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Northampton Town 3-1 Macclesfield Town

Sol Campbell's Macclesfield saw their survival hopes dealt a blow with a 3-1 defeat to Northampton.

Dean Bowditch and Harry Smith exchanged first half goals but Daniel Powell and Junior Morias both netted after the break to hand the Cobblers their first win in over a month.

David Cornell kept out Ben Stephens and Nathan Cameron before Smith shot over as Macclesfield began on the front foot.

But the visitors fell behind after 25 minutes when Jordan Turnbull's clipped cross was neatly volleyed into the bottom corner by Bowditch.

Smith's header was then ruled out for offside but he was not to be denied seven minutes before half-time when he lobbed Cornell after being released by Stephens' pass.

Kieran O'Hara denied George Cox early in the second half but there was nothing he could do when Powell latched onto a short back header and slotted home just shy of the hour-mark.

Macclesfield nearly hit back through Elliott Durrell's terrific free-kick but their fate was sealed in stoppage-time when Powell teed up Morias for a tap-in.

The Silkmen remain two points above the relegation zone.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 4Goode
  • 16PierreBooked at 85mins
  • 18Turnbull
  • 7HoskinsSubstituted forElsnikat 80'minutes
  • 15BowditchSubstituted forPowellat 67'minutes
  • 33Pollock
  • 8Foley
  • 12CoxSubstituted forWilliamsat 65'minutes
  • 14Morias
  • 11Powell

Substitutes

  • 2Facey
  • 3Buchanan
  • 9Williams
  • 10Powell
  • 19Bridge
  • 22Elsnik
  • 30Coddington

Macclesfield

  • 1O'Hara
  • 27Cameron
  • 5Kelleher
  • 33Jules
  • 14Welch-HayesSubstituted forMartisat 77'minutes
  • 38Ntambwe
  • 23Whitaker
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 15StephensSubstituted forColeat 59'minutes
  • 7Durrell
  • 10SmithBooked at 75minsSubstituted forWilsonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Grimes
  • 8Marsh
  • 9Wilson
  • 17Evans
  • 28Idem
  • 30Cole
  • 39Martis
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
4,925

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 3, Macclesfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 3, Macclesfield Town 1.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nathan Cameron (Macclesfield Town) because of an injury.

Joe Powell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Cameron (Macclesfield Town).

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 3, Macclesfield Town 1. Junior Morias (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Powell.

Foul by Joe Powell (Northampton Town).

Elliott Durrell (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Junior Morias (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Scott Pollock (Northampton Town).

Elliott Durrell (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Scott Wilson replaces Harry Smith.

Attempt missed. Elliott Durrell (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town).

Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Junior Morias (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Timi Max Elsnik replaces Sam Hoskins.

Attempt saved. Junior Morias (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Liandro Martis replaces Miles Welch-Hayes.

Foul by Joe Powell (Northampton Town).

Elliott Durrell (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Charlie Goode (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt saved. Reece Cole (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Joe Powell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Joe Powell replaces Dean Bowditch.

Foul by Sam Foley (Northampton Town).

Brice Ntambwe (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Andy Williams replaces George Cox.

Foul by Junior Morias (Northampton Town).

Elliott Durrell (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Sam Hoskins.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Reece Cole replaces Ben Stephens because of an injury.

Delay in match Ben Stephens (Macclesfield Town) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Junior Morias (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City432315573393484
2Mansfield432016766353176
3MK Dons432291269462375
4Bury4321111177532474
5Tranmere4320111261461571
6Forest Green4319131163422170
7Exeter4318111458481065
8Carlisle43197176359464
9Colchester43189165952763
10Stevenage43189165453163
11Newport42189155558-363
12Swindon431516125350361
13Oldham4215141362501259
14Crewe43178185453159
15Northampton431318125656057
16Cheltenham431412175460-654
17Grimsby43148214154-1350
18Crawley43147224562-1749
19Port Vale431211203752-1547
20Morecambe431211204768-2147
21Cambridge431210213761-2446
22Macclesfield43912224673-2739
23Yeovil43910243863-2537
24Notts County43813224479-3537
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