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NUNEATON TOWN 1 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0

12 July 2016

Nuneaton Town 1 Northampton Town 0 - the match report

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY 
Tuesay July 12th, 7.30pm 
Liberty Way


NUNEATON TOWN 1

33 Shaq McDonald


NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0

Attendance: 393


Nuneaton Town first half: Zeus De la Pas, Alex Penny, George Grayson, Kristian Scott, Kelvin Langmead, Connor Anderson, Sam Warburton, Billy Daniels, Colby Bishop, Elliott Whitehouse, Shaq McDonald

Nuneaton Town second half: Dean Snedker, James Clipton, Sam Gibson, George Cleet, Jordan Keane, Jordan Wheatley, Iwan Cartwright, James Fry, Joe Ironside, Amos Kabeya, Daniel Demkiu


Cobblers first half:  Adam Smith, Aaron Phillips, Zander Diamond, Gabriel Zakuani, David Buchanan, Jamie Hall, John-Joe O'Toole, Joel Byrom, James Hammond, Sam Hoskins, Marc Richards

Cobblers 2nd half; David Cornell, Aaron Phillips, Ryan Cresswell, Rod McDonald, James Hammond, Lawson D'Ath, Shaun McWilliams, Jak McCourt, Raheem Hanley (Josh McCammon 53), Joe Iaciofano, Alex Revell


Booked:

Nuneaton Town: none
Cobblers: none


Sent off:
Nuneaton Town: none
Cobblers: none


NTFC took on NTFC as the Cobblers travelled to Conference North side Nuneaton Town for their second pre-season friendly.


Rob Page once again named a separate side in each half with goalkeeper Adam Smith making his first appearance in pre-season after missing the game at Sileby as a precaution.


A number of academy players were also handed a run out by Page while ex-Cobblers players Kelvin Langmead, Sam Warburton and Dean Snedker all featured for Nuneaton, managed by former Sixfields boss Kevin Wilson.


A 30-yard drive from Aaron Phillips was tipped around the post by Zeus De la Pas in the Cobblers first sight at goal. Sam Hoskins fired just wide after a good solo run down the right while from a Nuneaton corner, Sam Warburton saw a shot blocked.


The home side took the lead just after the half hour mark, Shaq McDonald finishing from 8-yards after Colby Bishop capitalised on a loose ball in the Cobblers defence.


As the first half neared its conclusion, Marc Richards went close to scoring an equaliser, heading narrowly over the bar.


David Cornell saved from Joe Ironside at the start of the second half while for the Cobblers Joe Iaciofano had a shot blocked after a good run down the left by Raheem Hanley.

Ryan Cresswell headed over from a Lawson D’Ath corner and D’Ath forced a save from Dean Snedker as the Cobblers pushed hard for an equaliser.

A header from Rod McDonald came back off the post as another D’Ath corner threatened to prise an opening.

Nuneaton nearly doubled their lead when Jordan Keane connected with a corner but Josh McCammon was well placed to head off the line.

The Cobblers had pressed hard for an equaliser in the second half but Nuneaton saw the game out to edge it 1-0.


Unfortunately the game had to end prematurely on the 88th minute after Jak McCourt picked up a nasty looking injury after a clash in his own penalty area. He was back on his feet after lengthy treatment and we await an update on the injury. 


NUNEATON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets) 

SHOTS ON TARGET: 6 (4) 
SHOTS OFF TARGET: 4 (2) 
CORNERS: 6 (2)  
FOULS:7  (3)  
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: 1 (0) 


COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: 5 (2) 
SHOTS OFF TARGET: 9 (4)
CORNERS: 6 (2) 
FOULS: 5 (2) 
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: 0 (0) 



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