SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday September 23rd, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Louis Appere 90
Callum Styles 4
Devante Cole 88
Attendance: 7,522 (1,391 away supporters)
Cobblers: Lee Burge, Akin Odimayo (sub Manny Monthe 83), Sam Sherring, Jon Guthrie, Patrick Brough, Marc Leonard, Shaun McWilliams (sub Louis Appere 76), Mitch Pinnock, Sam Hoskins, Kieron Bowie, Tyreece Simpson (sub Ben Fox 68)
Subs not used: Max Thompson, Peter Abimbola, Ryan Haynes, Harvey Lintott
Barnsley: Liam Roberts, Jordan Williams, Kacper Lopata, Herbie Kane, Sam Cosgrove (sub Max Watters 63), Callum Styles, Corey O’Keeffe (sub Barry Cotter 68), Jamie McCart, Owen Dodgson (sub Nicky Cadden 89), Adam Phillips (sub Jon Russell 63), Devante Cole (sub John McAtee 89)
Subs not used: Ben Killip, Jack Shepherd
Referee: Alan Young
Barnsley: Adam Phillips (13), Corey O'Keeffe (50), Kacper Lopata (59), Jamie McCart (82)
Shaun McWilliams came in for Jack Sowerby and Tyreece Simpson replaced Louis Appere for the visit of Barnsley. Sowerby missed out after picking up a knock the previous week while Aaron McGowan was unavailable for selection due to personal reasons. Jon Brady did however have Ryan Haynes back on the bench.
Last season’s losing play-off finalists Barnsley struck early on, Callum Styles with a fine first time volley to beat Lee Burge inside the opening five minutes.
Skipper Jon Guthrie, making his 100th appearance for the club, saw a bullet header saved by former Cobbler Liam Roberts in a good response from the home side. Roberts was called upon again to turn behind a 25-yard volley from Mitch Pinnock just before the half-hour mark but it was Barnsley who led at the break.
Ben Fox came on midway through the second half, replacing Tyreece Simpson. Louis Appere then came on for McWilliams before Lee Burge made a terrific save to tip a header from Devante Cole onto the crossbar.
Manny Monthe came on for Akin Odimayo in Brady’s third change but with 88 minutes on the clock the prolific Devante Cole scored on the break to double Barnsley’s lead.
Louis Appere pulled a goal back for the Cobblers deep into injury time but with very little time left Barnsley held on to claim the three points.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 4
CORNERS: (7) 10
FOULS: (5) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2
BARNSLEY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 1
CORNERS: (0) 2
FOULS: (5) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3