League Two
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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:

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Chris Wilder on Northampton v Hartlepool

"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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Hartlepool United 1.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Brad Halliday (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Nicky Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Scott Fenwick replaces Billy Paynter.

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

Foul by Brad Halliday (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

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

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town).

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

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

Booking

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

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town).

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

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

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

Booking

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

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

Foul by Kudus Oyenuga (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Sam Hoskins.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Brad Walker replaces Michael Woods.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Lawson D'Ath replaces Chris Hackett.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Kudus Oyenuga replaces Rhys Oates.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

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

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Brad Halliday.

Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Brad Halliday.

Booking

Connor Smith (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Smith (Hartlepool United).

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

Foul by Rakish Bingham (Hartlepool United).

Attempt missed. Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth126512011923
2Plymouth11722189923
3Oxford Utd12651179823
4Mansfield126422091122
5Accrington126421711622
6Wycombe11632168821
7Leyton Orient126332216621
8Northampton126331814421
9Carlisle125432222019
10Luton125342216618
11Morecambe125252323017
12Exeter115241616017
13Bristol Rovers115151412216
14Wimbledon124441314-116
15Notts County114251619-314
16Cambridge123541518-314
17Hartlepool124171219-713
18Crawley123361319-612
19York122551417-311
20Barnet123181422-810
21Yeovil122371320-79
22Stevenage112361118-79
23Dag & Red121561423-98
24Newport12138722-156
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