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Northampton Town 3-1 Morecambe

James Collins
James Collins fired Northampton Town's opening goal as they made it five league wins in a row

Northampton Town earned a comfortable victory against Morecambe to move two points clear at the top of League Two.

James Collins scored on his home debut from a Joel Byrom free-kick, before John-Joe O'Toole doubled the lead when he deflected Ricky Holmes' shot into the back of the net.

Rod McDonald headed a third for the Cobblers and Alex Kenyon had a shot over the bar for the Shrimps.

Paul Mullin scored a consolation goal for Morecambe from a loose ball.

The Cobblers have now won five straight league matches, while Jim Bentley's Morecambe saw their four-game unbeaten streak ended as they fell to 14th.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 18McDonald
  • 16BuchananBooked at 90mins
  • 11Holmes
  • 8Byrom
  • 21O'Toole
  • 20MartinSubstituted forAdamsat 84'minutes
  • 19CollinsSubstituted forHoskinsat 89'minutes
  • 9RichardsBooked at 27minsSubstituted forTaylorat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 4Taylor
  • 6Cresswell
  • 10Adams
  • 12Lelan
  • 14Hoskins
  • 26Clarke

Morecambe

  • 30O'Hara
  • 2Beeley
  • 5DugdaleBooked at 90mins
  • 22Parrish
  • 19WilsonBooked at 57mins
  • 17FlemingBooked at 26mins
  • 4Kenyon
  • 9BarkhuizenSubstituted forConlanat 85'minutes
  • 7DevittSubstituted forMolyneuxat 64'minutes
  • 11EllisonBooked at 58mins
  • 16MillerSubstituted forMullinat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Edwards
  • 10Molyneux
  • 12Mullin
  • 13Goodall
  • 23Doyle
  • 24Conlan
  • 27Kelleher
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
4,652

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 3, Morecambe 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 3, Morecambe 1.

Booking

Adam Dugdale (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Morecambe).

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

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Joel Byrom.

Booking

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins replaces James Collins.

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Kenyon (Morecambe).

Hand ball by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Luke Conlan replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Nicky Adams replaces Lee Martin.

Hand ball by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Shaun Beeley.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Marc Richards.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Adam Dugdale.

Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Rod McDonald (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Mullin (Morecambe).

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 3, Morecambe 1. Paul Mullin (Morecambe) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Paul Mullin replaces Shaun Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Lee Molyneux replaces Jamie Devitt.

Attempt missed. Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Lee Martin (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Morecambe).

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Andrew Fleming.

Booking

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Laurence Wilson (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton27184549311858
2Plymouth28175643251856
3Oxford Utd27149442231951
4Bristol Rovers28145939281147
5Portsmouth261111444232144
6Accrington24126642291342
7Wimbledon2711974032842
8Leyton Orient27101074338540
9Wycombe2611783227540
10Carlisle2510964340339
11Mansfield2710893630638
12Cambridge28108104040038
13Exeter27107103740-337
14Morecambe26105114646035
15Luton2797114038234
16Crawley28104143447-1334
17Notts County2696113846-833
18Barnet2896133644-833
19Stevenage28610123750-1328
20Newport2659123041-1124
21Hartlepool2473142339-1624
22Yeovil2748152641-1520
23Dag & Red2748152949-2020
24York2638152749-2217
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