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Notts County 1-2 Northampton Town

Brendan Moloney
Northampton are third in League Two after Brendan Moloney's goal earned victory at Notts County

Goals from Rod McDonald and Brendan Moloney helped financially-troubled Northampton earn a narrow victory at Notts County in League Two.

The Cobblers have not been able to pay staff for three weeks and face an administration petition on Friday.

McDonald headed in Nicky Adams' cross for the opener, but Jon Stead slotted in to level the scores after the break.

Moloney then fired home from the edge of the box to seal the three points and keep Northampton third in the table.

Chris Wilder's team are unbeaten in six games in all competitions, but the result was overshadowed by Thursday's news that a proposed takeover by former Oxford chairman Kelvin Thomas is in doubt.

Former Cobblers chairman Barry Stonhill has since said that he is part of another group in talks to buy the club, who owe £10.25m in loan repayment to Northampton Borough Council, and a further £166,000 in unpaid taxes to HM Revenue & Customs.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Northampton manager's passionate plea

"There's a deal to be done at this club that can make this club challenge in League One.

"I know the deal. It's got to be done. I've had an enquiry about (striker) Marc Richards from another club - he didn't want to go.

"There have been enquiries about me, too. But I know what we can do at this club. This is not a rescue deal, it's more."

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Carroll
  • 18Hewitt
  • 35Edwards
  • 44Sheehan
  • 31Audel
  • 28Swerts
  • 11SnijdersSubstituted forSpencerat 80'minutes
  • 15ThompsonSubstituted forMurrayat 45'minutes
  • 16Noble
  • 26BurkeBooked at 35minsSubstituted forCampbellat 80'minutes
  • 30Stead

Substitutes

  • 2Amevor
  • 4Smith
  • 9Spencer
  • 10Murray
  • 13Loach
  • 24Campbell
  • 32Sprockel

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 18McDonald
  • 16Buchanan
  • 8Byrom
  • 21O'Toole
  • 7D'AthSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 55'minutes
  • 15Potter
  • 10AdamsBooked at 83minsSubstituted forWatsonat 87'minutes
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forTaylorat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 6Cresswell
  • 12Lelan
  • 19Watson
  • 20Calvert-Lewin
  • 22Hackett
  • 26Clarke
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
5,513

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 1, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 1, Northampton Town 2.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Stead (Notts County).

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Attempt blocked. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Liam Noble (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ryan Watson replaces Nicky Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Marc Richards.

Booking

Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. James Spencer replaces Genaro Snijders.

Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Adam Campbell replaces Graham Burke.

Foul by Graham Burke (Notts County).

Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Sheehan (Notts County).

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

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 1, Northampton Town 2. Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Jon Stead (Notts County).

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt missed. Alfie Potter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Ronan Murray (Notts County).

Joel Byrom (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left.

Hand ball by David Buchanan (Northampton Town).

Elliott Hewitt (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Jon Stead (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Lawson D'Ath.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 1, Northampton Town 1. Jon Stead (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Liam Noble (Notts County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Graham Burke (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth18122428141438
2Oxford Utd18106229151436
3Northampton1810442922734
4Accrington189542921832
5Portsmouth187922516930
6Mansfield1885525151029
7Leyton Orient188553025529
8Wimbledon187652524127
9Carlisle187653132-127
10Luton187562921826
11Wycombe167542114726
12Bristol Rovers178272220226
13Exeter187562526-126
14Crawley187472327-425
15Morecambe177373129224
16Notts County176472225-322
17Barnet186392328-521
18Cambridge185582328-520
19Hartlepool1862101928-920
20Stevenage183782132-1116
21Newport183691728-1115
22York1826102131-1012
23Yeovil1825111931-1211
24Dag & Red1716101732-159
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