Northampton Town 1 Bradford City 1 - the match report
FA CUP 1ST ROUND
Saturday November 3rd, 3pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Louis Moult 61
BRADFORD CITY 1
Will Atkinson 32
Attendance: 2,512 (281 away fans)
Cobblers: Shane Higgs, Danny East, John Johnson, Kelvin Langmead, Anthony Charles (sub David Moyo 72), Joe Widdowson, Chris Hackett, Ben Tozer, Emyr Huws, Louis Moult )sub Clive Platt 80), Adebayo Akinfenwa.
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Lewis Wilson, Ishmel Demontagnac, Henoc Mukendi, Lewis Hornby (youth)
Bradford: Matt Duke, Stephen Darby, James Meredith, Ritchie Jones, Garry Thompson (sub James Hanson 76), Will Atkinson, Carl McHugh, Alan Connell (sub Nahki Wells 76), Gary Jones (sub Rory McArdle 81), Nathan Doyle, Scott Brown.
Subs not used: Jon McLaughlin, Adam Baker, Zavon Hines, Forrayah Bass
Referee: Mr G Eltringham (change to programme)
Cobblers: Anthony Charles (18, 2nd of the season), Ben Tozer (28, 2nd)
Bradford: Joe Meredith (43)
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.
The fit again Chris Hackett and John Johnson both came back into the Cobblers side while Shane Higgs started in goal. Louis Moult partnered Adebayo Akinfenwa in attack.
Joe Widdowson provided a cross for Akinfenwa in the Cobblers first chance of the afternoon but the striker’s header was saved by former Town loanee Matt Duke.
With the Cobblers enjoying a good spell of pressure, Duke did well to block a header from Louis Moult and he then tipped a drive from Hackett around the post.
Bradford took the lead on 32 minutes, Will Atkinson firing home right-footed after being played in by Alan Connell.
The Cobblers came close to a leveller on the stroke of half time, but Akinfenwa's header from Hackett free kick was blocked at point blank range.
Matt Duke tipped over a header from Louis Moult at the start of the second half as the Cobblers looked to level thins up. Akinfenwa then found the side netting as Aidy Boothroyd’s side continued to press.
Moult equalised on 61 minutes, rising well to head home a superb cross from Danny East.
The Cobblers made a change on 72 minutes, youth team striker David Moyo coming on for Anthony Charles.
Duke denied Akinfenwa before Nahki Wells and James Hanson both came on for the Bantams. Clive Platt then replaced Moult.
Neither side could find a late winner as the FA Cup first round tie headed for a replay at Valley Parade.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 10
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (6) 8
FOULS: (7) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3
BRADFORD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 8
CORNERS: (2) 6
FOULS: (5) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 5
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by the Press Association.