Northampton Town 2 Luton Town 0 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday April 30th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Zander Diamond 4
John Marquis 36
LUTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 7,664 (841 away fans)
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Josh Lelan, Zander Diamond, Luke Prosser, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole, Danny Rose, Ricky Holmes, Nicky Adams (sub Lawson D'Ath 57), Sam Hoskins (sub Jason Taylor 84), John Marquis (sub James Collins 57)
Subs not used: Ryan Clarke, Ryan Cresswell, Shaun McWilliams, Alfie Potter
Subs not used: Alex Lawless, Paul Benson, Craig King, Frankie Musonda
Referee: Mr D Bond
Cobblers: Josh Lelan (16, 3rd of the season)
Luton: Cameron McGeehan (74)
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.
With the presentation of the League 2 trophy to come at full-time, the Cobblers took on Luton Town at a packed out Sixfields in their final home match of the season.
Luke Prosser replaced the injured Rod McDonald at centre-half while Josh Lelan continued in the absence of right-back Brendan Moloney. Youth teamer Shaun McWilliams was named on the bench.
The atmosphere was electric and the Cobblers were at it right from the word go, taking the lead on 4 minutes when Zander Diamond powered home Danny Rose’s corner.
Luton were forced into making a change when Danny Green was forced off with a serious looking leg injury, Josh McQuoid coming on in his place.
Joe Pigott headed over from six-yards before John Marquis doubled the Cobblers lead, Marquis adding the finishing touches to a fine free flowing move involving John-Joe O’Toole and Ricky Holmes.
A smart save from Elliot Justham denied David Buchanan his first goal of the season and Sam Hoskins struck the post in first half stoppage time as the Cobblers continued to press forward.
The post denied Cameron McGeehan in a rare opening for Luton before James Collins and Lawson D’Ath came on for Nicky Adams and John Marquis in a double change for the Cobblers.
Justham saved from Hoskins while Collins saw a shot deflected behind.
As the game entered the final 15 minutes the atmosphere inside the ground cranked up another notch as the anticipation really started to build ahead of the full-time whistle and the trophy presentation.
Jason Taylor came on in the final change for the Cobblers, replacing Sam Hoskins.
The game finished 2-0 and as the Champions recorded yet another victory, the party started at Sixfields.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (6) 8
CORNERS: (4) 7
FOULS: (5) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
LUTON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 1
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 6
CORNERS: (0) 0
FOULS: (4) 7
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta