Northampton Town v Bury
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Friday December 26th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Marc Richards 6
Chris Hackett 77
Andrew Tutte 31
Tom Soares 45
Danny Mayor 57
Attendance: 4,563 (302 away fans)
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Daniel Alfei (sub Chris Hackett 46), Evan Horwood, Zander Diamond, Gregor Robertson, Ben Tozer, Stewart Murdoch (sub John-Joe O'Toole 65), Darren Carter, Lawson D’Ath (sub Kaid Mohamed 65), Ivan Toney, Marc Richards.
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Kelvin Langmead, Lee Collins, Joel Byrom.
Bury: Rob Lainton, Andrew Tutte, Adam El-Abd, Kelvin Etuhu, Hallam Hope (sub Craig Jones 66), Danny Mayor (sub Chris Sedgwick 90), Chris Hussey, Daniel Nardiello (sub Ryan Lowe 31), Tom Soares, Hayden White, Nathan Cameron.
Subs not used: Jim McNulty, Nicky Adams, Danny Rose, Scott Burgess.
Referee: Mr M Bull
Cobblers: Evan Horwood (49, 1st of the season)
Bury: Adam El-Abd (18), Chris Hussey (83)
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Cobblers: Ivan Toney (63, 3 match ban)
Bury: Hayden White (63)
Sendings off: 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.
Lawson D’Ath, Daniel Alfie and Gregor Robertson all came into the Cobblers side for the Boxing Day clash against Bury at Sixfields.
After a positive start the Cobblers had the lead on 6 minutes, Ivan Toney setting up Marc Richards to score his 11th goal of the season. It was a good finish from Richards with Stewart Murdoch also playing a part in the build-up.
Andrew Tutte had a shot deflected onto the roof of the net for Bury before Matt Duke came to the Cobblers rescue to save at the feet of former Sixfields loanee Hallam Hope. Danny Mayor then raced clear before putting his shot wide with Hope better placed in front of goal.
Bury were back on terms just after the half hour, Andrew Tutte with a strike from 25-yards that Duke got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Tom Soares then headed the Shakers in front from a corner on 45 minutes as the away side lead at the break.
Chris Hackett replaced Daniel Alfei for the second half, which began with Murdoch having a shot deflected wide before Duke made a good stop to deny Hope.
Bury doubled their lead on 57 minutes, Danny Mayor with the angled finish from Ryan Lowe’s pass.
There was a double sending off on 63 minutes, Ivan Toney and Hayden White both shown red cards following an off the ball and off the pitch incident. Kaid Mohamed and the re-called John-Joe O’Toole then both joined the action at the expense of D’Ath and Murdoch.
The Cobblers were back in it on 77 minutes, Chris Hackett’s in-swinging corner going straight in.
Richards and Carter both shot wide from distance before 4 minutes of stoppage time were signalled. Gregor Robertson headed just past the post in injury time but it was Bury who were to claim the three points on Boxing Day.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 7
CORNERS: (1) 6
FOULS: (8) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
BURY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 3
CORNERS: (6) 9
FOULS: (5) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 7
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta