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Northampton Town 2-0 Cambridge United

Northampton made it three wins in a row in League Two with a home victory over Cambridge United.

Both goals came in the first half as Harry Smith's fine finish and an own goal from George Taft lifted the Cobblers to within three points of the top seven.

Cambridge goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov was called into action to tip over Scott Wharton's header before opposite number David Cornell produced an equally good stop from Paul Lewis midway through the first half.

Northampton moved in front after 26 minutes when Smith latched onto Nicky Adams' through ball and applied a composed finish into the bottom corner.

Mitov was quick off his line to deny Smith a second but the Cobblers striker played a role in doubling the lead when his cross was diverted into the net by Taft in first-half stoppage time.

Mitov stood tall to prevent Smith adding a third shortly after half-time while Cornell was at his best to thwart Marc Richards on his return to Sixfields as Northampton kept a third straight clean sheet.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 5Goode
  • 6Turnbull
  • 16Wharton
  • 44AndersonSubstituted forWatersat 58'minutes
  • 17McWilliams
  • 4McCormackBooked at 51minsSubstituted forLinesat 69'minutes
  • 12Pollock
  • 10Adams
  • 7HoskinsBooked at 45mins
  • 9SmithSubstituted forWilliamsat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hall-Johnson
  • 11Williams
  • 14Lines
  • 19Oliver
  • 23Harriman
  • 29Waters
  • 33Fisher

Cambridge

  • 1Mitov
  • 16Darling
  • 34WardSubstituted forKnibbsat 71'minutes
  • 4Taft
  • 2Knoyle
  • 7Hannant
  • 22Lewis
  • 19LambeBooked at 45mins
  • 11Dunk
  • 18RichardsSubstituted forO'Neilat 86'minutes
  • 20SmithSubstituted forDallasat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Taylor
  • 8O'Neil
  • 9Dallas
  • 15John
  • 17Davies
  • 25Burton
  • 26Knibbs
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
5,221

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home21
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Cambridge United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Cambridge United 0.

Foul by Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United).

Scott Pollock (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United).

Scott Wharton (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United).

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

Attempt missed. Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Foul by Luke Hannant (Cambridge United).

Billy Waters (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Liam O'Neil replaces Marc Richards.

Offside, Northampton Town. Scott Pollock tries a through ball, but Andy Williams is caught offside.

Kyle Knoyle (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Wharton (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Andy Williams (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. George Taft (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Hannant.

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Waters (Northampton Town).

Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Andrew Dallas replaces Sam Smith.

Attempt missed. Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Harvey Knibbs.

Harry Darling (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Williams (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Andy Williams replaces Harry Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Harvey Knibbs replaces Elliott Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Lines replaces Alan McCormack.

Offside, Northampton Town. Charlie Goode tries a through ball, but Billy Waters is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Reggie Lambe (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Nicky Adams.

Attempt saved. Marc Richards (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Lewis.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by David Cornell.

Reggie Lambe (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town).

Paul Lewis (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Smith (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. George Taft (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Reggie Lambe.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe159332617930
2Exeter168532318529
3Cheltenham1484226121428
4Forest Green15843189928
5Swindon168352619727
6Bradford158342215727
7Newport157621611527
8Northampton167362016424
9Colchester166551914523
10Plymouth166552420423
11Port Vale165742122-122
12Salford165651924-521
13Cambridge165562016420
14Mansfield165562422220
15Macclesfield155551618-220
16Leyton Orient165562427-320
17Crawley165562327-420
18Grimsby155462020019
19Oldham163671624-815
20Carlisle164391628-1215
21Walsall164391123-1215
22Scunthorpe163582125-414
23Stevenage162681221-912
24Morecambe1624101429-1510
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