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A report from the opening game of the season

15 September 2021

The Northampton Town Football and Education Programme NFYL South Central Championship squad began their season with a 1-1 draw at home to Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday.

Lorenco Soullolari opened the scoring inside 10 minutes when he tapped in from Callum Law’s free kick.

Argyle equalised straight from kick off, Kacper Gorecki finishing in off the post.

The visitors threatened again five minutes later when Ryan Dawe ran in behind the Cobblers’ defence and drove wide.

Patrick McGrath’s shot from the edge of the area was tipped onto the bar by Plymouth goalkeeper Fynn Halls, before the winger missed a great opportunity to regain the hosts’ lead on the half-an-hour mark.

He showed quick feet to win a penalty which he stepped up to take, but he placed his spot kick wide.

Northampton goalscorer Soullolari made a good recovery tackle to keep the teams level going into the break.

Neither side created many opportunities in the second period, the best chances falling to Argyle. Isaac Driscoll had three attempts denied by Cobblers’ goalkeeper Brad Timlin in quick succession before Timlin held a shot from range midway through the half.

The hosts’ best opening came when Johnny Carey found Elliot Balchin-Love, whose through ball was struck wide by Jahdai Smith.

Driscoll ran through on goal for the visitors late on, but he hit the post before Timlin denied Jamie Geraghty’s follow up as the match ended level.

Tom Ash’s side host QPR in a fortnight.

Starting XI - Timlin, Bell (sub Smith, 74), Soullolari, Turton (sub Primus, 46), Leivers, Cove (sub Mountford-Hill, 19), Balchin-Love, Carey, Chesire, Law, McGrath (sub O’Donnell, 58). Sub not used - Francis-Jones (GK).

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