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Northampton Town 3-2 Bury

High-flying Northampton made it back-to-back wins after surviving a late Bury fightback.

A brace from Marc Richards and another from Matt Taylor saw the hosts seemingly cruising at 3-0 up with 16 minutes to go, but they were made to sweat in the end as goals from George Miller and Zeli Ismail set up a grandstand finish.

Both sides had early chances, Sam Hoskins denied by Ben Williams and Marc Richards heading over for the Cobblers while Tom Walker fired over for the visitors.

Neil Danns also saw his effort saved by Adam Smith before Danny Mayor shot wide from the edge of the box as Bury pushed for the opener.

Chances continued to fall at both ends and in between efforts from the lively Hoskins and Paul Anderson for Northampton, Bury defender Antony Kay should have done better with a close-range header which he could not keep on target.

The deadlock was broken in the 36th minute when Taylor's free-kick was fired into the bottom corner of the net by Richards.

It was almost 2-0 before the break when Hoskins raced through but he was denied by Williams, who also thwarted JJ Hooper.

After the restart Taylor was just off target from a free-kick and Hoskins fired over before again denied by Williams as Town looked to build on their lead.

That second goal arrived in the 64th minute, when Hoskins earned a penalty which Richards converted for his second goal of the afternoon.

Hooper fired wide before the Cobblers made it 3-0 in the 71st minute with another trademark Taylor free-kick, the midfielder finding the top corner of the net.

That goal looked to have killed off Bury, but they reduced the arrears in the 74th minute when Miller headed home after being set up by Danns following a free-kick.

The visitors then pulled another goal back in the 82nd minute when Ismail netted from the edge of the box.

Bury pushed for an equaliser and they almost got it in stoppage time when Kay saw his shot saved by Smith.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 6Zakuani
  • 3Buchanan
  • 12McCourtSubstituted forO'Tooleat 86'minutes
  • 31Taylor
  • 4AndersonSubstituted forPotterat 81'minutes
  • 14Hoskins
  • 30Hooper
  • 9RichardsBooked at 30minsSubstituted forNyatangaat 90+7'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Gorré
  • 15Potter
  • 16Beautyman
  • 18Phillips
  • 21O'Toole
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 26Cornell

Bury

  • 1Williams
  • 22Maher
  • 23WalkerSubstituted forIsmailat 45'minutesBooked at 47mins
  • 6KayBooked at 48mins
  • 3LeighBooked at 35mins
  • 8TutteSubstituted forHopeat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19SoaresSubstituted forMillerat 54'minutes
  • 10MayorBooked at 70mins
  • 18Mellis
  • 16DannsBooked at 90mins
  • 12Vaughan

Substitutes

  • 4Etuhu
  • 7Ismail
  • 20Burgess
  • 21Rachubka
  • 24Hope
  • 28Miller
  • 30Bedeau
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
5,739

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBury
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 3, Bury 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 3, Bury 2.

Hand ball by Neil Danns (Bury).

Booking

Hallam Hope (Bury) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Hallam Hope (Bury).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Lewin Nyatanga replaces Marc Richards.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Booking

Neil Danns (Bury) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Neil Danns (Bury).

Attempt saved. Antony Kay (Bury) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

George Miller (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Antony Kay (Bury).

Attempt blocked. Danny Mayor (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jacob Mellis (Bury) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. John-Joe O'Toole replaces Jak McCourt.

Attempt missed. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 3, Bury 2. Zeli Ismail (Bury) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hallam Hope with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alfie Potter replaces Paul Anderson.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by George Miller.

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hallam Hope (Bury).

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 3, Bury 1. George Miller (Bury) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Neil Danns.

Foul by Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town).

Hallam Hope (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. JJ Hooper (Northampton Town) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Niall Maher (Bury).

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 3, Bury 0. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

Danny Mayor (Bury) is shown the yellow card.

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Mayor (Bury).

Attempt missed. JJ Hooper (Northampton Town) header from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, Bury 0. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins draws a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

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1Scunthorpe16104236162034
2Bolton169432011931
3Bradford167812214829
4Sheff Utd158432618828
5Northampton166642723424
6Rochdale167361918124
7Peterborough166552619723
8Bristol Rovers156542422223
9Wimbledon166552321223
10Fleetwood156452219322
11Port Vale166462024-422
12Walsall155642021-121
13Millwall156362527-221
14Charlton154831814420
15Bury166282425-120
16Southend165561825-720
17Oxford Utd165471820-219
18Gillingham164572229-717
19Coventry153751317-416
20MK Dons164482025-516
21Swindon164481623-716
22Oldham16367918-915
23Chesterfield153391622-612
24Shrewsbury162591629-1311
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