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NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3 FLEETWOOD TOWN 0

Northampton Town 3 Fleetwood Town 0 - the match report

9 December 2023

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NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3 FLEETWOOD TOWN 0

Northampton Town 3 Fleetwood Town 0 - the match report

9 December 2023

SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday December 9th, 3.00pm
Sixfields

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3
Mitch Pinnock 27, 90

Sam Hoskins 31 pen

FLEETWOOD TOWN 0

Attendance: 5,491 (97 away supporters)
 

Cobblers: Max Thompson, Akin Odimayo, Sam Sherring, Jon Guthrie (sub Jordan Willis 76), Patrick Brough, Jack Sowerby, Shaun McWilliams, Marc Leonard, Sam Hoskins, Kieron Bowie (sub Louis Appere 76), Mitch Pinnock
Subs not used: James Dadge, Tyreece Simpson, Will Hondermarck, Ryan Haynes, Manny Monthe

Fleetwood: Jay Lynch, Adam Montgomery, Brendan Wiredu (sub Callum Dolan 55), Bosun Lawal, Josh Vela, Danny Mayor (sub Kabongo Tshimanga 55), Ryan Broom, Jack Marriott (sub Jayden Stockley 55), Ben Heneghan (sub Carl Johnston 61), Harrison Holgate, Pheonix Patterson
Subs not used: Cian Hayes, Connor Teale, Stephen McMullan

Referee: Marc Edwards

Booked:
Cobblers: Kieron Bowie (49)
Fleetwood: Danny Mayor (23)

Sent off:
Cobblers: none
Fleetwood: none

Skipper Jon Guthrie started a league game for the first time since early October as he continued his return to full fitness against Fleetwood Town. Akin Odimayo, back from a one-match ban for accumulated bookings, also came into the side with Aaron McGowan missing out through injury.

On a blustery afternoon conditions were set to be tough for both sides but despite some considerable rainfall in the build-up to the game the groundstaff had done an excellent job on the Sixfields surface and, although the pitch was a little heavy, it was playable.

November’s Sky Bet League 1 player of the month Sam Hoskins drew an early save from Jay Lynch who reacted quickly to prevent Mitch Pinnock scoring on the follow-up. Max Thompson meanwhile made a good early save to deny Jack Marriott from close range.

Pinnock saw a shot from a tight angle well saved by Lynch and Hoskins fired into the side netting in a good spell from the Cobblers. Fleetwood were posing a threat though and it needed some good goalkeeping from Thompson to prevent Marriott tapping home a cross from Ryan Broom while referee Marc Edwards turned down the visitors appeals for a penalty when Odimayo challenged Brendan Wiredu

The Cobblers broke the deadlock on 27 minutes, Marc Leonard playing in Mitch Pinnock who beat Lynch with a good finish into the bottom corner.

Sam Hoskins then made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Shaun McWilliams was tripped by Danny Mayor.

Some good work from Kieron Bowie set up another chance for Hoskins before half-time but Lynch saved with his legs and Leonard fired over on the follow-up.

Bowie had a chance to make it 3-0 but his shot was blocked before Fleetwood manager Lee Johnson made a triple change. One of those substitutes, Jayden Stockley, drew a fine stop from Thompson while Hoskins shot just wide and Lynch denied McWilliams with another terrific save.

Jordan Willis and Louis Appere replaced Guthrie and Bowie in a double change from Jon Brady. Fleetwood were still pushing for a goal and Thompson had to be alert to tip over a backward header from Willis and the on-loan keeper also did well to keep out a deflected effort from Stockley.

As the game moved into stoppage time Pinnock sealed the win for the Cobblers with his second goal of the afternoon a terrific strike into the roof of the net. There was still time for Lynch to deny Hoskins his second with a fantastic save but the three points were already secure.

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (8) 13
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 8
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (5) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1

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


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