Wycombe Wanderers 2 Northampton Town 3 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday October 3rd, 3.00pm
WYCOMBE WANDERERS 2
Luke O'Nien 2
Danny Rowe 82
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3
Marc Richards 36
Lawson D'Ath 47
Shaun Brisley 51
Attendance: 4,227 (597 Cobblers fans)
Wycombe: Matt Ingram, Sido Jombati, Joe Jacobson, Danny Rowe, Aaron Pierre, Marcus Bean, Stephen McGinn (sub Sam Wood 61), Luke O’Nien (sub Max Kretzschmar 80), Aaron Amadi-Holloway (sub Matt Bloomfield 61), Gozie Ugwu, Garry Thompson
Subs not used: Alex Lynch, Jason Banton, Ryan Sellers.
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Darnell Furlong, Ryan Cresswell, Shaun Brisley, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole, Joel Byrom, Lawson D’Ath (sub Ryan Watson 77), Nicky Adams (sub Zander Diamond 90), Sam Hoskins (sub Dominic Calvert-Lewin 69), Marc Richards
Subs not used: Ryan Clarke, Josh Lelan, Chris Hackett, Evan Horwood
Referee: Mr K Hill
Wycombe: Marcus Bean (34), Gozie Ugwu (88)
Cobblers: Darnell Furlong (27, 2nd of the season), John-Joe O'Toole (73, 2nd), Ryan Watson (85, 2nd)
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.
Chris Wilder made two changes to the side for part two of the Cobblers London (ish) week long away day trilogy, Ryan Cresswell and Sam Hoskins coming in for Zander Diamond and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Gozie Ugwu, who spent pre-season on trial at Sixfields before picking up an injury and then signing for Wycombe, started for Wanderers.
The home side took the lead inside two minutes at Adams Park, Luke O’Nien with a looping header over Adam Smith.
The Cobblers responded well to falling behind, Matt Ingram saving from Marc Richards with Nicky Adams ready to pounce and Joel Byrom seeing a shot deflected behind.
Smith denied Ugwu at close range as Wycombe had a chance to double their lead while David Buchanan made a terrific tackle to nip the ball away from Garry Thompson. Thompson was then through one-on-one with Smith on 26 minutes but the Town goalkeeper made the save.
Aaron Pierre came to Wycombe’s rescue just after the half hour mark, making a goal line clearance to prevent Ryan Cresswell’s header making it 1-1.
It was only a temporary measure for Wanderers though with the Cobblers deservedly back on terms on 35 minutes, Marc Richards scoring from a free-kick tapped off to him by Adams.
The second half, like the first, started with an early goal but this time it went the way of the Cobblers, Lawson D’Ath heading in Nicky Adams cross.
Less than five minutes later Shaun Brisley doubled the Cobblers lead, the on-loan defender heading in from a free-kick.
Wycombe made a double change just after the hour mark in an attempt to get themselves back into the game, Matt Bloomfield and Sam Wood coming on.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ryan Watson came on for the Cobblers before Wycombe pulled a goal back on 82 minutes, Danny Rowe scoring from close range following a corner.
That goal set up a tense finale but the Cobblers, backed by a terrific following of fans in fine voice, came through to claim three points against the side who started the afternoon top of League 2.
WYCOMBE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 3
CORNERS: (3) 5
FOULS: (10) 18
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (9) 11
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 1
CORNERS: (3) 3
FOULS: (8) 17
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta