PAPA JOHN'S TROPHY
Tuesday October 5th, 7.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Dylan Connolly 71 pen
Emmanuel Osadebe 4
Attendance: 1,285 (124 away supporters)
Cobblers: Jonny Maxted, Michael Harriman, Fraser Horsfall (sub Max Dyche 68), Dominic Revan, Ali Koiki, Dylan Connolly, Scott Pollock (sub Shaun McWilliams 68), Jordan Flores, Mitch Pinnock, Kion Etete, Nicke Kabamba (sub Benny Ashley-Seal 68)
Subs not used: Liam Roberts, Danny Rose, Jack Sowerby, Paul Lewis
Walsall: Jack Rose, Manny Monthe, Brendan Kiernan, Emmanuel Osadebe, George Miller (sub Kieran Phillips 61), Alfie Bates (sub Jack Earing 64), Tom Leak, Sam Perry (sub Josh Labadie 76), Zak Mills, Rollin Menayese, Tyrese Shade
Subs not used: Hayden White, Stephen Ward, Mat Sadler, Tommy Jackson
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Cobblers: Fraser Horsfall (63), Jordan Flores (71), Benny Ashley-Seal (82), Shaun McWilliams (89)
Walsall: Manny Monthe (10), Zak Mills (22), Alfie Bates (35), Rollin Menayese (82)
Defender Dominic Revan, on-loan from Aston Villa, made his Northampton Town debut as boss Jon Brady made seven changes for the Papa John’s Trophy fixture against Walsall.
On a blustery night at Sixfields the Saddlers, managed by one-time Cobblers player Matt Taylor, scored an early goal, Emmanuel Osadebe slotting home after being played in by Brendan Kiernan.
Dylan Connolly had his appeal for a penalty turned down after a challenge by Alfie Bates saw the winger go down in the area before George Miller, under pressure from Revan, saw a shot saved by Jonny Maxted.
Mitch Pinnock curled a free-kick just over the bar, Jordan Flores had a shot blocked and Kion Etete headed wide as the Cobblers pressed in vain for an equaliser before half-time.
Connolly and Pinnock combined to set up a chance for Etete at the start of the second half but the on-loan Spurs striker was denied by a good save from Jack Rose. The Saddlers keeper was also tested by Pinnock and Flores saw an effort deflected behind before Brady made a triple change, bringing on Max Dyche, Shaun McWilliams and Benny Ashley-Seal.
The Cobblers were awarded a penalty when Etete was brought down by Manny Monthe and Dylan Connolly stepped up to score from the spot, sending Rose the wrong way. Tyrese Shade then had a chance to restore the visitors lead but failed to find the target after being played in on goal one-on-one with Maxted.
Etete was denied a late winner when Rose saved with his legs and as in the Cobblers first group game against Forest Green Rovers there was to be a penalty shoot-out to determine which side would pick up an additional point.
Mitch Pinnock – crossbar 0-0
Jack Earing – scored 0-1
Dylan Connolly – scored 1-1
Tyrese Shade – scored 1-2
Kion Etete – saved 1-2
Joss Labadie – scored 1-3
Jordan Flores – scored 2-3
Kieran Phillips – scored 2-4
Walsall win 4-2 on penalties
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 8
CORNERS: (1) 3
FOULS: (5) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
WALSALL MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 6
CORNERS: (2) 6
FOULS: (7) 16
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1