Northampton Town 1 Sheffield United 1 - the match report
Tuesday July 22nd, 7.45pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Marc Richards 58 pen
SHEFFIELD UNITED 1
Andy Butler 27
Attendance: 1,514 (382 away fans)
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Daniel Alfei, Gregor Robertson(sub Evan Horwood 69), Zander Diamond, Lee Collins, Chris Hackett (sub Alex Nicholls 76), Ricky Ravenhill (sub Emile Sinclair 69), Darren Carter, Kaid Mohamed, John-Joe O’Toole (sub Ben Tozer 69), Marc Richards (sub David Moyo 84)
Substitutes not used: Dean Snedker, Kelvin Langmead, Connor Roberts
Sheff Utd: Mark Howard, Adam Nditi (sub Robert Harris 61), Andy Butler (sub Craig Alcock 68), Robbie Crawford (sub JD Paling 6), Michael Doyle (sub Connor Dimaio, 61), Louis Reed (sub Stefan Scougall 65), Stephen McGinn (sub Chris Basham 61), Ben Davies, Harrison McGahey (sub Harry McGuire 68), Chris Porter (sub Jamie McDonagh 65), Jamal Campbell-Ryce (sub Jose Baxter 65)
Substitutes not used: George Long
Referee: Mr D Whitestone
Sheff Utd: none
Sheff Utd: none
After a few days away in Scotland, Northampton Town returned to Sixfields on Tuesday night to take on League One side and FA Cup semi finalists Sheffield United in their first home pre-season friendly.
Kaid Mohamed had the Cobblers first effort on goal with his powerful shot deflected just wide.
It was the Blades who took the lead on 27 minutes, Andy Butler getting on the end of a Ben Davies free-kick to glance the ball home.
Marc Richards equalised for the Cobblers from the penalty spot on 58 minutes, Richards himself winning the penalty after being held back by the Blades goalkeeper.
With Sheffield United having changed virtually their whole team during the second half Cobblers boss Chris Wilder made a triple change of his own on 69 minutes, Evan Horwood, Emile Sinclair and Ben Tozer coming on for Gregor Robertson, Ricky Ravenhill and John-Joe O’Toole.
Alex Nicholls then joined the action for the last quarter of an hour with Chris Hackett making way. It was the first time Nicholls had graced the Sixfields surface since his leg-break back in late 2012.
There was to be no dream winner for Nicholls or the Cobblers though as the game finished 1-1.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 2
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 0
CORNERS: (3) 5
FOULS: (4) 6
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
SHEFF UTD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 3
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (2) 4
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3