SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday April 13th, 3.00pm
PTS Academy Stadium
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Sam Foley 69
MANSFIELD TOWN 1
Mal Benning 12
Attendance: 5,905 (1,465 away supporters)
Cobblers: David Cornell, Shay Facey, Charlie Goode, Aaron Pierre, David Buchanan (sub George Cox 89), Jordan Turnbull, Sam Foley, Daniel Powell (sub Junior Morias 82), Scott Pollock (sub John-Joe O'Toole 90), Andy Williams, Sam Hoskins
Subs not used: Luke Coddington, Dean Bowditch, Joe Powell, Timi Elsnik
Mansfield: Conrad Logan, Mal Benning, Matt Preston, Krystian Pearce, Neal Bishop, Alex MacDonald, Willem Tomlinson (sub Jacob Mellis 56), Ryan Sweeney, Tyler Walker, Gethin Jones (sub Danny Rose 65), CJ Hamilton
Subs not used: Will Atkinson, Jordan Smith, Jorge Grant, Jason Law, Zayn Hakeem
Referee: Paul Marsden
Cobblers: Aaron Pierre (90, 9th of the season)
Mansfield: Matt Preston (51)
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.
Scott Pollock made his full debut as the Cobblers welcomed promotion chasing Mansfield Town to the PTS Academy Stadium. Shay Facey and Andy Williams also came in to the side with on-loan Brighton defender George Cox named on the bench having fully recovered from an ankle injury.
Aaron Pierre headed into the side netting from an early David Buchanan free-kick and a whipped in Sam Hoskins cross nearly resulted in a Ryan Sweeney own goal in a bright start from the Cobblers. It was Mansfield who took the lead with their first attack of the game though, Mal Benning’s in-swinging corner deceiving everybody.
Andy Williams combined well with Pollock but Conrad Logan was out quickly to gather as the Cobblers looked for a quick response to falling behind. The home side were enjoying the majority of possession but were a goal behind as the game reached half-time.
The second half continued in the same manner, with the Cobblers very much on the front foot.
With just over twenty minutes to go Northampton Town were back on level terms, Sam Foley timing his run well to head home a perfectly delivered corner from Pollock.
Junior Morias replaced Daniel Powell in the Cobblers first change before Stags substitute Danny Rose spurned a good chance, shooting over the bar under pressure from Pierre. George Cox came on for David Buchanan and sponsors man of the match Pollock made way for John-Joe O’Toole in stoppage time as the game ended 1-1.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 3
CORNERS: (6) 8
FOULS: (6) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
MANSFIELD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 2
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 5
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (6) 15
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
SCRATCH CARD GOAL TIMES: 11:24, 68:07