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EXCITING WIN FOR FOOTBALL & EDUCATION PROGRAMME NFYL SOUTH PREMIER DIVISION SQUAD

A report on Wednesday's action

4 May 2022

The Northampton Town Football and Education Programme NFYL South Premier Division squad won 5-3 at home to Cambridge United on Wednesday afternoon.

Patrick McGrath, Mac Coulson and Jonny Harris, as well as substitutes Bradley Cheshire and Johnny Carey scored the Cobblers’ goals.

The hosts created the first opportunity of the game 20 minutes in after a slow start, Freddie King hitting the base of the post from McGrath’s through ball.

Cambridge responded midway through the first half when a header forced Harry Francis-Jones into a diving save at the near post.

The Cobblers opened the scoring soon after, McGrath dispossessing a defender and firing home.

However, the visitors drew level a few minutes later when an effort from the edge of the area was curled into the bottom corner.

But Coulson restored his side’s lead in spectacular fashion before the break, looping over the goalkeeper from a lay-off.

A 20-yard free-kick hit the side-netting and Francis-Jones pushed away a shot across goal as Cambridge came close to equalising for a second time on the hour mark.

Harris extended the Cobblers’ advantage 10 minutes later when he side-footed home from Cheshire’s cutback.

The visitors pulled a goal back out of nothing not long after, a deflected cross sneaking in at the far post.

The end-to-end flow of the game continued with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when Cheshire volleyed into the top corner from long range to regain the Cobblers’ two-goal lead.

The action wasn’t over yet, though, the visitors reducing the gap to one goal with a fantastic strike from 40 yards before Carey added a fifth to secure three points for Fran Constancio’s side.

They take on Norwich City in their final home fixture of the season next week.

Cobblers: Harry Francis-Jones, Zack Douglas, Ethan Aldridge, Lorenco Soulollari, Jake Webster, Patrick McGrath, Jed Roberts, Mac Coulson, Elliot Turton, Freddie King, Jonny Harris
Substitutes: Alfie Leivars, Johnny Carey, Tyrun Primus, Bradley Cheshire, Alfie Doherty


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