EMIRATES FA CUP FIRST ROUND
Saturday November 4th, 1.30pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Mitch Pinnock 29
Attendance: 3,187 (168 away supporters)
Cobblers: Max Thompson, Akin Odimayo (sub Aaron McGowan 56), Patrick Brough, Sam Sherring, Jordan Willis (sub Louis Appere 67), Ali Koiki (sub Tyreece Simpson 77), Marc Leonard, Shaun McWilliams (sub Manny Monthe 77), Will Hondermarck (sub Jack Sowerby 67), Mitch Pinnock, Sam Hoskins
Subs not used: James Dadge, Harvey Lintott, Ryan Haynes, Neo Dobson
Barrow: Paul Farman, Mazeed Ogungbo (sub Ben Whitfield 46), George Ray, Niall Canavan, Kian Spence, Elliot Newby, Tom White, James Chester (sub Sam Foley 74), Luca Stephenson (sub Robbie Gotts 46), Dom Telford (sub Gerard Garner 61), Emile Acquah (sub Jamie Proctor 61)
Subs not used: Courtney Duffus, Owen Bray, Sean Etaluku
Referee: Paul Howard
Cobblers: Will Hondermarck (44), Sam Hoskins (68), Mitch Pinnock (85)
Barrow: Mazeed Ogungbo (21)
Northampton Town took on Barrow at Sixfields in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup, the game kicking off at the earlier time of 1.30pm in order to avoid a direct clash with the Northampton Saints.
Max Thompson, Jordan Willis and Will Hondermarck all came into the Cobblers side as boss Jon Brady made three changes to the side that started at Derby in midweek. Lee Burge was unavailable for selection due to injury while Kieron Bowie served the final game of his three match ban. Louis Appere and Jack Sowerby were back on the bench.
Barrow took the lead inside ten minutes on a damp afternoon at Sixfields, Emile Acquah heading home from an Elliot Newby corner.
Hondermarck shot just wide and Sam Hoskins was denied by a close range block as the Cobblers looked for a quick response to falling behind. They were back on level terms just before the half-hour mark, Mitch Pinnock in the right place at the right time to slot the ball home after Niall Canavan’s clearance deflected off Hoskins.
Dom Telford went close to restoring the visitors lead with a fine strike from 25-yards that curled narrowly wide while Hondermarck, played in by Hoskins, poked the ball just wide as the Cobblers also went close to a second goal before half-time.
Ali Koiki headed over at the back post and Hoskins shot just wide in an encouraging start to the second half, both chances created by Akin Odimayo.
It was Barrow though who took the lead for a second time on 52 minutes, Thompson unfortunate to be beaten by a heavily deflected strike from Tom White.
Back from injury, Louis Appere and Jack Sowerby came on in a double change midway through the second half, replacing Jordan Willis and Will Hondermarck.
Another substitute, Aaron McGowan, set up a chance for Hoskins but his looping header landed on the roof of the net and not long after that Barrow doubled their lead, Ben Whitfield nipping in to score from close range.
Thompson made a good save to deny Kian Spence as Tyreece Simpson and Manny Monthe came on in the Cobblers final changes. There was no way back for Jon Brady’s side though as Barrow booked their place in round two.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 7
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (4) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
BARROW MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 2
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (4) 7
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1