Scunthorpe United 1 Northampton Town 1 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday March 8th, 3.00pm
SCUNTHORPE UNITED 1
Niall Canavan 52
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Zander Diamond 64
Attendance: 3,968 (401 Cobblers fans)
Scunthorpe: Sam Slocombe, Andy Dawson (sub Paul Hayes 75), Sean McAllister, David Mirfin, Niall Canavan, Hakeeb Adelakun (sub Terry Hawkridge 84), Eddie Nolan, David Syers, Paddy Madden, Sam Winnall, Marcus Williams (sub Etienne Esajas 88).
Subs not used: James Severn, Christian Ribeiro, Matt Sparrow, Luke Waterfall
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Leon McSweeney, Zander Diamond, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Gregor Robertson, Gary Deegan, Ricky Ravenhill, Darren Carter, Ian Morris, Alan Connell (sub Chris Hackett 66), John Marquis (sub Emile Sinclair 60)
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Ben Tozer, Ivan Toney, Connor Roberts, Brennan Dickenson
Referee: Mr K Wright
Scunthorpe: Sean McAllister (65), Niall Canavan (86)
Cobblers: Ricky Ravenhill (38, 6th of the season)
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Cobblers: Ricky Ravenhill (57, one match ban)
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.
John Marquis, Ian Morris and Gary Deegan all came into the side for the trip to Scunthorpe, replacing Emile Sinclair, Chris Hackett and Brennan Dickenson.
The Cobblers more than held their own against promotion chasing Iron in a fairly low key first half, restricting the team who started the day second in Sky Bet League 2 to very few chances.
There was a yellow card for Ricky Ravenhill seven minutes before the break, but Town, for their part, put together some nice passages of play in the first 45 minutes at Glanford Park.
Scunthorpe started the second half on the offensive and they had the lead on 52 minutes, all be it in slightly controversial circumstances, Niall Canavan's goal standing despite an apparent infringement on goalkeeper Matt Duke.
Things then got worse for the Cobblers five minutes later when Ricky Ravenhill was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.
Ten man Town equalised on 64 minutes, Zander Diamond with a terrific header from a perfectly delivered Darren Carter free-kick.
Paddy Madden had a chance to put the home side back in front on 73 minutes but Matt Duke had other ideas, the Cobblers stopper with an outstanding save.
Duke thwarted Madden again as the game entered stoppage time but Scunthorpe couldn't make their numerical advantage count as the Cobblers claimed a valuable, and well-deserved point.
SCUNTHORPE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 9
CORNERS: (0) 5
FOULS: (3) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 2
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 1
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 1
CORNERS: (1) 1
FOULS: (10) 18
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 3
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.