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Northampton Town 3-2 Northwich Victoria

Northampton end Northwich dream

Northampton Town scored three late goals in four minutes to shatter non-league Northwich Victoria's dream of FA Cup glory at Sixfields.

Jimmy Ball put the visitors ahead before the break with a left-foot volley following a corner.

Richard Bennett nodded a second, but Northampton replied when Nicky Adams' shot deflected in off Sam Hoskins.

Adams was again the provider as Jason Taylor headed them level and Dominic Calvert-Lewin nodded the winner.

The game was partly overshadowed by a fire at a pub near the stadium which started shortly before the game and continued to burn throughout.

But there was no interruption to the action on the pitch, with both sides looking to reach round three for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

Fire at the Sixfields Tavern
The fire caused serious damage at the nearby Sixfields Tavern

After an early Calvert-Lewin effort was saved by Mason Springthorpe, who also kept out Ryan Cresswell's header, the home side showed little of the quality that had brought them five successive wins to carry them to third place in League Two.

And their failure to clear a corner cost them dear as midfielder Ball found the bottom corner for Northwich.

Zander Diamond almost equalised when his header was blocked near the line, but Bennett flicked his 15th goal of the season for the Northern Premier League visitors, the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, after Brian Summerskill caught David Buchanan in possession and his deft chip came back off the bar.

Cobblers boss Chris Wilder used all three substitutes and one of them, striker Marc Richards, forced a superb save from Springthorpe, diving low to his left.

A huge slice of luck brought their first goal, however, with Hoskins diverting the ball into the corner and Taylor and Calvert-Lewin found the net in a hectic finish to put the Cobblers into the hat for Monday's third-round draw.

Chris Wilder
Northampton boss Chris Wilder's face betrayed his feelings with his side 2-0 down
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ricky Holmes
The introduction of sub Ricky Holmes was a key factor in Northampton's dramatic comeback

Line-ups

Northampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 6CresswellBooked at 14minsSubstituted forHoskinsat 68'minutes
  • 16Buchanan
  • 4Taylor
  • 8Byrom
  • 7D'AthSubstituted forHolmesat 59'minutes
  • 15PotterSubstituted forRichardsat 45'minutes
  • 10Adams
  • 20Calvert-Lewin

Substitutes

  • 9Richards
  • 11Holmes
  • 12Lelan
  • 14Hoskins
  • 18McDonald
  • 19Watson
  • 26Clarke

Northwich Victoria

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Springthorpe
  • 2Byrne
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Astles
  • 3DuxburyBooked at 72mins
  • 8BallSubstituted forAliat 82'minutes
  • 4Krou
  • 7Summerskill
  • 10Howard
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forSanogoat 75'minutes
  • 9BennettSubstituted forAmisat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Ali
  • 13Smith
  • 14Roddy
  • 15Amis
  • 16Cook
  • 17Sanogo
  • 18Burnett
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
3,837

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamNorthwich Victoria
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home16
Away14
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 3, Northwich Victoria 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 3, Northwich Victoria 2.

  3. Post update

    Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Scott Duxberry (Northwich Victoria).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Iain Howard (Northwich Victoria) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Brian Summerskill.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Byrne (Northwich Victoria) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Northampton Town 3, Northwich Victoria 2. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ricky Holmes with a cross.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Northampton Town 2, Northwich Victoria 2. Jason Taylor (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicky Adams with a cross following a set piece situation.

  10. Post update

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Alex Byrne (Northwich Victoria).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Northampton Town 1, Northwich Victoria 2. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Adams following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Mohamud Ali.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Northwich Victoria. Mohamud Ali replaces Jimmy Ball.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Josh Amis (Northwich Victoria).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joel Byrom (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Zander Diamond with a headed pass.

  19. Post update

    Jason Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Aboubacar Sanogo (Northwich Victoria).