The match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Tuesday March 25th, 7.45pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Darren Carter 28 pen, 78
AFC WIMBLEDON 2
George Francomb 14
Sammy Moore 90
Attendance: 3,812 (362 Dons fans)
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Leon McSweeney, Gregor Robertson (sub Evan Horwood 58), Zander Diamond, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Chris Hackett, Ricky Ravenhill, Darren Carter, Brennan Dickenson (sub Ian Morris 58), Alan Connell (sub Cristian Lopez 57), Emile Sinclair.
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Ivan Toney, Ben Tozer, Gary Deegan.
AFC Wimbledon: Ross Worner, Barry Fuller, Andy Frampton (sub Will Antwi 74), Alan Bennett, George Francomb (sub Chris Arthur 78), Sammy Moore, Jack Midson, Charlie Wyke (sub Luke Moore 74), Aaron Morris, Michael Collins, Tom Richards.
Subs not used: Peter Sweeney, Harry Pell, Seb Brown, Jake Nicholson.
Referee: Mr M Bull
Cobblers: Chris Hackett (51, 7th of the season)
AFC Wimbledon: Michael Collins (89), Aaron Morris (90)
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
AFC Wimbledon: Jack Midson (27)
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.
Leon McSweeney and Brennan Dickenson both came back into the side with new loan signing, Tranmere defender Evan Horwood, named on the bench.
AFC Wimbledon took the lead on 14 minutes, George Francomb shooting the ball home from a Michael Collins cut-back.
As the Dons enjoyed a good spell of pressure it was nearly 2-0 on 20 minutes when McSweeney’s clearance came back off the crossbar before Aaron Morris saw his follow-up effort blocked.
The Cobblers were awarded a penalty on 27 minutes with Jack Midson shown a straight red card for deliberate handball. Darren Carter stepped up to score from the spot and level matters.
After a quiet start to the second half Chris Wilder made a triple change just before the hour mark, Cristian Lopez, Ian Morris and Evan Horwood coming on for Alan Connell, Brennan Dickenson and Gregor Robertson.
Sinclair saw a header go wide from a Carter corner while Matt Duke denied Collins with a smart save.
Darren Carter put the Cobblers in front with a terrific strike on 78 minutes, the midfielder scoring from 25-yards after some good work by Morris.
There was to be a late sting in the tail though with Sammy Moore scoring from close range deep into the six minutes of stoppage time.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 8
CORNERS: (3) 7
FOULS: (6) 16
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
AFC WIMBLEDON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (1) 4
FOULS: (6) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.