SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday February 16th, 3.00pm
PTS Academy Stadium
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
CRAWLEY TOWN 0
Attendance: 4,581 (123 away fans)
Cobblers: David Cornell, Shaun McWilliams, Charlie Goode, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole, Joe Powell (sub Andy Williams 84), Timi Elsnik (sub Morgan Roberts 72), Jack Bridge, Sam Hoskins (sub Junior Morias 90)
Subs not used: Luke Coddington, Daniel Powell, Dean Bowditch, Jay Williams
Crawley: Glenn Morris, Lewis Young, Joe McNerney, Ollie Palmer, Dominic Poleon, George Francomb, Tom Dallison, David Sesay, Dannie Bulman, Filipe Morais (sub Josh Payne 69), Panutche Camara
Subs not used: Yusuf Mersin, Ashley Nathaniel George, Joe Maguire, Matty Willock, Bondz N’Gala
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley
Cobblers: Timi Elsnik (55, 4th of the season), Joe Powell (66, 1st), Sam Hoskins (88, 5th)
Crawley: Panutche Camara (85)
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension
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.
Injuries to Shay Facey and Jordan Turnbull meant two enforced changes for the Cobblers as they welcomed Crawley Town to the PTS Academy Stadium. Loanees Timi Elsnik and Joe Powell came into the side with Sam Foley and Marvin Sordell still sidelined. Before the game there was a period of applause to remember England World Cup winner Gordan Banks.
Sam Hoskins saw an early shot from an acute angle deflected behind while Crawley’s Dominic Poleon blasted an effort over the bar. A goal line clearance from David Buchanan prevented Joe McNerney heading the visitors in front with David Cornell making the save on the follow-up. John-Joe O’Toole then had a chance to open the scoring but was unable to convert Jack Bridge’s cross from close range.
The Cobblers were pressing for the opening goal and O’Toole had a shot blocked in a period of pressure from the home side just after the half hour mark. Elsnik couldn’t keep his shot down from just outside the six-yard box while Powell drew a save from Glenn Morris as the first half ended goalless.
Ash Taylor headed wide from a corner early in the second half with Cornell alert at the other end to deny Crawley’s leading goalscorer Ollie Palmer. Morris then made a fine save to turn behind a fierce volley from O’Toole.
Morgan Roberts came on in the Cobblers first change, replacing Elsnik with just under twenty minutes still to play. The game was very much in the balance and it needed an important block from Taylor to divert a goal bound shot from Palmer.
Joe Powell had some supporters celebrating when his terrific curled free-kick from 30-yards looked to have given the Cobblers the lead but alas it was only the side netting that rippled. That was the last action of the afternoon for the West Ham United midfielder who then made way for Andy Williams. Junior Morias came on in the final Cobblers change, replacing Sam Hoskins.
Dominic Poleon made a good forward run as the game entered stoppage time but Cornell was there to make a save. Roberts then headed wide at the other end with neither side quite able to force a winner.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 9
CORNERS: (4) 6
FOULS: (5) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
CRAWLEY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 1
CORNERS: (3) 5
FOULS: (5) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3
SCRATCH CARD GOAL TIMES: NO GLS