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2019/20: A REVIEW OF THE SEASON SO FAR - AUGUST

A look back at the season so far

17 March 2020

The Cobblers kicked off their Sky Bet League 2 campaign with a 1-0 home defeat to newly relegated Walsall.

James Clarke’s goal in the 13th minute proved decisive in a tight opening fixture and the Cobblers would in fact have to wait until league game 4 for their first three points.
 
Following the opening day defeat Keith Curle’s side picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at Port Vale with Ryan Watson’s equaliser coming on the stroke of half-time before a 2-1 home defeat to Macclesfield.
 
Jordan Turnbull’s goal on 72 minutes seemingly had the game heading for a draw until Theo Archibald stunned the PTS with a late winner for Macclesfield, who just 48 hours earlier had lost the services of manager Sol Campbell.
 
In between those two games the Cobblers came close to causing a Carabao Cup upset away at Championship side Swansea City.
 
Matt Warburton put the Cobblers in front at the Liberty Stadium but three goals in the last ten minutes, including a brace from Andre Ayew, turned the first round tie around.
 
The first league win of the season was an impressive one, coming at early League 2 pacesetters Swindon Town. There was a suspicion of off-side about Andy Williams winner at the County Ground but the goal, which came midway through the second half, was allowed to stand.
 
The Cobblers failed to build on that result however and in the next game suffered a 1-0 defeat at Colchester with former Town loanee Luke Norris scoring the game’s only goal from the penalty spot.
 
Despite an indifferent start to the campaign at least in terms of results if not performance, the Cobblers ended August with a terrific 3-1 home win over much fancied Plymouth Argyle.
 
Ryan Watson opened the scoring from the penalty spot but Argyle struck back almost immediately through Joe Riley before Andy Williams netted a brace to effectively settle the contest in a frantic first half.
 
Elsewhere in August the Cobblers beat Arsenal under 21s on penalties in the Leasing.com Trophy, Sam Hoskins cancelling out a goal from James Olayinka, who would later in the season join the club on loan.
 
Finally in player news goalkeeper Andrew Fisher followed Scott Wharton in joining the Cobblers on-loan from Blackburn Rovers while Junior Morias moved to St Mirren for an undisclosed fee.

 


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