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AFC WIMBLEDON 0 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2

AFC Wimbledon 0 Northampton Town 2 - the match report

13 September 2022

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AFC WIMBLEDON 0 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2

AFC Wimbledon 0 Northampton Town 2 - the match report

13 September 2022

SKY BET LEAGUE 2      
Tuesday September 13th, 7.45pm
Cherry Red Records Stadium

AFC WIMBLEDON 0

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Jon Guthrie 27
Ryley Towler og 69

Attendance: 6,618 (607 Cobblers fans)

AFC Wimbledon: Nik Tzanev, Chris Gunter, Lee Brown (sub Jack Currie 79), Nathan Young-Coombes (sub Paul Osew 44), Harry Pell (sub George Marsh 79), Josh Davison (sub Kyle Hudlin 70), Ayoub Assal, Ethan Chislett (sub Quaine Bartley 70), Ryley Towler, Alex Pearce, Paris Maghoma
Subs not used: Will Jaaskelainen, Will Nightingale
 
Cobblers: Lee Burge, Sam Sherring, Tyler Magloire, Jon Guthrie, Ali Koiki, Shaun McWilliams (sub Louis Appere 18), Marc Leonard, Jack Sowerby, Sam Hoskins (sub Max Dyche 90), Mitch Pinnock (sub Ryan Haynes 90), Kieron Bowie (sub Harvey Lintott 77)
Subs not used: Jonny Maxted, Peter Abimbola, Liam Cross

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Booked:
AFC Wimbledon: Paris Maghoma (65), Ayoub Assal (84), Alex Pearce (90)
Cobblers: Jack Sowerby (43, 1st of the season), Jon Brady (46)

5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension       
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension

Sent off:
AFC Wimbledon: none      
Cobblers: none

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.

After a pause in football to mark the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Northampton Town resumed their Sky Bet League 2 campaign with a midweek trip to AFC Wimbledon.

Jon Brady made one change to his side with Jack Sowerby replacing Louis Appere who was among the substitutes as was the returning Jonny Maxted. Akin Odimayo, Danny Hylton, Aaron McGowan and Ben Fox were still absent, along with Josh Eppiah who was missing with food poisoning.

Following a pre-match silence in memory of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II and the playing of the National Anthem, the game got under way.

On a wet evening in the capital, the first opening of the game went the way of the Cobblers after five minutes. Mitch Pinnock intercepted a clearance from keeper Nik Tzanev but the Dons stopper recovered in time to save Pinnock’s curled effort.

Jon Brady was forced in to an early change with Louis Appere on to replace Shaun McWilliams before the first half had reached the midway point, while minutes later Lee Burge made a fine stop to push away a close range shot from Harry Pell.

Josh Davison then sent a flicked header wide of the far post as the home side enjoyed a good spell, while the open nature of the game continued as Sam Hoskins forced a low save from Tzanev at the other end.

The Cobblers were ahead after 27 minutes, Jon Guthrie heading home Mitch Pinnock’s free kick at the far post, the ball squeezing beyond the Wimbledon keeper and in to the net, possibly via a deflection off Alex Pearce.

Ayoub Assel sidefooted over the bar from the edge of the area for the home side with 36 minutes played, before referee Mr Breakspear produced a yellow card for Jack Sowerby for a foul as half time approached.

Wimbledon’s Nathan Young-Coombes was replaced by Paul Osew with a minute of the first half remaining, while in the three additional minutes at the end of the half, Burge pushed a low drive from Chris Gunter around the post to ensure the Cobblers held a narrow lead at the interval.

Jon Brady was cautioned in the opening exchanges of the second half for touching the ball mistakenly thinking it had gone out of play, while in the first Cobblers opportunity of the half, Sam Hoskins turned a Sam Sherring cross towards goal but Tzanev was behind his shot.

Hoskins curled another effort goalwards on 57 minutes but the Wimbledon keeper was again equal to the task, while Paris Maghoma was booked after 65 minutes for holding back Pinnock.

The Cobblers doubled the lead on 69 minutes, Ali Koiki’s cross was helped on by Sam Hoskins who flicked the ball towards goal and the ball entered the net via a deflection from Ryley Towler.

Wimbledon responded by making a double change with Kyle Hudlin and Quaine Bartley replacing Josh Davison and Ethan Chislett.

Lee Burge was behind a low drive from Assal with 74 played, before Harvey Lintott replaced Kieron Bowie. The changes continued and with eleven minutes to go the home side made another two substitutions, George Marsh and Jack Currie coming on for Harry Pell and Lee Brown.

Assal was booked for holding back Magloire, before four additional minutes were indicated by the fourth official’s board.

The Cobblers survived a goalmouth scramble in the first of those four minutes before former Cobblers loanee Alex Pearce was booked for holding Appere.

Max Dyche and Ryan Haynes replaced Sam Hoskins and Mitch Pinnock in the dying seconds before the final whistle blew to record a fine away win for the Cobblers.

AFC WIMBLEDON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 3
CORNERS: (6) 7       
FOULS: (7) 14       
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 7

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 2
CORNERS: (2) 5
FOULS: (6) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0


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