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Northampton Town
1
David Cornell
4
Alan McCormack
Yellow card for Alan McCormack

Pollock 57'

5
Charlie Goode (c)
6
Jordan Turnbull
1 goals for Jordan Turnbull
7
Sam Hoskins
1 goals for Sam Hoskins
10
Nicky Adams

Anderson 83'

11
Andy Williams
14
Chris Lines
16
Scott Wharton
Yellow card for Scott Wharton
23
Michael Harriman
Yellow card for Michael Harriman
29
Billy Waters
Yellow card for Billy Waters

McWilliams 87'

Salford City FC
12
Kyle Letheren
2
Scott Wiseman
3
Ibou Touray
7
Luke Armstrong
8
Lois Maynard
9
Adam Rooney (c)

Dieseruvwe 71'

15
Cameron Burgess
Yellow card for Cameron Burgess
23
Nathan Pond
25
Joey Jones
Yellow card for Joey Jones

Lloyd 71'

32
Jake Jervis
44
Craig Conway

Whitehead 81'

Substitutes
33
Andrew Fisher
2
Reece Hall-Johnson
9
Harry Smith
12
Scott Pollock
17
Shaun McWilliams
19
Vadaine Oliver
44
Paul Anderson
Substitutes
33
William Evans
4
Oscar Threlkeld
10
Danny Lloyd
13
Sam Hughes
18
Danny Whitehead
20
Mani Dieseruvwe
34
Alex Doyle
Managers
Manager - Keith Curle
Managers
Manager - Graham Alexander
Match Officals
Referee - Lee Swabey
Assistant Referee - Steven Plane
Assistant Referee - Michael Webb
Fourth Official - Matthew Jones

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Match
Report

A disappointing afternoon for the Ammie die-hards who travelled to Sixfields, as home side Northampton Town ran out 2-0 winners. It’s difficult to dispute the destination of the points, although the Cobblers’ first goal arrived courtesy of what looked to be a very soft penalty. After back-to-back wins and clean sheets Graham Alexander probably expected more of his side, but they would never really get going as an attacking force.

There were a couple of changes from the lineup that edged out Cambridge United last week, with Nathan Pond restored to central defence following his international duty with Montserrat. In midfield, Jake Jervis returned in place of Richie Towell.

Salford were looking for a third consecutive win, yet most of the early pressure would be applied by Keith Curle’s Northampton Town. As early as the 3rd minute Andy Williams had a sight of goal but from just right of centre and 20 yards out could only drag a low effort wide of Kyle Letheran’s right-hand post. Billy Waters’ volley soon afterwards had power but lacked accuracy, sailing high over the crossbar.

Sam Hoskins’ run looked promising but Salford were getting men behind the ball during these opening stages and the shot was blocked.

The home side had a good chance to open the scoring on 9 minutes as Nicky Adams got in a decent cross from the left flank. Midfielder Chris Lines was on the end of it but his attempt to guide a header home was foiled by Letheren, moving smartly to his left to make a good save.

The Ammies had barely got out of their own half so far and with a dozen minutes played the home side went close again. Jordan Turnbull turned back to deliver a left-footed cross from the right, with possession falling for Waters beyond the far post. A nudged pass set up Hoskins to hit a low 20-yarder inches wide of Letheran’s right-hand upright.

There had been little of note from Salford until Joey Jones played a pass out to Craig Conway on the right. The hoisted cross that followed dropped beyond the far post, with a defender forced to nod behind as Jake Jervis closed in. Modest, but the best attacking moment so far for the visitors.

After that the game evened up in terms of possession and the Ammies’ first scoring opportunity came along in the 21st minute. Skipper Adam Rooney hit a low effort from an angle on the left with home keeper David Cornell forced to push the ball away to safety on the far side.

Salford had perked up and within a minute Conway picked up a headed clearance before heading to the line on the right. A pacy, low ball to the near post followed but Northampton’s Turnbull got to it just before Rooney.

It seemed that the tide of the game had turned, with Ibou Touray whipping in a free-kick from deep on the right. Big defender Cameron Burgess got up to meet the ball only to be penalized for pushing an opponent. Next to threaten was Rooney who picked up Touray’s ball from the left before turning to hit a low shot that Cornell gathered at his near post.

Better for Salford, but as half-time approached the Cobblers resumed their domination of possession, playing the ball around patiently outside the box. All that was missing was quality for the final ball, but Northampton would enjoy a slice of luck 11 minutes before the interval.

Adams’ cross from the left dropped for defender Charlie Goode on the far side of the area and he tried to push the ball past Burgess. There may have been contact but although it looked slight at most, Goode accepted the opportunity to hit the turf. To the astonishment of Salford’s players and supporters behind the goal the referee pointed the spot and the assistant referee – who had a better view of the incident – offered no objection.

It seemed harsh but that didn’t bother HOSKINS who drove a low finish into Letheren’s bottom right-hand corner.

The remainder of the half would provide little more in the way of action although Town’s Alan McCormack was booked for a foul on Jervis – or maybe for the histrionics that followed the decision going against him.

Salford’s Jones followed him into the notebook and Lois Maynard’s rising drive cleared the bar before the teams made their way to the dressing rooms.

HALF-TIME: NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1 SALFORD CITY 0

A yellow card opened the second half as Town’s Michael Harriman’s brought down the advancing Jervis.

In the 52nd minute Touray had a go with a free kick from at least 30 yards out but couldn’t keep the effort down. The Salford left-back almost fashioned an equalizer soon afterwards as he darted to the line, inside the box and on the left. A low ball zipped through the 6-yard box and with Cornell appearing to get a touch before the sliding Rooney was inches away from providing a finish.

Promising for Salford but they would struggle to build on those half-chances during what would be a fairly low-key second half. On the hour Jervis picked up possession just outside his own area before setting off on a driving run that took him deep into Town territory. Goode averted the threat, getting across to the flank and bringing the Luton loanee’s progress to an end with a well-timed challenge.

Scott Wharton was booked for a crude challenge on Conway but in the 66th minute – and somewhat out of nowhere – the Cobblers got a second goal. It was well worked too as Adams’ free-kick from the right was headed back inside from beyond the far post by Williams.TURNBULL was on hand to score from close range and the Ammies were two goals adrift.

Having made one goal Williams almost added another himself minutes later, chasing a ball into the right-hand side of the box before lobbing over the crossbar.

With just left than 20 to play Salford introduced Dieseruvwe & Lloyd for Rooney & Jones, but Northampton were disinclined to risk their two-goal cushion.

Waters was yellow-carded for an obvious dive inside the area – a fate that could easily have befallen team-mate Goode during the first half.

Town went close to a 3rd goal in the 76th minute as Adams hit a 25-yard free-kick that appeared to be curling inside Letheren’s left-hand post until the keeper got across to tip the ball to safety.

A great save, but with time running out Salford needed to be creating chances themselves.

In the event, there wouldn’t be much more goalmouth excitement during what remained of the game. Northampton substitute Paul Anderson almost made an instant impact following his 83rd minute introduction, but his rising effort from left-of-centre was high and wide of the target.

There was a penalty shout for Salford late on following a nudge on Luke Armstrong but the referee waved it away. In the 85th minute Maynard’s pass to the left found Danny Whithead who aimed a cross at the far post. Fellow substitute Mani Dieseruvwe got his head on it but the ball dropped harmlessly into Cornell’s hands.

Seven minutes of time added on failed to provide anything worth recording and the final whistle brought Salford City’s brief winning run to an end.

FULL-TIME: NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2 SALFORD CITY 0

An off-day for Salford City who had seemed to have turned the corner following a run of disappointing form. They never really ignited as an attacking force this afternoon and Northampton deserved their win.

Had that contentious penalty not been awarded just before half-time things may have turned out differently, but as things stand the Ammies must regroup for the midweek trip to Mansfield before entertaining Scunthorpe United next Saturday.

Last week’s win prompted talk of the play-off places and although today’s defeat drops Salford into 18th position, we are still only 4 points adrift of 7th placed Swindon Town. A few more good results would make a big difference, but consistency will be the key.

Attendance: 4,886 (151 Salford City)

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