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Cambridge United 2-1 Northampton Town

By Chris OsborneBBC Sport at the Abbey Stadium
Adam Cunnington
Adam Cunnington scored for Cambridge after being recalled from a loan spell at Bristol Rovers

Ryan Bird struck late on as Cambridge United came from a goal down to beat Northampton Town in League Two.

Marc Richards put an early header wide for the visitors, before Robbie Simpson was denied by a Jordan Archer save.

Ivan Toney headed the Cobblers in front from Chris Hackett's cross, only for Adam Cunnington to nod in Liam Hughes's corner moments later.

Ex-Northampton keeper Chris Dunn denied Gregor Robertson before Bird swept in Kwesi Appiah's cross for the winner.

Cambridge had to survive a goalmouth scramble at the death, but the win, which moves Richard Money's side up to eighth, was their first home league victory over the Cobblers for 42 years and it came in front of a bumper crowd of 5,644 at the Abbey Stadium.

Chris Wilder's Northampton had started the night level on points with the hosts but have now won just one of their last eight games and remain 15th, with the rest of the division still to play this weekend.

Line-ups

Cambridge

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Dunn
  • 17HughesBooked at 81mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Coulson
  • 2Tait
  • 8Champion
  • 33NaylorSubstituted forTaylorat 74'minutes
  • 7DonaldsonSubstituted forChadwickat 45'minutes
  • 15Simpson
  • 21Appiah
  • 9CunningtonSubstituted forBirdat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Lanzoni
  • 13Norris
  • 22Chadwick
  • 26Hurst
  • 27Taylor
  • 32Bird
  • 35Foy

Northampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Archer
  • 12Tozer
  • 6Collins
  • 36Cresswell
  • 33NeweySubstituted forRobertsonat 30'minutes
  • 23Mohamed
  • 32Murdoch
  • 25ByromSubstituted forSinclairat 84'minutes
  • 11HackettSubstituted forO'Tooleat 56'minutes
  • 9Richards
  • 24Toney

Substitutes

  • 1Duke
  • 4Carter
  • 5Langmead
  • 7Sinclair
  • 10O'Toole
  • 14Nicholls
  • 17Robertson
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
5,644

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cambridge United 2, Northampton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, Northampton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Tozer (Northampton Town) header from very close range is too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Robbie Simpson.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).

  7. Post update

    Stewart Murdoch (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Joel Byrom.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Kaid Mohamed.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Booking

    Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Liam Hughes (Cambridge United).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Cambridge United 2, Northampton Town 1. Ryan Bird (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kwesi Appiah.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Chadwick (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Northampton Town).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Chris Dunn.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe1695223121132
2Luton169431911831
3Shrewsbury1693425121330
4Bury169342617930
5Burton169252120129
6Plymouth16835189927
7Southend167451614225
8Cambridge177372821724
9Newport166642016424
10Portsmouth166551816223
11Morecambe167271817123
12Exeter166551919023
13Accrington167272427-323
14Cheltenham166461518-322
15Northampton176382625121
16Stevenage166372124-321
17Wimbledon165562225-320
18Mansfield165471419-519
19Oxford Utd164481823-516
20York162951420-615
21Dag & Red164391927-815
22Carlisle164392030-1015
23Tranmere162681522-712
24Hartlepool1633101227-1512
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