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A report on Wednesday's action

8 February 2023

The Northampton Town Football and Education Programme Elite squad secured a dramatic 5-4 win at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the National Football Youth League South Premier Division on Wednesday afternoon.

Romeo Ingman and James Owen scored twice each whilst Tyrun Primus netted the Cobblers’ other goal as they defeated their third-placed opponents.

The first half was scrappy, Spurs taking the first chance a quarter-of-an-hour in when a cutback was side-footed into the bottom corner.

The hosts equalised 10 minutes later, captain Primus racing onto Bradley Cheshire’s flick-on and smashing into the top corner.

Tottenham missed a great opportunity to restore their lead when an attacker cleared the crossbar from close range after Billy Panter pushed away a free-kick.

Instead Northampton turned the game on its head on the stroke of half-time, Ingman finishing Owen’s wide free-kick from the penalty spot.

The second half was end-to-end, with the game thrown wide open and momentum seeming to constantly shift between the sides.

Spurs equalised straight from the restart, but the Cobblers were back in front a few minutes later when Owen played a lovely through pass to Ingman, who rounded the ’keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net.

Cheshire missed the target from Primus’ cutback as the hosts came close to extending their advantage on the hour, and the miss proved costly as Tottenham had levelled the scoring and regained the lead within a few minutes.

The open nature of the contest meant Northampton were still in the match, and their effforts were rewarded going into the final 10 minutes when James Lewis won the ball in the Spurs half and drew a foul just inside the area, and Owen stepped up to convert the penalty.

There was still time for a final twist, as Owen cut inside and slotted past the ‘keeper to win the game for the Cobblers in added time.

Cobblers: Billy Panter, Zack Douglas, Archie O’Donnell, Johnny Carey, Nico Mountford, Jack Culwick, Elliot Balchin, Romeo Ingman, Bradley Cheshire, James Owen, Tyrun Primus
Substitutes: Harry Francis-Jones, James Lewis, Reece Lineham, Mmenim Ekop

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