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Northampton Town 2-2 Bristol Rovers

Northampton players celebrate
Northampton were in financial difficulty earlier this season

Northampton Town secured promotion to League One despite being held to a draw by Bristol Rovers at Sixfields.

Nicky Adams headed the hosts into an early lead before Sam Hoskins side-footed in a second after the break.

Matt Taylor's header and Ellis Harrison's low effort saw Rovers fight back to earn a point to boost their own hopes of automatic promotion.

But the Cobblers, who faced a petition for administration earlier this season, are guaranteed a top-three spot.

They have lost only once in the league since Kelvin Thomas's takeover of the club in November.

Northampton fans ran onto the pitch at the final whistle
Northampton fans ran onto the pitch at the final whistle

Fifth-placed Plymouth's loss to AFC Wimbledon meant this season will be the end of Northampton's seven-year spell in the fourth tier of English football, following relegation in 2009.

The Cobblers, who only escaped relegation to non-league on the final day of the 2014 season, are now 12 points clear at the top with five games remaining.

Rovers now lie fourth, two points behind third-placed Accrington.

The attendance of 7,579 was the largest ever recorded at Sixfields and Northampton's biggest for a league game since 1987.

Northampton skipper Marc Richards will miss the end of season run-in as he is to undergo an Achilles operation next week.

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Northamptonshire cricket captain Alex Wakely congratulates the Cobblers

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 18McDonald
  • 16Buchanan
  • 21O'Toole
  • 23Rose
  • 11Holmes
  • 14HoskinsSubstituted forD'Athat 77'minutes
  • 10AdamsBooked at 37minsSubstituted forCollinsat 77'minutes
  • 27MarquisBooked at 81minsSubstituted forTaylorat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 7D'Ath
  • 8Byrom
  • 15Potter
  • 19Collins
  • 22Prosser
  • 26Clarke

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2LeadbitterBooked at 79mins
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystal
  • 3Brown
  • 23BodinSubstituted forEasterat 71'minutes
  • 14Lines
  • 16LawrenceSubstituted forMontañoat 56'minutes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 10Taylor
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forHarrisonat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Parkes
  • 9Harrison
  • 11Gosling
  • 15J Clarke
  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 25Puddy
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
7,579

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 2.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 2. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Brown.

Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. James Collins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Foul by James Collins (Northampton Town).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces John Marquis.

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town).

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

John Marquis (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. James Collins replaces Nicky Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Lawson D'Ath replaces Sam Hoskins.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 1. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Leadbitter.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter replaces Billy Bodin.

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

Attempt saved. Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

John Marquis (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

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

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Sam Hoskins (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
1Northampton412610575433288
2Oxford Utd412113774373776
3Accrington412111966452174
4Bristol Rovers412261366422472
5Plymouth412181258391971
6Portsmouth401815767363169
7Wimbledon4017111259491062
8Wycombe411711134337662
9Exeter411711135854462
10Carlisle411515116058260
11Leyton Orient411612135455-160
12Cambridge411611145552359
13Mansfield411511155249356
14Barnet41159175661-554
15Luton40158175254-253
16Hartlepool40146204659-1348
17Crawley41138204468-2447
18Notts County40129195068-1845
19Morecambe41127226476-1243
20Yeovil411013183752-1543
21Newport411011204058-1841
22Stevenage41912204665-1939
23York41612234576-3130
24Dag & Red40610243771-3428
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