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Northampton Town 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

Andy Williams scored deep into stoppage-time as Northampton ended Forest Green's unbeaten start to the season with a dramatic victory at Sixfields.

Reuben Reid's first-half goal had the visitors on course to extend their undefeated start to 13 league games but Aaron Pierre levelled before Williams' last-gasp winner gave the Cobblers their first home win of the season.

Earlier, David Cornell was at full stretch to keep out Dayle Grubb in the opening exchanges and counterpart Robert Sanchez produced a similar stop to thwart Billy Waters.

Cornell also saved from Reid and Lloyd James and then Liam Shephard's lob landed on the roof of the net, before Rovers deservedly hit the front through Reid, who collected Reece Brown's long ball and rounded Cornell two minutes shy of half-time.

Northampton levelled just past the hour-mark as Jordan Turnbull headed David Buchanan's corner into the path of Pierre, who found the bottom corner.

Sanchez did well to deny Sam Hoskins late on but the home side would not to be denied thanks to Williams, who finished off fine work from Kevin van Veen to spark wild celebrations.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 2Facey
  • 18Turnbull
  • 16Pierre
  • 3BuchananSubstituted forBridgeat 78'minutes
  • 20WatersSubstituted forPowellat 90+3'minutes
  • 22CrooksBooked at 55minsSubstituted forvan Veenat 57'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21O'TooleBooked at 72mins
  • 8Foley
  • 7HoskinsBooked at 86mins
  • 9Williams

Substitutes

  • 4Odoffin
  • 10van Veen
  • 11Powell
  • 15Bowditch
  • 17McWilliams
  • 19Bridge
  • 34Ward

Forest Green

  • 1SanchezBooked at 60mins
  • 20Digby
  • 6RawsonBooked at 90mins
  • 19McGinley
  • 2ShephardBooked at 90mins
  • 4JamesSubstituted forPearceat 78'minutes
  • 10BrownSubstituted forWilliamsat 67'minutes
  • 7Winchester
  • 23Mills
  • 8Grubb
  • 26ReidSubstituted forGunningat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 11Williams
  • 13Montgomery
  • 16Gunning
  • 17Pearce
  • 18Archibald
  • 21Worthington
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
5,073

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, Forest Green Rovers 1. Andy Williams (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin van Veen.

Attempt missed. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Paul Digby.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Daniel Powell replaces Billy Waters.

Foul by George Williams (Forest Green Rovers).

Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Kevin van Veen (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Booking

Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Booking

Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Attempt missed. Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) header from very close range misses to the left.

Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Booking

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Liam Shephard.

Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shay Facey (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Hand ball by Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jack Bridge replaces David Buchanan.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Isaac Pearce replaces Lloyd James.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Robert Sanchez (Forest Green Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Sam Foley (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Lloyd James (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Attempt missed. Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town) header from very close range misses to the right.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nathan McGinley.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. George Williams replaces Reece Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Gavin Gunning replaces Reuben Reid.

Attempt missed. Kevin van Veen (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers).

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 1. Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Turnbull following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

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3Newport138322020027
4MK Dons13661168824
5Tranmere136521712523
6Colchester1364328151322
7Stevenage136341613321
8Forest Green134811912720
9Bury135441915419
10Crawley136161818019
11Carlisle136161315-219
12Oldham124531612417
13Swindon134541718-117
14Mansfield11371169716
15Yeovil124442015516
16Port Vale134271319-614
17Morecambe134181425-1113
18Crewe123361213-112
19Northampton132651119-812
20Notts County123361626-1012
21Grimsby12327918-911
22Cheltenham12237918-99
23Cambridge132291126-158
24Macclesfield130491124-134
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