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Reaction to Sunday's game at Sixfields

14 March 2022

Northampton Town Women joint-managers Lou Barry and Josh Oldfield are confident that their side can get back to winning ways after their 1-1 draw with Loughborough Students at Sixfields on Sunday afternoon.

Leah Cudone opened the scoring in the first half with her 11th in nine in all competitions, but the visitors equalised after the break and held on to secure a point.

Assessing the game, Barry said: “We started well but dropped off towards the end of the first half.

“Loughborough only had a few shots throughout the game, but we began the second half slowly and they scored.

“We increased the tempo after that, but it was just one of those days.

“We created more than enough chances to win the game.”

838 fans attended the game, breaking the Cobblers’ attendance record set when they played Rotherham United at Sixfields in September.

Oldfield added: “We appreciate the club giving us the opportunity to play at Sixfields.

“It’s a lovely place when you win but it’s not so nice when you’ve not got the result or performance you wanted.

“It was a disappointing result, but we have to look at the bigger picture and the event as a whole.

“Hopefully the impact of playing here is as big as it was last time, and we can continue to do it in the future.”

The Cobblers sit in second place in the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League Premier Division following the draw.

They are level on points with new leaders Chesterfield, but have two games in hand on the Spireites.

Barry said: “We’re in a bit of bad form at the moment, but that’s natural and it’s never going to be as smooth as you want it to be.

“Thankfully other teams around us in the table have also dropped points.

“We need to get back on a winning run and we’ve got the ability to do that.”

The Cobblers have the opportunity to regain top spot when they travel to third-placed Mansfield Town on Sunday, before facing the Stags in the reverse fixture the following week.

Oldfield said: “We’ll do our best to prepare, work hard and think about what we’ve done well and what we haven’t done well today.

“It feels like a bit of momentum is slipping away, but we’ll do everything we can to make sure we get it back.

“We’ll press on to try to get more points towards our target, which is promotion.”

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