Accrington Stanley 2 Northampton Town 4 - the match report
NPOWER LEAGUE 2
Saturday November 10th, 3pm
ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2
George Miller 37
Romuald Boco 57
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 4
Adebayo Akinfenwa 17 , 69, 76
Jake Robinson 67
Attendance: 1,441 (228 Cobblers fans)
Accrington: Ian Dunbavin, Dean Winnard, Lee Molyneux, Rob Atkinson, Peter Murphy, George Miller, Luke Joyce, Romuald Boco, James Gray (sub Jack Sampson 90), Will Hatfield (sub Charlie Barnett 78), Padraigh Amond.
Subs not used: Andrew Dawber, Craig Lindfield, Aristote Nsiala, Danny Schofield, Michael Liddle.
Cobblers: Lee Nicholls, Danny East, Kelvin Langmead, Ben Tozer, Joe Widdowson, Lewis Wilson (sub Ishmel Demontagnac 63), Emyr Huws, Lewis Hornby, Chris Hackett, Adebayo Akinfenwa (sub Henoc Mukendi 85), Clive Platt (sub Jake Robinson 63).
Subs not used: Shane Higgs, Anthony Charles, David Moyo (youth), Ben Harding
Referee: Mr A Madley
Accrington: Dean Winnard (35), Peter Murphy (51)
Cobblers: Jake Robinson (68, 1st of the season), Henoc Mukendi (87, 1st)
5 cautions on or before 31 December; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sending offs: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Lewis Hornby and Lewis Wilson both came into the side replacing the injured John Johnson and the suspended Louis Moult. Ben Harding returned on the bench where he was joined by Jake Robinson following the completion of his loan spell at Luton.
James Gray tried his luck from distance on 5 minutes but Lee Nicholls was there to comfortably make the save.
The Cobblers took the lead on 17 minutes, Joe Widdowson crossing for Adebayo Akinfenwa to head home his 8th goal of the season.
With the Cobblers in the ascendancy, Lewis Wilson struck the underside of the crossbar having been teed up well by Clive Platt. Dean Winnard was shown a yellow card for a high and late challenge on Hornby.
George Miller equalised for Accrington on 37 minutes, his well-struck shot from 25 yards finding a way through a crowd of players following a corner for the home side.
Peter Murphy was booked on 51 minutes for bringing down the pacy Chris Hackett who curled the resultant free-kick just over.
Romuald Boco fired Accrington in front on 57 minutes, his well-placed shot giving Lee Nicholls no chance in the Cobblers goal.
Boss Aidy Boothroyd made a double change just after the hour mark with Jake Robinson and Ishmel Demontagnac replacing Clive Platt and Lewis Wilson.
Robinson equalised for the Cobblers just three minutes after coming on following some good work from Akinfenwa. Robinson was then shown a yellow card for his goal celebration.
Akinfenwa put the Cobblers back in front on 69 minutes, rising superbly to head in a cross from Emyr Huws.
It was 4-2 on 76 minutes, Akinfenwa completing his hat-trick with a sweet finish from 8-yards.
Robinson then struck the outside of the post as the Cobblers continued to rampage forward through the Stanley defence. Henoc Mukendi came on in the Cobblers final change with hat-trick hero Akinfenwa the player to make way.
Mukendi fired over from distance but there were to be no more goals as a topsy-turvy game at the Crown Ground ended with the Cobblers victorious in a 4-2 scoreline.
ACCRINGTON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 4
CORNERS: (4) 4
FOULS: (2) 4
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 10
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 10
CORNERS: (1) 4
FOULS: (7) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 3
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by the Press Association.