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Fleetwood Town 3-0 Northampton Town

David Ball proved Northampton's undoing, creating one and scoring another as high-flying Fleetwood earned victory, their 17th successive game without defeat.

The Cobblers made the early running and should have gone ahead, as Marc Richards got goalside of Cian Bolger, lofting a neat ball to Michael Smith who rattled the woodwork from barely five yards out.

Justin Edinburgh's side seemed determined to stamp their mark on the game, Michael Smith firing wide from close range as the high-flying hosts looked to be limping to the break.

But the game turned in a second when Adam Smith hesitated under pressure from Ball.

The Fleetwood striker's chip was gathered by Devante Cole, who was denied at the first attempt but pounced on the rebound to find the net from the tightest of angles.

Ball might easily have doubled Town's tally within minutes of the restart, another moment of uncertainty going unpunished as his shot slipped just wide of the back post.

Fleetwood did soon find their second, Bobby Grant skipping around two men and firing past Smith from the right of the six-yard box.

A second goal in the space of four minutes ended any hopes of a Cobblers comeback, Ball this time the architect and scorer.

He made the most of David Buchanan's slip, racing in from the left and picking the moment to lift the ball over the advancing Adam Smith to bag his 13th goal of the campaign.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Fleetwood

Formation 3-5-2

  • 21Cairns
  • 5Eastham
  • 12Bolger
  • 37Davies
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 34DempseySubstituted forBrannaganat 81'minutes
  • 18GlendonSubstituted forNirennoldat 67'minutes
  • 11Grant
  • 3Bell
  • 10Ball
  • 44ColeSubstituted forHunterat 71'minutesBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 4Brannagan
  • 15Nirennold
  • 22Hunter
  • 35Ekpolo
  • 38Schwabl
  • 43Maguire

Northampton

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Smith
  • 32Eardley
  • 5DiamondBooked at 74mins
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 3Buchanan
  • 21O'Toole
  • 11WyldeSubstituted forBoatengat 61'minutes
  • 31TaylorSubstituted forMcCourtat 82'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 7Anderson
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forAndersonat 65'minutes
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 4Anderson
  • 6Zakuani
  • 8Boateng
  • 12McCourt
  • 16Beautyman
  • 18Phillips
  • 26Cornell
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
3,361

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fleetwood Town 3, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 3, Northampton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Victor Nirennold (Fleetwood Town).

  6. Post update

    John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Booking

    Jak McCourt (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Paul Anderson (Northampton Town).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Jak McCourt replaces Matthew Taylor.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hiram Boateng (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Cameron Brannagan replaces Kyle Dempsey.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Booking

    Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town).

  17. Post update

    Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Booking

    Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd34208661352668
2Scunthorpe331710659342561
3Fleetwood341710750321861
4Bolton32177844271758
5Bradford341316544321255
6Southend341411952421053
7Millwall33141094740752
8Peterborough34148124946350
9Oxford Utd32147114233949
10Rochdale32146124543248
11Bristol Rovers341211115153-247
12Walsall341113104144-346
13Wimbledon331013104443143
14Charlton3391594035542
15MK Dons33119134241142
16Northampton34117165057-740
17Gillingham34912134453-939
18Shrewsbury34108163547-1238
19Bury34107175161-1037
20Oldham34812142133-1236
21Port Vale32810143451-1734
22Swindon3489173248-1633
23Chesterfield3477203156-2528
24Coventry33510182952-2325
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