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Northampton Town 1-2 Mansfield Town

Northampton's play-off hopes suffered a setback when they were beaten 2-1 by struggling Mansfield in a bad-tempered clash at Sixfields.

Forward Sam Hoskins was sent off for Cobblers after just 11 minutes and Danny Rose scored the subsequent penalty kick before Willem Tomlinson's second-half strike sealed Mansfield's first away win in over two months.

Northampton made the better start and Nicky Adams went close with a well-struck free-kick, acrobatically tipped over by Stags goalkeeper Aidan Stone.

But it all unravelled for the home side after 11 minutes when Hoskins saw red for pushing Harry Charsley as the last defender and Rose made no mistake from the spot.

Tempers flared on several occasions in a heated first half but Northampton coped well with their numerical disadvantage and Vadaine Oliver came close to levelling with a spectacular overhead-kick.

Steve Arnold produced a fine double save from Rose and Charsley before Tomlinson clipped the crossbar early in the second half.

Northampton were still in the game and Stone pulled off two excellent stops to deny Lloyd Jones and Scott Wharton, but it was game over with 16 minutes to go when Mansfield broke clear and Nicky Maynard slipped in Tomlinson, who calmly beat Arnold.

Northampton did manage a late consolation when Harry Smith headed in Adams' cross in stoppage time.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Northampton

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 25Arnold
  • 5GoodeBooked at 31mins
  • 6Turnbull
  • 16Wharton
  • 45MarshallSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 4McCormackBooked at 62minsSubstituted forJonesat 65'minutes
  • 8Watson
  • 10AdamsBooked at 90mins
  • 7HoskinsBooked at 10mins
  • 39MortonSubstituted forPollockat 68'minutes
  • 19OliverBooked at 54mins

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 9Smith
  • 12Pollock
  • 14Lines
  • 23Harriman
  • 33Jones
  • 44Anderson

Mansfield

Formation 3-5-2

  • 31Stone
  • 17Sweeney
  • 5Pearce
  • 15WattsSubstituted forWhiteat 87'minutes
  • 18Riley
  • 16TomlinsonBooked at 31mins
  • 6Bishop
  • 23Charsley
  • 22Hamilton
  • 32Rose
  • 11MaynardSubstituted forDaviesat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 3Benning
  • 9Davies
  • 14Evans
  • 25Sinclair
  • 28Knowles
  • 37Campbell
Referee:
Peter Wright
Attendance:
5,666

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 2. Harry Smith (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicky Adams with a cross following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Craig Davies (Mansfield Town).

  6. Booking

    Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Adams (Northampton Town).

  8. Post update

    Willem Tomlinson (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Lloyd Jones (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Craig Davies (Mansfield Town).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Watson (Northampton Town).

  12. Post update

    CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Vadaine Oliver (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charlie Goode.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Jones (Northampton Town).

  15. Post update

    Craig Davies (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Hayden White replaces Kelland Watts because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Goode (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lloyd Jones.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Craig Davies replaces Nicky Maynard.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Scott Pollock (Northampton Town).

  20. Post update

    CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe37209867432469
2Swindon36216962392369
3Plymouth37208961392268
4Exeter371811853431065
5Cheltenham361713652272564
6Colchester371513952371558
7Northampton371771354401458
8Port Vale37141585044657
9Bradford371412114440454
10Salford371311134946350
11Forest Green361310134340349
12Crawley371115115147448
13Grimsby371211144551-647
14Walsall36138154049-947
15Newport351210133237-546
16Cambridge37129164048-845
17Leyton Orient361012144755-842
18Oldham37914144457-1341
19Scunthorpe371010174456-1240
20Carlisle36912153756-1939
21Mansfield36911164855-738
22Morecambe37711193560-2532
23Macclesfield37715153247-1530
24Stevenage36313202450-2622
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