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Northampton Town 2-1 Morecambe

Northampton Town

Northampton beat Morecambe to secure a fifth straight League Two victory.

The hosts scored after just 26 seconds when Joel Byrom pounced from six yards, after Brendon Maloney's low cross was parried by Andreas Arestidou.

Morecambe equalised when Jack Redshaw's effort was saved by Matt Duke, allowing Jamie Devitt to head in off the post.

Northampton top scorer Marc Richards then converted Evan Horwood's 54th-minute cross before missing a penalty after Ricky Holmes had been fouled.

Morecambe keeper Arestidou dived low to his right to save Richards' 70th-minute penalty.

Having moved up to 11th, within five points of the League Two play-offs, Northampton's next two matches are at two struggling sides, 20th-placed Mansfield Town and bottom club Hartlepool.

Cobblers manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"I don't believe it should have been a struggle for us, but it was, so credit to the opposition for going for it. The supporters were fantastic as always.

"Zander Diamond has a problem with his hamstring. It's really disappointing. However, Ben Tozer came on and did a great job.

"We've got another big week coming up and hopefully we can keep it going. Hartlepool and Mansfield are fighting for their lives."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2MoloneyBooked at 90mins
  • 16DiamondSubstituted forTozerat 45+2'minutes
  • 6Collins
  • 3Horwood
  • 19D'Ath
  • 21Taylor
  • 25Byrom
  • 26HolmesSubstituted forNeweyat 89'minutes
  • 10O'TooleSubstituted forHackettat 81'minutes
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 4Carter
  • 7Bodin
  • 11Hackett
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 24Toney
  • 33Newey

Morecambe

  • 25Arestidou
  • 22ParrishSubstituted forEllisonat 45'minutes
  • 5HughesBooked at 69mins
  • 6Edwards
  • 2Beeley
  • 13Goodall
  • 17FlemingSubstituted forSampsonat 88'minutes
  • 19Wilson
  • 3Devitt
  • 27AmondSubstituted forMullinat 68'minutes
  • 7Redshaw

Substitutes

  • 4Kenyon
  • 9Sampson
  • 10Williams
  • 11Ellison
  • 12Mullin
  • 21McGowan
  • 44Jones
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
4,307

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Morecambe 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Morecambe 1.

  3. Post update

    Jack Sampson (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tom Newey (Northampton Town).

  5. Booking

    Jason Taylor (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Alan Goodall (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).

  9. Post update

    Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Tom Newey replaces Ricky Holmes.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Jack Sampson replaces Andrew Fleming.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Mullin (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

  15. Post update

    Shaun Beeley (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

  18. Post update

    Alan Goodall (Morecambe) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

  19. Post update

    Alan Goodall (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton29176641271457
2Wycombe291511341212056
3Shrewsbury29167641192255
4Luton28149534211351
5Southend2914963124751
6Newport2913793635146
7Bury29136104034645
8Plymouth291271033221143
9Exeter30119104042-242
10Stevenage29125123938141
11Northampton29124134740740
12Wimbledon28117104038240
13Morecambe29108112928138
14Cambridge28106124234836
15Oxford Utd29810113337-434
16Portsmouth2889112933-433
17Dag & Red2996143239-733
18Carlisle29103163750-1333
19Accrington28103153649-1333
20Mansfield2887132335-1231
21Tranmere2879122934-530
22Cheltenham2979132643-1730
23York29513112735-828
24Hartlepool2956182250-2821
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