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CAMBRIDGE UNITED 3 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1

Cambridge United 3 Northampton Town 1 - the match report

16 November 2021

EMIRATES FA CUP FIRST ROUND REPLAY
Tuesday November 16th, 7.45pm
Abbey Stadium

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 3
Harvey Knibbs 13
Sam Smith 40
Ben Worman 48

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Danny Rose 75

Attendance: 3,068 (including 691 Cobblers supporters)

Cambridge: Dimitar Mitov, George Williams, Jack Iredale, Paul Digby, Joe Ironside, Sam Smith (sub James Brophy 73), Harrison Dunk, Jubril Okedina, Adam May, Harvey Knibbs (sub Jack Lankester 88), Ben Worman (sub Jenson Weir 73)
Subs not used: Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Leon Davies, Conor Masterson, Liam Bennett

Cobblers: Liam Roberts, Michael Harriman (sub Aaron McGoan 42), Fraser Horsfall, Jon Guthrie, Ali Koiki, Shaun McWilliams, Paul Lewis, Sam Hoskins (sub Nicke Kabamba 67), Dylan Connolly (sub Mitch Pinnock 67), Kion Etete, Danny Rose
Subs not used: Jonny Maxted, Max Dyche, Scott Pollock, Jordan Flores, Benny Ashley-Seal 

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Booked:
Cambridge: none
Cobblers: Shaun McWilliams (82)

Sent off:
Cambridge: none
Cobblers: none

Michael Harriman, Dylan Connolly and Danny Rose came into the Northampton Town side for the Emirates FA Cup first round replay away at Cambridge United. Jordan Flores and Mitch Pinnock dropped to the bench while Dominic Revan missed out through injury.

Kion Etete fired wide early on and the on-loan Spurs striker also had the ball in the back of the net only for the referee to point for a free-kick to Cambridge.

The Cobblers had started brightly but Cambridge took the lead against the run of play, Harvey Knibbs scoring from close range after Joe Ironside headed back across goal.

Liam Roberts made a superb save to deny Adam May but in a half where the Cobblers had seen a lot of the ball, Sam Smith doubled the home side’s lead, tapping in after his initial header had been saved.

Brady was forced into making a change before the break with Aaron McGowan replacing Harriman who had picked up a knock. Paul Lewis then did come close to pulling a goal back but his low shot was turned behind by Dimitar Mitov.

The half-time scoreline of 2-0 was harsh on the Cobblers and things got worse when Cambridge increased their lead early in the second half, Ben Worman firing a shot in off the post.

Danny Rose headed wide from a Sam Hoskins free-kick while Roberts made another fine stop to tip a shot from Knibbs on to the bar.

Nicke Kabamba and Mitch Pinnock came on in a double change midway through the second half and the Cobblers pulled a goal back when Danny Rose headed home a pin-point cross from McGowan.

The Cobblers continued to battle hard in the remaining time but Rose’s goal in the end proved to be only a consolation as Cambridge booked their place in the second round.

CAMBRIDGE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 1
CORNERS: (1) 13
FOULS: (5) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 8
CORNERS: (4) 5
FOULS: (5) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1


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