The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO PLAY-OFFS - By James Heath

HE MAY not have scored for 14 games but Northamp­ton boss Aidy Boothroyd claims gi­ant striker Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa could prove the dif­fer­ence in their quest to reach the League Two play-off fi­nal.

The Cob­blers take a 1-0 lead into their sec­ond leg with Chel­tenham af­ter Roy O’Dono­van’s vol­ley sep­a­rated the sides at Six­fields on Thurs­day night.

But the pres­ence of Ak­in­fenwa has the Robins wor­ried ac­cord­ing to Boothroyd, de­spite a dry spell in front of goal dat­ing back to Fe­bru­ary.

“They were fright­ened to death of Ade­bayo and you can un­der­stand why. I wouldn’t want to play against him,” said the for­mer Wat­ford boss.

“He’s a fan­tas­tic player and he spring-boarded most of our at­tacks.The goal was a won­der­ful move.

“I want to thank our sup­port­ers. I thought that was bril­liant. The crowd kept us go­ing and I ex­pect the same at Chel­tenham.”

Ak­in­fenwa’s power in the 27th minute gave Chris Hack­ett the chance to cross for O’Dono­van to guide home.

Paul Ben­son wasted three good chances for the vis­i­tors while Ak­in­fenwa forced a su­perb save from Scott Brown.

“I’m prob­a­bly a hap­pier man than Aidy,” said Chel­tenham bossYates.“We took a bit of a bat­ter­ing and didn’t play any­where near our best.

“And, al­though we’ve had to deal with a lot of balls into our box, Scott Brown has only had one save to make but we’re only one down so it is game on.”

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