Northampton Town 2 Hartlepool United 1 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday October 10th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Marc Richards 4
Nicky Adams 21
HARTLEPOOL UNITED 1
Rakish Bingham 31
Attendance: 4,477 (204 away fans)
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Darnell Furlong, Ryan Cresswell, Shaun Brisley, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole, Joel Byrom, Nicky Adams (sub Jason Taylor 90), Sam Hoskins (sub Dominic Calvert-Lewin 75), Chris Hackett (sub Lawson D'Ath 68), Marc Richards
Subs not used: Ryan Clarke, Zander Diamond, Josh Lelan, Ryan Watson
Hartlepool: Adam Bartlett, Jake Carroll, Scott Harrison, Rakish Bingham, Billy Paynter (sub Scott Fenwick 90), Michael Woods (sub Brad Walker 75), Rhys Oates (sub Kudus Oyenuga 67), Nicky Featherstone, Connor Smith, Andrew Boyce, Brad Halliday
Subs not used: Trevor Carson, Matthew Bates, Lewis Hawkins, Dan Jones
Referee: Mr K Johnson
Cobblers: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (81, 2nd of the season)
Hartlepool: Rhys Oates (39), Connor Smith (61), Kudus Oyenuga (77)
5 cautions on or before 30 November; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
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.
In the only change to the side that started in the previous league game, a 3-2 win at Wycombe, Chris Hackett replaced Lawson D’Ath.
Marc Richards headed wide from an early corner as the Cobblers started on the front foot. And it was Richards who soon opened the scoring, snaffling up the chance presented to him by Nicky Adams low left-wing cross.
Rhys Oates went close for Hartlepool on 15 minutes, Andrew Boyce heading over from the subsequent corner. At the other end Ryan Cresswell then also failed to direct a header on target.
The Cobblers lead was doubled on 21 minutes, Nicky Adams' in-swinging corner going straight in.
Rakish Bingham halved Hartlepool’s deficit just after the half hour mark, taking the ball round Adam Smith after getting on the end of a long ball forward from Michael Woods.
Richards had a chance to restore the Cobblers two goal lead on 56 minutes but the striker scuffed his shot wide from close range.
Lawson D’Ath came on for Chris Hackett in the Cobblers first change before Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaced Sam Hoskins for the final 15 minutes.
In terms of clear cut chances and goalmouth action the second half had been much quieter than the first but the Cobblers closed the game out to extend their unbeaten run in the league to six matches.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (4) 9
FOULS: (7) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 4
HARTLEPOOL MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 3
CORNERS: (3) 4
FOULS: (3) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta