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Northampton   2 - 1   Cheltenham

Northampton 2-1 Cheltenham

Northampton 2-1 Cheltenham

Seb Harris climbed off the bench to score his first Northampton goal and earn them a narrow win over Cheltenham.

A sluggish first half on a heavy pitch yielded only one chance of note, Cheltenham keeper Scott Brown superbly denying John Johnson's header.

The hosts broke through when Adebayor Akinfenwa converted Liam Davis's cross, only for Marley Watkins to level from David Hutton's centre.

But Harris had the final say when he headed home Alex Dyer's cross.


Northampton Town manager Ian Sampson told BBC Radio Northampton:

"I think it was a really good win. It was important we followed up the Hereford win with another one.

"I thought the lads dominated the game. There weren't too many shots on our keeper.

"It would've been a travesty if we hadn't come away with three points."

Cheltenham town Manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We probably deserved a point but we switched off and didn't defend a corner properly, so we go home without any points".

"The second half was much better, but in the first half we didn't do the right things and never really threatened. And if you don't start well it sometimes can catch up with you - and it did."


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Saturday, 27 February 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Northampton 2-1 Cheltenham FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Akinfenwa 52
  • Harris 85
  • Watkins 78

Northampton

  • 26 Steele
  • 02 Rodgers (Herbert 87)
  • 03 Johnson
  • 05 Hinton
  • 06 Beckwith
  • 19 Curtis
  • 23 Gilbert
  • 08 Osman
  • 14 Davis (Dyer 77)
  • 10 Akinfenwa (Harris 64)
  • 17 Mckay

Substitutes

  • 13 Walker,
  • 15 Dyer,
  • 21 Jacobs,
  • 22 Herbert,
  • 16 Mulligan,
  • 24 Harris,
  • 28 O'Flynn

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown
  • 03 Ridley (Watkins 63 yellow card)
  • 08 Gallinagh
  • 16 Eastham yellow card
  • 27 Andrew
  • 02 Bird
  • 07 Pook
  • 10 Hutton
  • 17 Low yellow card
  • 09 Richards (Alsop 46)
  • 11 Hammond (Hayles 46)

Substitutes

  • 21 Puddy,
  • 04 Duff,
  • 12 Haynes,
  • 14 Watkins,
  • 22 Lewis,
  • 38 Hayles,
  • 39 Alsop
Ref: KettleAtt: 4,428
NORTHAMPTON
CHELTENHAM

Possession

  • Northampton 31%
  • Cheltenham 69%

Attempts on target

  • Northampton 8
  • Cheltenham 2

Attempts off target

  • Northampton 6
  • Cheltenham 4

Corners

  • Northampton 12
  • Cheltenham 5

Fouls

  • Northampton 6
  • Cheltenham 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:13 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+3:44 The ball is crossed by Marley Watkins, David Hutton takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
  • 90:00+2:07 Courtney Herbert produces a cross, Joshua Low manages to make a clearance.
  • 89:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Beckwith by Barry Hayles. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:12 David Bird takes the inswinging corner, Michael Pook gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdul Osman. John Curtis makes a clearance. Free kick taken by John Curtis. Corner taken by Dean Beckwith from the left by-line to the near post, Michael Pook manages to make a clearance.
  • 86:12 Substitution Courtney Herbert on for Paul Rodgers.
  • 84:51 Alex Dyer provided the assist for the goal. Ashley Eastham makes a clearance.
  • 84:51 GOAL - Seb HarrisNorthampton 2 - 1 Cheltenham Seb Harris grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Northampton 2-1 Cheltenham.
  • 83:59 Inswinging corner taken by Peter Gilbert, clearance by Julian Alsop. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alex Dyer played to the near post,
  • Correction - 83:21 Barry Hayles concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Beckwith. Free kick taken by Craig Hinton.
  • 83:21 Barry Hayles challenges Dean Beckwith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Hinton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 78:15 Booking The referee shows Marley Watkins a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 77:31 The assist for the goal came from David Hutton.
  • 77:31 GOAL - Marley WatkinsNorthampton 1 - 1 Cheltenham Marley Watkins fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 1-1 Cheltenham.
  • 77:31 David Hutton crosses the ball,
  • 76:02 Substitution Alex Dyer comes on in place of Liam Davis.
  • 74:24 John Johnson produces a cross.
  • 72:12 Dean Beckwith concedes a free kick for a foul on Julian Alsop. Direct free kick taken by Michael Pook.
  • 71:24 The ball is swung over by Joshua Low, Danny Andrew manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:41 Corner taken by Liam Davis played to the near post, Julian Alsop makes a clearance.
  • 68:49 Julian Alsop concedes a free kick for a foul on John Curtis. Direct free kick taken by Jason Steele.
  • 68:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Bird by Abdul Osman. Scott P Brown restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:32 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Rodgers from the left by-line, clearance made by Julian Alsop.
  • 67:22 The ball is crossed by Joshua Low, Craig Hinton makes a clearance.
  • 65:30 Peter Gilbert fouled by Michael Pook, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Beckwith.
  • 62:28 Substitution Seb Harris on for Adebayo Akinfenwa.
  • 62:28 Substitution Marley Watkins joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lee Ridley.
  • 62:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Hayles on Jason Steele. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
  • 61:18 Billy Mckay takes a shot. Save by Scott P Brown.
  • 59:08 Billy Mckay produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 58:23 Strike from close range by David Hutton clears the bar.
  • 58:03 Centre by David Bird, Dean Beckwith makes a clearance.
  • 57:24 The ball is sent over by Michael Pook, John Johnson makes a clearance. David Bird takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Craig Hinton manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:27 Adebayo Akinfenwa produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 53:10 Foul by Joshua Low on Peter Gilbert, free kick awarded. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
  • 51:35 John Curtis provided the assist for the goal.
  • 51:35 GOAL - Adebayo AkinfenwaNorthampton 1 - 0 Cheltenham Adebayo Akinfenwa grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Northampton 1-0 Cheltenham.
  • 50:24 Corner taken by Liam Davis, Scott P Brown manages to make a clearance. Corner taken short by John Curtis.
  • 50:10 Paul Rodgers delivers the ball, David Bird manages to make a clearance.
  • 49:10 Julian Alsop concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Gilbert. Dean Beckwith takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 47:27 David Bird manages to make a clearance. Danny Andrew manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:27 David Bird manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:27 Booking Ashley Eastham goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 47:05 The ball is sent over by Paul Rodgers, Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Davis,
  • 47:05 A cross is delivered by Paul Rodgers, Corner taken by Liam Davis from the left by-line,
  • 45:28 Centre by John Johnson.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Barry Hayles joins the action as a substitute, replacing Elvis Hammond.
  • 45:01 Substitution Julian Alsop replaces Justin Richards.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:01 The first half comes to an end.
  • 44:14 Michael Pook concedes a free kick for a foul on Abdul Osman. Peter Gilbert takes the indirect free kick.
  • 43:30 The referee blows for offside against Adebayo Akinfenwa. Ashley Eastham restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:47 The ball is swung over by Peter Gilbert. Adebayo Akinfenwa is penalised for a handball. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.
  • 42:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joshua Low on Peter Gilbert. Dean Beckwith takes the indirect free kick.
  • 39:59 Ashley Eastham challenges Adebayo Akinfenwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Billy Mckay from the free kick.
  • 39:42 John Johnson delivers the ball, David Bird manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:33 The ball is sent over by Paul Rodgers, clearance made by Lee Ridley.
  • 39:04 Adebayo Akinfenwa takes a shot. Joshua Low gets a block in.
  • 38:37 Justin Richards is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Hinton.
  • 38:19 Unfair challenge on Paul Rodgers by Danny Andrew results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Johnson.
  • 37:43 Elvis Hammond is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
  • 36:37 Liam Davis takes a shot. Save made by Scott P Brown.
  • 36:19 Liam Davis takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Gallinagh.
  • 34:48 The referee blows for offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:00 The ball is delivered by David Bird, John Curtis makes a clearance.
  • 32:51 Peter Gilbert challenges Elvis Hammond unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Bird crosses the ball in from the free kick, Dean Beckwith manages to make a clearance.
  • 32:08 Joshua Low produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Justin Richards goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 31:14 The referee blows for offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:32 Effort from the edge of the area by Paul Rodgers goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 28:00 David Bird has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
  • 26:12 Corner taken by Liam Davis from the left by-line.
  • 26:00 The ball is crossed by Billy Mckay, Michael Pook gets a block in.
  • 23:02 Corner taken by Liam Davis from the left by-line, John Johnson takes a shot. Save by Scott P Brown.
  • 22:20 Unfair challenge on Billy Mckay by Michael Pook results in a free kick. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:12 The ball is swung over by David Bird, Craig Hinton manages to make a clearance.
  • 21:51 A cross is delivered by Joshua Low, clearance by Dean Beckwith.
  • 19:35 Inswinging corner taken by Liam Davis from the right by-line, Lee Ridley makes a clearance.
  • 19:26 Paul Rodgers sends in a cross, David Bird gets a block in.
  • 19:10 Centre by Dean Beckwith, Ashley Eastham manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:01 Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Gallinagh. Indirect free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
  • 17:35 The referee gives a free kick against Joshua Low for handball. Dean Beckwith takes the indirect free kick.
  • 15:02 Foul by Dean Beckwith on Elvis Hammond, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Lee Ridley, Elvis Hammond takes a shot. Short corner worked by David Bird. David Bird takes a inswinging corner to the near post. Craig Hinton gets a block in. Corner taken by David Bird.
  • 14:18 Abdul Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hutton. Indirect free kick taken by Ashley Eastham.
  • 13:45 Centre by Adebayo Akinfenwa, Billy Mckay takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Gallinagh.
  • 11:56 Shot by Billy Mckay from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 10:05 Joshua Low gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdul Osman. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
  • 10:05 Booking Joshua Low receives a caution.
  • 9:02 A cross is delivered by Liam Davis, Scott P Brown makes a save.
  • 8:02 Michael Pook gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Davis. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Peter Gilbert from left wing, Scott P Brown makes a save.
  • 5:52 Paul Rodgers delivers the ball, clearance made by Michael Pook.
  • 5:13 Handball by David Hutton. Craig Hinton takes the free kick.
  • 4:43 Shot from just outside the box by Adebayo Akinfenwa misses to the right of the goal.
  • 3:01 The ball is crossed by Liam Davis, clearance made by Ashley Eastham.
  • 2:14 John Curtis crosses the ball.
  • 1:34 Corner taken left-footed by Liam Davis, Justin Richards manages to make a clearance.
  • 1:24 The ball is delivered by Billy Mckay, Andy Gallinagh gets a block in.
  • 0:50 Elvis Hammond takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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League Two table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rochdale 32 35 65
2 Bournemouth 34 7 60
3 Bury 33 5 59
4 Chesterfield 33 8 57
5 Rotherham 31 13 56
6 Shrewsbury 34 10 55
7 Notts County 29 36 51
8 Northampton 34 5 49
9 Dag & Red 32 4 49
10 Aldershot 32 8 48
11 Morecambe 33 6 48
12 Accrington 30 1 46
13 Burton Albion 33 0 46
14 Port Vale 32 5 43
15 Crewe 33 -2 42
16 Bradford 31 -5 40
17 Barnet 33 -9 37
18 Hereford 32 -14 35
19 Lincoln City 33 -20 34
20 Torquay 33 -5 32
21 Macclesfield 31 -10 32
22 Cheltenham 32 -14 31
23 Grimsby 33 -24 24
24 Darlington 29 -40 15

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