Kaid Mohamed's first-half header earned Northampton Town victory over Mansfield Town at Sixfields on the opening day.

The Stags started well but it was the hosts' Lee Collins who hit the side-netting with the best early chance.

Mohamed then opened the scoring in the 26th minute, against the run of play, rising to meet Darren Carter's corner.

Northampton could have increased their lead as Carter went close twice and substitute Ivan Toney missed a clear-cut chance but the points were safe.

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

Post-match: Mansfield manager Cox

"We switched off from a restart that was it.

"I thought both teams were evenly matched but we switched off from the restart and have been done 1-0. I don't think there was much in it.

"We got a bit edgy second half, We got a bit anxious but I thought we played some decent stuff but our decision making needs to be better."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 16 Diamond Booked
  • 06 Collins
  • 17 Robertson
  • 02 Alfei
  • 04 Carter (Morris - 76' )
  • 23 Mohamed
  • 11 Hackett (Horwood - 79' )
  • 18 Ravenhill
  • 09 Richards
  • 10 O'Toole (Toney - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Horwood
  • 08 Morris
  • 12 Tozer
  • 19 D'Ath
  • 20 Moyo
  • 21 Archer
  • 24 Toney

Mansfield Town

  • 01 Studer
  • 04 Dempster Booked
  • 02 Sutton Booked
  • 06 Tafazolli
  • 21 Murray
  • 16 Heslop
  • 18 Beevers
  • 22 Taylor (Clements - 80' )
  • 07 Bell (Clucas - 54' )
  • 14 Palmer (Hearn - 55' )
  • 08 Fisher

Substitutes

  • 03 Riley
  • 10 Hearn
  • 11 Clucas
  • 12 McGuire
  • 19 Marsden
  • 28 Clements
  • 32 Bell
Ref: Andy Davies
Att: 5,202

Match Stats

Shots

11 14

On target

5 4

Corners

3 2

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 0.

90:00 +5:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 0.

90:00 +4:50

Attempt saved. Alex Fisher (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +4:09

Attempt blocked. Liam Hearn (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:11

Attempt saved. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

90:00 +1:23

Attempt blocked. Liam Hearn (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:26

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Lee Collins.

90:00 +0:03

Foul by Evan Horwood (Northampton Town).

90:00 +0:03

Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:19

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:19

Foul by Liam Hearn (Mansfield Town).

87:33

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:33

Foul by John Dempster (Mansfield Town).

85:36

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

85:36

Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:00

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:57

Foul by Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town).

83:12

Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

82:21 Booking

Booking John Dempster (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

82:16

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:16

Foul by John Dempster (Mansfield Town).

79:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Chris Clements replaces Rob Taylor.

78:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Evan Horwood replaces Chris Hackett.

77:47

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:47

Foul by Rob Taylor (Mansfield Town).

76:11

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ritchie Sutton.

75:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Darren Carter.

75:26

Attempt missed. Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

74:03

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

72:01

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:01

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

71:32

Attempt missed. Rob Taylor (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

70:20

Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

62:56

Attempt saved. Alex Fisher (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:19

Attempt saved. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

61:20

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sascha Studer.

60:46

Attempt saved. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

58:10

Daniel Alfei (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:10

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

57:24

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

57:24

Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

56:27

Attempt missed. Alex Fisher (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

54:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Liam Hearn replaces Ollie Palmer because of an injury.

53:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Samuel Clucas replaces Fergus Bell.

49:39

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

46:24

Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:19

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 0.

45:00 +4:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 0.

45:00 +3:56

Attempt missed. Rob Taylor (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00 +3:28

Attempt saved. Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +2:32

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

45:00 +2:32

Fergus Bell (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:51

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Gregor Robertson.

39:26

Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).

39:26

Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:46

Attempt blocked. Fergus Bell (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

32:27

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:27

Foul by Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town).

31:16

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

29:12

Attempt saved. Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

28:31

Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Northampton Town).

28:31

Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:53 Booking

Booking Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

27:44

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

27:44

Fergus Bell (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 0. Kaid Mohamed (Northampton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Darren Carter with a cross.

25:02

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ritchie Sutton.

24:16

Attempt blocked. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:48

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

18:48

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:14

Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town).

13:14

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:00

Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:57

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

12:01

Attempt missed. Alex Fisher (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

11:47

Attempt blocked. Fergus Bell (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

9:00

Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:56

Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

7:56

Attempt missed. Lee Collins (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

7:11 Booking

Booking Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

7:00

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:47

Foul by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town).

4:41

Attempt missed. Alex Fisher (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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