Northampton Town 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - the match report
Tuesday July 26th, 7.30pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Harry BEAUTYMAN 37
Marc RICHARDS 78 pen
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1
Nial ENNIS 17
Cobblers: David Cornell, Aaron Phillips (sub David Buchanan 46), Zander Diamond (sub Ryan Cresswell 71), Gabriel Zakuani (sub Rod McDonald 71), Adam Chicksen (trialist), Lawson D'Ath, John-Joe O'Toole (sub Jason Taylor 72), Shaun McWilliams (sub Joel Byrom 64), Harry Beautyman (sub Jamie Hall (academy) 77), Emmanuel Sonupe (trialist), Alex Revell (sub Marc Richards 46).
Subs not used: Adam Smith, Josh McCammon (academy)
Wolves: Andrew Lonergan, Hakeem Odoffin, Ben O'Hanlon, Conor Coady (c), Aaron Hayden, Connor Johnson, Connor Ronan, Christian Herc, Nial Ennis, Bright Enobakhare, Nathan Byrne
Subs: Donovan Wilson, Jonathan Flatt, Ryan Leak, Regan Upton, Connor Hunte, Aaron Collins
Latest summer recruit Harry Beautyman came straight into the Cobblers side for their final home pre-season friendly, with Wolves providing the opposition.
There were some encouraging signs for the home side in the opening exchanges as Rob Page’s side put together some neat passages of play. However it was the Town stopper who was first to be tested, David Cornell saving from Nathan Byrne.
Niall Ennis fired Wolves in front just after the quarter hour mark but parity was almost immediately restored when a terrific strike from John-Joe O’Toole whistled just wide, his initial effort having been blocked.
The Cobblers equalised on 37 minutes and it was the debutant Harry Beautyman who levelled the scores, the midfielder timing his run into the box perfectly to head home a looping cross.
Marc Richards and David Buchanan came on for the second half, replacing Alex Revell and Aaron Phillips.
A plethora of substitutions followed as the second half progressed with very little goal mouth action.
With 12 minutes to go a push on Lawson D’Ath lead to a Cobblers penalty and Marc Richards stepped up to score from the spot.
Richards penalty proved to be the winner on the night as the Cobblers countdown to the new season continued with a win.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 2
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (6) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
WOLVES MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 3
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (6) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1