SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday September 2nd, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 6,570 (863 away fans)
Cobblers: Max Thompson, Akin Odimayo (sub Harvey Lintott 81), Sam Sherring, Jon Guthrie, Patrick Brough, Jack Sowerby (sub Manny Monthe 81), Marc Leonard, Sam Hoskins, Louis Appere (sub Tyreece Simpson 67), Mitch Pinnock (sub Max Dyche 90), Kieron Bowie (sub Shaun McWilliams 81)
Subs not used: Aaron McGowan, James Dadge
Wycombe: Max Stryjek, Josh Scowen, Chris Forino, Sam Vokes (sub Brandon Hanlan 53), Luke Leahy, Garath McCleary (sub Tjay De Barr 82), Richard Keogh (sub Harry Boyes 53), Joe Low, Freddie Potts, Killian Phillips (sub David Wheeler 53), Kane Vincent-Young
Subs not used: Kian Breckin, Laurie Shala, Jason McCarthy
Referee: Tom Reeves
Wycombe: Killian Phillips (29), Tjay De Barr (86)
Jon Brady named an unchanged team for the visit of Wycombe Wanderers. Aaron McGowan was back on the bench with Will Hondermarck unavailable for selection after picking up a knock. Joe Low, son of former Cobblers winger Josh Low, started for Wycombe.
Wycombe took an early lead from a Luke Leahy free kick, Richard Keogh adjudged to have gotten the final touch following a scramble in the area.
Mitch Pinnock found Patrick Brough at the back post but the defender volleyed wide in an almost instant response from the Cobblers while a clever corner routine from Marc Leonard presented Sam Hoskins with a shooting opportunity but his effort was well saved by Max Stryjek. Hoskins then had Stryjek on the stretch with a shot that just whistled wide.
Sam Sherring headed over from a corner and Louis Appere shot straight at Stryjek as the Cobblers continued to dominate the first half with Kieron Bowie and Hoskins also going close. Wycombe were posing a threat from set pieces however and Leahy curled a free kick narrowly wide.
Stryjek saved from Hoskins at the start of the second half before a triple change for Wycombe saw the introduction of David Wheeler, Harry Boyes and Brandon Hanlan.
Appere and Leonard both saw shots saved by Stryjek but with the Cobblers still trailing despite their dominance Jon Brady turned to Tyreece Simpson. Manny Monthe, Shaun McWilliams and Harvey Lintott then came on for the final ten minutes with Wycombe still frustrating the Cobblers,
Simpson headed wide as the fourth official signalled an additional eight minutes in which McWilliams made a vital challenge to deny Wanderers substitute Tjay De Barr. Brady threw Max Dyche on up front in a final throw of the dice but the Cobblers couldn’t get the equaliser their performance deserved and Wycombe claimed all three points.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (10) 11
CORNERS: (3) 5
FOULS: (5) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
WYCOMBE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 1
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 3
CORNERS: (1) 3
FOULS: (4) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 4