SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Tuesday February 22nd, 7.45pm
The Sands Venue Stadium
SCUNTHORPE UNITED 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 2,355 (number of Cobblers fans not confirmed)
Scunthorpe: Rory Watson, Ross Millen, Ryan Delaney, Emmanuel Onarise, Joe Nuttall, Jai Rowe, Lewis Thompson (sub Mason O'Malley 74), Harry Bunn (sub Haydon Hackney 79), Tyrese Sinclair (sub Sam Burns 87), Liam Feeney, Anthony Grant
Subs not used: Tom Collins, Rekeil Pyke, Jack Moore-Billam, Ethan Young
Cobblers: Liam Roberts, Aaron McGowan, Tyler Magloire, Fraser Horsfall, Jon Guthrie, Ali Koiki, Paul Lewis, Sam Hoskins, Mitch Pinnock, Danny Rose (sub Benny Ashley-Seal 74), Beryly Lubala (sub Josh Eppiah 74)
Subs not used: Jonny Maxted, Joseph Mills, Michael Harriman, Scott Pollock, Peter Abimbola
Referee: Darren Handley
Scunthorpe: Anthony Grant (59), Joe Nuttall (78)
Cobblers: Tyler Magloire (45, 2nd of the season), Jon Guthrie (46, 3rd), Ali Koiki (62, 5th), Sam Hoskins (82, 7th), Josh Eppiah (90, 1st)
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Danny Rose and Beryly Lubala came into the Cobblers side for the midweek trip to Scunthorpe, replacing the injured Louis Appere and Jack Sowerby. Jon Brady was still without the suspended Shaun McWilliams but Josh Eppiah was back on the bench after recovering from a calf injury.
After a bright opening the Cobblers were nearly caught on the break but Tyrese Sinclair, under pressure from Mitch Pinnock, shot straight at Liam Roberts. The game then became somewhat scrappy with the Iron spurning a chance to go in front when no one was able to turn home a fizzed ball across the six-yard box. Roberts then made a good save to keep out a header from Sinclair to ensure the first half ended goalless.
Ross Millen made an important block to deny Mitch Pinnock a clear strike on goal following a good run down the right from Sam Hoskins and Pinnock also saw a shot deflected behind as the game reached the hour-mark.
Benny Ashley-Seal and Josh Eppiah came on in a double change and almost immediately combined for the opening goal, the Leicester City loanee denied by a goal-line clearance after his shot beat Watson.
Hoskins saw a shot from a wide angle tipped on to the cross bar as the Cobblers pressed for a late winner with Paul Lewis then going close in stoppage time after Eppiah had an initial effort blocked. In the end though both sides had to settle for a point after nine minutes of stoppage time.
SCUNTHORPE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 1
CORNERS: (5) 7
FOULS: (5) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (1) 5
FOULS: (8) 18
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1