Northampton Town 3 Fleetwood Town 1 -the match report
NPOWER LEAGUE 2
Saturday January 5th
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3
Jake Robinson 7, 41
Clive Platt 53
FLEETWOOD TOWN 1
Jamie Allen 90
Attendance: 4,381 (118 away fans)
Cobblers: Lee Nicholls, Ben Tozer, Kelvin Langmead, Clarke Carlisle, Joe Widdowson, Chris Hackett, Luke Guttridge (sub Lewis Hornby 73), Ben Harding, Jake Robinson (sub Ishmel Demontagnac 83), Adebayo Akinfenwa, Clive Platt (sub Louis Moult 77)
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Paul Turnbull, Anthony Charles, Lewis Wilson
Fleetwood: Scott Davies, Dean Howell, Junior Brown, Alan Goodall, Conor McLaughlin, Alex Titchiner, Jamie McGuire (sub Anthony Barry 46), Damien Johnson (sub Gareth Evans 46), Rob Atkinson, David Ball (sub Jamie Allen 77), Alex Marrow.
Subs not used: Steve McNulty, Jamie Milligan, Chris Maxwell, Steven Gillespie
Referee: Mr R Lewis
Cobblers: Ben Harding (15, 2nd of the season), Clarke Carlisle (51, 3rd), Joe Widdowson (72, 7th), Lewis Hornby (85, 2nd)
Fleetwood: Jamie McGuire (5), Conor McLaughlin (26)
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.
Having joined the club on a permanent basis Clarke Carlisle came back into the side while Luke Guttridge replaced Lewis Hornby in midfield. Lewis Wilson, back from his successful loan spell at Kettering Town, was named on the bench.
Jake Robinson put the Cobblers in front on 7 minutes, heading in a superbly delivered cross from Chris Hackett at the far post after the winger had been played in by Clive Platt.
Hackett fired a 30-yard free-kick just over the bar while Adebayo Akinfenwa went close with a header following a Ben Tozer long throw.
The Cobblers doubled their lead on 41 minutes when from another Tozer long throw, won by Platt, the ball was punched out by the keeper to Jake Robinson and his shot from the edge of the area took a deflection before finding the back of the Fleetwood net.
Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander made a double change at half-time with Gareth Evans and Anthony Barry on for Jamie McGuire and Damien Johnson.
Clive Platt made it 3-0 on 53 minutes, smashing the ball home after Scott Davies could only parry a header from Akinfenwa who had met a Hackett cross.
Lewis Hornby replaced Luke Guttridge on 73 minutes as boss Aidy Boothroyd made his first change. Louis Moult then replaced goalscorer Platt, who left the field to a rapturous round of applause from the Cobblers faithful.
The Cobblers third and final substitution came on 83 minutes with Jake Robinson making way for Ishmel Demontagnac.
Jamie Allen pulled a goal back for Fleetwood In stoppage time but the Cobblers had done enough to make it six wins from their last seven games at Sixfields.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 9
CORNERS: (1) 1
FOULS: (9) 19
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
FLEETWOOD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 2
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 5
CORNERS: (1) 3
FOULS: (8) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by the Press Association.