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NORTHAMPTON TOWN SURVIVE IN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

3 May 2014

Town stay up after last day fixtures

Northampton Town have survived in the Football League.

The Cobblers went in to the final day fixtures knowing that a draw (or better) against Oxford United would be good enough to secure their league status, whatever happened in Wycombe Wanderers' trip to Torquay United.

In front of a noisy, capacity crowd at Sixfields on Claret Day, the Cobblers fell behind early just as news came through that Wycombe had scored at Torquay. 

The Cobblers scored twice in four minutes to go ahead and ease the nerves, as fans heard that Bristol Rovers had fallen behind at home to Mansfield. Wycombe then doubled their lead at Torquay before the half time break.

The second half began with the Cobblers extending their lead, and as the second half progressed it became clear the Cobblers were safe. The main issue was would it be Wycombe or Bristol Rovers who were relegated?

Rovers needed to find an equaliser against Mansfield with Wycombe well in control down in Devon. They were unable to do so, and it was the Gas who dropped out of the Football League.

The Cobblers were six points adrift of safety at the start of February, and 5 points away at the start of March, but a run of just three defeats in their final 16 games, backed by some noisy, passionate crowds, has seen them secure safety under Chris Wilder.

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