WILDER LIK­ING NEW DILEMMA

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Colin Hen­rys

CHRIS Wilder ad­mits he has a se­lec­tion headache af­ter Northamp­ton stormed to vic­tory at More­cambe – and the Cob­blers boss would love to have more.

Cap­tain and top scorer Marc Richards watched the game from the bench af­ter pick­ing up a slight side strain in train­ing, but in his ab­sence Law­son D’Ath, Sam Hoskins, Joel By­rom and Do­minic Calvert-Lewin all net­ted.

Tom Barkhuizen’s strike and Ryan Cress­well’s own goal gave the score a more re­spectable look for More­cambe, but Wilder’s big­gest dis­ap­point­ment was that his side had not scored more.

“Whether or not to put Marc Richards back in now is the sort of se­lec­tion de­ci­sion I’d love to have more of,” he said.

“I thought Do­minic Calvert-Lewin was out­stand­ing in his place. As soon as we scored we took the game away from them.

“We talked about not be­ing a yo-yo side.We needed to back up the win against Ox­ford and we backed it up in style.

“In truth, there was a spell in the sec­ond half where I was dis­ap­pointed we didn’t add to our tally. But to come to a team bang in form, and to score four goals, it’s a re­ally good re­sult for us.”

More­cambe ac­tu­ally started the brighter of the two, and Kevin El­li­son’s side-foot volley was tipped ac­ro­bat­i­cally over by Adam Smith on 14 min­utes.

But hav­ing weath­ered the More­cambe storm, the Cob­blers soon reaped their re­wards – Nicky Adams cross­ing left-footed on 31 min­utes for D’Ath to volley in un­marked.

More­cambe looked shell­shocked and just three min­utes later Buchanan’s low left-wing cross was missed at the back post to al­low Hoskins to dou­ble the lead side-footed.

By­rom made it three on 48 min­utes, curl­ing a left-footed free-kick in from the right which beat ev­ery­one to sneak in at the back post.

But for Barry Roche’s fine dou­ble save, to deny both Adams and Hoskins on 52 min­utes, it could have got worse for the hosts too. Barkhuizen gave More­cambe hope on 67 min­utes, ris­ing high­est to head in from a cor­ner.

But Calvert-Lewin re­stored the three-goal ad­van­tage on 69 min­utes, Adams again start­ing the move which ended with him back- heel­ing Al­fie Pot­ter’s cross in.

Still More­cambe were not fin­ished – El­li­son’s low cross trick­ling in at the back post on 86 min­utes af­ter de­flect­ing off Cress­well but it was too lit­tle, too late.

And boss Jim Bent­ley ad­mit­ted: “I’ve been let down.We played well for the first 30 min­utes but quite a few of our usu­ally re­li­able play­ers had a real bad day at the of­fice, and it’s not like them. The first goal took the wind out of our sails.

“I’ve said to the lads I can ac­cept be­ing beaten but it’s the man­ner of it. Too many play­ers re­ally dipped be­low their best.We know at this level, if that hap­pens, you’ll get found want­ing. “We were five un­beaten be­fore this but got beaten by the bet­ter team.”

PIC­TURES: Media Im­age

CLOSE SHAVE: Kevin El­li­son tries an early shot on goal STAR MAN NICKY ADAMS Northa

mpton D’ATH’S THE WAY: Northamp­ton play­ers celebrate Law­son D’Ath’s open­ing goal

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