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FOOTBALL & EDUCATION PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT SQUAD START SEASON WITH WIN OVER WATFORD

A report on Wednesday's action

14 September 2022

Club News

FOOTBALL & EDUCATION PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT SQUAD START SEASON WITH WIN OVER WATFORD

A report on Wednesday's action

14 September 2022

Northampton Town Development began their Football and Education Programme season with a 4-1 win at home to Watford in the NFYL South Central Championship on Wednesday afternoon.

Bradley Cheshire, Jack Culwick, Elliot Balchin-Love and Jonny Harris scored the Cobblers’ opening day goals.

The hosts started the game on top and took an early lead when Balchin-Love beat the offside trap and unselfishly squared to Cheshire, who placed a low shot into the far bottom corner.

What followed was a scrappy period of half-chances at both ends with neither side really testing the opposing goalkeeper.

Watford then began to grow into the game around the quarter-of-an-hour mark when Tom Ladyman had to be alert to push away a low free-kick aiming for the bottom corner.

The visitors equalised less than a minute later when their lone striker was played in by a long ball and stabbed past the onrushing Cobblers goalkeeper.

He made a quick-fire double save as Watford continued to threaten midway through the opening period, clawing away a strike after a mazy dribble and tipping away a drive from the same player moments later.

Northampton came close to restoring their advantage against the run of play after half-an-hour, but Harris shot straight at the ’keeper from Balchin-Love’s through ball.

Brad Timlin replaced Ladyman in the Cobblers goal at half-time, and the substitute made a spectacular save just five minutes into the second period when he tipped a free-kick from the edge of the area onto the crossbar.

The ball dropped to Harris on the penalty spot soon after, and the hosts came inches away from regaining their lead as the forward’s placed effort was desperately cleared off the line by a Watford defender.

They were back in front moments later, though, when Culwick volleyed home from a deep corner.

And Northampton raced into an unassailable advantage with two goals in two minutes 20 minutes from time.

Balchin-Love tapped into the empty net after Cheshire’s shot across goal was saved, and Harris deservedly got himself on the scoresheet when he turned on the edge of the box and found the bottom corner.

Elsewhere, the Girls team began their new campaign with a 5-2 win away to Tottenham Hotspur thanks to first-half goals from Beth Artemiou and Alex Dicks and second-half strikes from Mia Richards, Keira Doig and Keeley Jackson.

Cobblers: Tom Ladyman, Noah Radbourne, Tyrun Primus, Zack Douglas, Nico Mountford-Hill, Jack Culwick, Elliot Balchin-Love, Romeo Ingham, Jonny Harris, James Owen, Bradley Cheshire
Substitutes: Brad Timlin, Johnny Carey, James Lewis, Jack Anderton-Gill


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