Northampton Town 1 West Ham United under 21s 1 - the match report
Tuesday November 8th, 7.45pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Harry Beautyman 23
WEST HAM UNITED UNDER 21S 1
Djar Parfitt-Williams 39
West Ham United won 3-2 on penalties
Attendance: 762 (189 away fans)
Cobblers: David Cornell, Aaron Phillips, Zander Diamond (sub Rod McDonald 46), Lewin Nyatanga, David Buchanan (sub Raheem Hanley 46), John-Joe O’Toole, Joel Byrom, Alfie Potter, Harry Beautyman, Emmanuel Sonupe, Alex Revell (sub Joe Iaciofano 74)
Subs not used: Adam Smith, Marc Richards, Lawson D’Ath, Sam Hoskins
West Ham United: Raphael Spiegel, Djar Parfitt-Williams (sub Joe Powell 65), Declan Rice, Marcus Browne, Moses Makasi, Sam Westley (sub Vashon Neufville 78), Jehmal Hector-Ingram, Alex Pike, Dan Kemp, Tunji Akinola, Alfie Lewis
Subs not used: Conor Coventry, Noha Sylvestre, Sam Ford, Ben Johnson, Rihards Matrevics
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Cobblers: Rod McDonald (58)
West Ham: none
West Ham: none
The Cobblers concluded their Checkatrade Trophy involvement with a home game against West Ham United under 21s.
With both sides unable to qualify from the group, boss Rob Page made a number of changes to the side that started in the previous league fixture. Injury ruled out Jak McCourt while Kenji Gorre and Gabriel Zakuani were both away on international duty.
On a cold early November night at Sixfields and after a quiet opening to the game Harry Beautyman broke the deadlock midway through the first half, riffling a half-volley into the bottom corner from a Lewin Nyatanga knock back.
West Ham equalised on 39 minutes, Marcus Browne setting up Djar Parfitt-Williams following a pacey attack from the visitors. The goal lifted the Hammers but when presented with a chance Alex Pike couldn’t keep his shot down and the teams went in all-square at the break.
The attendance of 762 confirmed at half-time, was the lowest ever in the club’s history for a competitive fixture.
Raheem Hanley and Rod McDonald came on for the second half as the Cobblers made a double change, David Buchanan and Zander Diamond making way.
Emmanuel Sonupe had a shot blocked at close range and Beautyman headed wide as the home side started the second half on the attack.
David Cornell did well to deny Hector-Ingram before saving comfortably an Alfie Lewis shot from distance.
Only a goal line clearance prevented Sonupe from restoring the Cobblers lead on 69 minutes with Alfie Potter’s follow-up effort blocked.
Academy striker Joe Iaciofano came on to make his Cobblers debut as Rob Page made his third and final substitution, the locally born frontman replacing Alex Revell.
Joe Powell went close to winning it for the Hammers in stoppage time but the game ended 1-1 and a penalty shoot-out followed.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (5) 10
FOULS: (4) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
WEST HAM MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 6
CORNERS: (4) 6
FOULS: (5) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta