker unable to get a shot off, it was left to Brough to tuck the ball home.

Jed Ward parried a shot from Will Hondermarck as the Cobblers looked for a second goal but Rovers were posing a threat of their own with Scott Sinclair curling a shot just wide and Fox making a vital headed interception to deny a primed Chris Martin.

Mitch Pinnock doubled the Cobblers lead five minutes before half-time, goalscorer Brough providing the assist for Pinnock who drove the ball into the bottom corner. It was a well crafted goal by Jon Brady’s side with Kieron Bowie and Simpson also both involved in the build-up.

Bristol Rovers, having brought on Elkan Baggott and Harry Vaughan in a double change at half-time, pressed early in the second half and it needed a terrific block from Jordan Willis to deny Luke Thomas a clear strike on goal. The Cobblers though then went agonisingly close to a third goal with Brough seeing a sweetly struck volley cannon off the cross bar.

Louie Moulden made a comfortable save from Vaughan before Ben Fox made way for Shaun McWilliams in the Cobblers first change of the afternoon, Fox leaving the field to a standing ovation. Tyreece Simpson also received a rapturous round of applause as he was replaced by Tony Springett while Liam Moore came on to make his Cobblers debut In a triple change which also saw the introduction of Louis Appere and Jack Sowerby, Moore coming on for Sam Sherring.

Chris Martin halved Rovers deficit with a close range finish on 79 minutes but after Sowerby had a shot blocked behind for a corner, Marc Leonard restored the Cobblers two goal lead with a terrific first time strike into the top corner following a training ground move from the set piece.

Rovers pressed for a second goal in injury time but an important block from McWilliams ensured there would be no late drama as the Cobblers claimed a deserved 3-1 victory.

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (5) 11

BRISTOL ROVERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
CORNERS: (0) 5
FOULS: (5) 7

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Arrangements for a busy Saturday at Sixfields

16 February 2024

There is plenty happening at Sixfields on Saturday!

Please do arrive early as we are expected to be busy. 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 1.30pm and entry in to the stadium is welcomed at any point from that time onwards.

The north gravel car park will be open from 10am 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. 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 and again after the game until the queue has cleared. Please note from 2pm the ticket office will be dealing with Bristol Rovers ticket sales only. Sales for other games will resume after the match.

Match tickets can be collected from the ticket office until 1pm (ID required), and from the ticket collection point opposite the ticket office from 1pm onwards.

Supporters can enjoy free play on the new community pitch behind the stadium from noon until 2.30pm (weather conditions permitting), while free hot soup is on offer outside the West Stand, please note this is subject to availability at all times.

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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