League Two
NorthamptonNorthampton Town2HartlepoolHartlepool United1

Northampton Town 2-1 Hartlepool United

Marc Richards
Marc Richards scores the opening goal for Northampton

Two first-half goals were enough to earn Northampton victory over Hartlepool in League Two.

Cobblers scored early on as Marc Richards, assisted by Nicky Adams, struck from the centre of the box.

Pools striker Rhys Oates was denied by Adam Smith before Cobblers defender Ryan Cresswell headed in from a corner.

Rakish Bingham pulled one back for the visitors, rounding Smith and finishing into an empty net, but the Cobblers held on for a sixth win of the season.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"At times we played really well, we were looking for a quick start and we got it but we took our foot off the gas a bit at 2-0.

"We are disappointed with their goal because we were on top at the time, but a win is a win and we are delighted to get the three points.

"We played quick positive football and when we do that we are a good side."

Line-ups

Northampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Smith
  • 24Furlong
  • 6Cresswell
  • 25Brisley
  • 16Buchanan
  • 22HackettSubstituted forD'Athat 68'minutes
  • 21O'Toole
  • 8Byrom
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forTaylorat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Richards
  • 14HoskinsSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 76'minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 5Diamond
  • 7D'Ath
  • 12Lelan
  • 19Watson
  • 20Calvert-Lewin
  • 26Clarke

Hartlepool

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Bartlett
  • 27Halliday
  • 5Harrison
  • 26Boyce
  • 3Carroll
  • 23SmithBooked at 61mins
  • 14WoodsSubstituted forWalkerat 75'minutes
  • 16Featherstone
  • 15OatesBooked at 39minsSubstituted forOyenugaat 67'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 9Bingham
  • 10PaynterSubstituted forFenwickat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 6Bates
  • 8Walker
  • 11Oyenuga
  • 17Fenwick
  • 18Hawkins
  • 20Jones
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
4,477

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Hartlepool United 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Brad Halliday (Hartlepool United).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Nicky Adams.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Scott Fenwick replaces Billy Paynter.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Brad Halliday (Hartlepool United).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town).

  12. Post update

    Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

  14. Booking

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town).

  16. Post update

    (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

  19. Booking

    Kudus Oyenuga (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Darnell Furlong (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.