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

A look back on the season so far

17 May 2020

Callum Morton scored the only goal as the Cobblers began February with a 1-0 win at a windswept Moss Rose, inflicting a first home defeat on Macclesfield since August.

A tough week followed with three single goal defeats.

Port Vale and league leaders Swindon Town both recorded 1-0 victories at the PTS before a very frustrating afternoon at Walsall where the Cobblers let a two goal lead slip.

On another very windy afternoon a first half brace from Callum Morton had the Cobblers in control but Walsall turned things around in the second half and Rory Holden snatched a late winner.

After a very busy run of games Keith Curle’s side had a rare free midweek which gave the team a chance to reset themselves before a home clash with fellow promotion contenders Exeter City.

An early goal from Vadaine Oliver and a Sam Hoskins penalty on 81 minutes clinched a vital three points but another frustrating 90 minutes was to follow at Cheltenham in midweek when despite taking the lead early through Ryan Watson the Robins won 2-1 with Luke Varney scoring the winner five minutes from time.

The month ended on a high though with a comprehensive 3-0 win at Grimsby. The game was only given the go ahead following two pitch inspections but another Callum Morton brace and another early goal this time from Charlie Goode sealed the win.

It was a terrific month for Morton and the on-loan West Brom striker was later named as the League 2 player of the month for his five goals.

In other news Football & Education programme graduate Ethan Johnston signed a pro contract while Ronnie Jepson was appointed development coach after David Kelly left the club by mutual consent.

Moving into March and it was Mansfield first up at the PTS and after Sam Hoskins early sending off and subsequent penalty award the Stags won 2-1, Harry Smith’s goal back in second half injury time proving mere consolation.

It was then on Friday 13 March that the EFL announced a shutdown of football due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

 


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